Ready to ignite that old flame? Or perhaps spark a new one? Take your partner by the hand and turn on your stove. A true romantic, award-winning author Sloane Taylor brings her creativity to the kitchen with easy-to-make meals sure to spark the intimacy and quality time you want with your special someone. Cooking together is only the start of the fun!
Create 45 complete dinners for two and flavor your evenings with a new dish. These 80 recipes use everyday foods already on most kitchen shelves. The recipes are easily increased for those fun times friends or family join your table.
Date Night Dinners, Meals to Make Together for a Romantic Evening, is an ideal gift for engagements, bridal showers, anniversaries, or for anyone who wants to spice things up.
Splurge this weekend with an eye of round roast cooked to perfection and all the tasty fixings. The beautiful aroma will draw your partner to the kitchen ready to help prepare dinner even if it’s only to open and pour the wine.
Serve with Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Broccoli, and Red Wine – Valpolicella.
Eye of Round Roast with Sauce
- 2¼ – 3 lb. (1 – 1.5kg) eye of round roast
- 2 tbsp. (30ml) olive oil
- 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
Remove meat from the refrigerator at least 1 – 2 hours before cooking. Meat needs to be almost room temperature for this dish to work.
Preheat oven to 325° F (160°C).
Heat olive oil in a skillet set over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Using tongs or wooden spoons, brown the meat on all sides. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil. Be sure to hang it a little over pan sides. Lay beef on foil. Pour stock into bottom of the pan, not over the meat.
- 4 tbsp. (60ml) mustard, either yellow or Country Dijon
- 2 lg. garlic cloves, pressed
- ¼ cup (30g) fresh parsley, chopped or 1 tbsp.(15ml) dried
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Mix above ingredients in a small bowl. Spread over the top and a little on the sides of the beef.
Roast in the oven for 1 hour or until 140° F on a meat thermometer. Don’t overcook or the meat will be tough. Check the liquid level and add more stock if it runs dry or the pan will burn. When meat is cooked, remove from oven, set on a cutting board and tent with foil to keep warm.
- ¼ cup (60ml) dry red wine
- 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
- 1 tbsp. (15ml) red currant or seedless raspberry jelly
- 1 tbsp. (15ml) butter
Time to deglaze the roasting pan. It’s easy and requires little effort.
Carefully remove foil from pan and discard.
Place pan over a burner set on medium. Add red wine. Turn heat to medium-high. Pour in stock.
Boil until sauce has reduced to half while scraping in anything that clings to the bottom and sides of the pan.
Remove pan from the heat and swirl in butter. Keep sauce warm on very low heat while you carve the roast.
To serve, arrange pieces on individual plates or a platter. Dribble sauce over meat to moisten. Serve extra sauce on the side.
If you have leftovers, freeze the meat and sauce separately.
What People are Saying About Date Night Dinners
- Bring your date nights back home! Sloane Taylor’s delicious meals are the perfect prelude to romance. Helen Hardt, #1New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author
- These recipes are sure to please the palate and make your romantic night a perfect memory. Enjoy! Jan Springer, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Romance Author
- With Date Night Dinners Sloane Taylor reminds us that our relationships should be savored like a fine meal. Chris Pavesic, Award-Winning Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author
- Any recipe is a perfect date night dinner because it can quietly simmer away while the diners are doing umm…other things. Vonnie Hughes, Romantic Suspense Author
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