Who says you have to go out to have a good time? A casual movie at home, or a sunset supper on the patio or by a window, or even a game night for two with plenty of snacks can be a totally fun way to spend an evening.
My partner Nick and I chose these seven recipes for our date nights over the past few weeks. All the recipes have minimal ingredients and are easy to make! You can see us demonstrate many of these over on the Cook’s Country Instagram page; tap “Date Night” in the highlights bar. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Stovetop popcorn is so much better than a microwaved bag. This simple recipe comes together in minutes and produces crunchy, buttery popcorn, just right for movie night on the couch.
Buttered PopcornThe key to perfect popcorn is to keep the lid slightly ajar so the steam, but not the popping kernels, can escape, guaranteeing crispy, light popcorn.
Goat Cheese Log
No need to break the bank on fancy cheeses. This date night treat is relatively inexpensive and can also be made ahead of time, making it easy to plan your relaxation.
Goat Cheese Log with Herbes de ProvenceFreezing the log makes it easier to roll in the herbes de Provence. Let it sit at room temperature before serving to make it spreadable—no broken crackers.
This dip is creamy, savory, and hot—just perfect for a movie night or game day. I chose this heirloom recipe because my mom used to make something similar when I was a kid. It's comforting and reminds me of home.
Pizza DipDon't skip the cooling time; this dip is hot!
This recipe uses store-bought pizza dough, saving time without sacrificing quality. If you can’t find premade pizza dough or want to make your own, we used the Cook’s Country’s Classic Pizza Dough which yields 1 pound of dough.
Garlic and Herb BreadsticksIf possible, buy bagged pizza dough that is still partially frozen; the yeast is more likely to be active, which will give the breadsticks a better rise during baking. It's important to let the dough come to room temperature before beginning the recipe.
Chocolate Orange Mousse
This rich chocolate mousse has a creamy texture and comes together in seconds in the blender. We love it, and I assure you we will be making this dessert over and over again.
Chocolate Orange MousseFor a nonalcoholic version of this dessert, substitute orange juice for the Grand Marnier.
French Bread Pizza
This recipe combines the best of garlic bread and pizza. Slathering the cut side of the bread with a spicy garlic butter and brushing the crust side with olive oil, then crisping it up before topping and baking a second time, ensures maximum crunch and flavor.
French Bread PizzaA 24 by 4-inch loaf of supermarket French bread, which has a soft, thin crust and fine crumb, works best here.
No-Churn Ice Cream
After a few spins in the blender the ice cream base is ready to freeze and enjoy for a late-night dessert. Be sure to plan ahead because it takes six hours to freeze.
No-Churn Ice CreamWe have a dozen variations of this recipe available; scroll down on the recipe page and you'll see a few options to try.
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