Celebrate Love and Kosher Cuisine: A Romantic Dinner Recipe Guide

happy couple enjoying a valentines day dinner with kosher food and wine

Nothing says “I love you” like a home-cooked kosher meal for two. Eating kosher not only shows our reverence to God—it also helps us feel connected to the people we love most. This Valentine’s Day, wow your special someone with a candlelit kosher dinner that’s sure to impress. We’ll help you plan every detail so the food is delicious and the ambiance is just right. 

The Significance of Kosher in Romantic Dining 

Preparing a kosher dinner isn’t hard. You just have to follow a few rules. To keep kosher:

  • All animal products must be from kosher food animals 
  • All kosher meat must be from animals that are slaughtered properly
  • Kosher food animals must have cloven (split) hooves and also chew their cud, including goats, cows, and sheep
  • All dairy must come from a kosher animal
  • Dairy and meat should never be combined
  • Fish must have fins and scales (so no shellfish, crabs, shrimp, or lobster)
  • You may eat chicken, geese, turkey, and quail 

Keeping kosher may feel like you have to follow a lot of rules, but adhering to them is an act of reverence, which sets the tone for your entire meal. Eating kosher is a part of the covenant we made with God, and following these sacred rules together makes a romantic dinner more meaningful.

Setting the Scene for a Romantic Evening 

A special dinner calls for more than delicious food and drinks. Set the tone with the right lighting, table decor, and music to impress your loved one and show how much you care. Purchase a bouquet of fresh cut flowers for the table, set out your finest dishes, and set the table for two. Use the dimmer switch if you have one to lower the lighting or turn the lights off and serve your meal by candlelight. Make a playlist of songs that remind you of your loved one or ask Siri to play a mix of crooner tunes. 

Pop open a bottle of kosher wine or make this sparkling peach spritzer to start your celebration.

Starter: White Velvet Potato Soup

Start the meal off with a simple, yet elegant appetizer. This white velvet potato soup is creamy, flavorful, and easy to prepare. The recipe makes 8 servings, but it’s easy to halve so you have dinner for two (and leftovers for tomorrow).

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (about 2 or 3) celery root, peeled and diced
  • 4 cups potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine or apple juice

Directions

  1. Boil the vegetables, water, bay leaf, and garlic. 
  2. Partially cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the bay leaf and blend with an emulsion blender until the soup is smooth.
  4. Stir in wine and salt and cook for 3 more minutes.

Serve soup in bowls with a drizzle of oil, and garnish with scallions and croutons.

Main Course: Roast Rack of Lamb With Mustard, Apricot, and Rosemary

There’s something about a rack of lamb that instantly elevates a meal and makes it feel extravagant. Best of all, it’s easy to prepare and makes enough for two servings with food to spare. Here’s how to make a tender, flavorful roast rack of lamb that scores a 10/10 in presentation and taste and is 100% kosher.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole rack of lamb
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 1 T apricot preserves
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary (or 1/2 tsp dried rosemary)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Put the rack of lamb into a roasting pan.
  3. In a bowl, combine the mustard and apricot preserves.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly on top of the meat.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with rosemary.
  6. Roast for 20 to 35 minutes (the lamb is done when a meat thermometer reads 120-140 degrees).

Pro tip: let the meat rest for a few minutes before you carve it. 

Serve with sauteed green beans, a side salad, or rice, and pair your meal with a kosher red wine or a fruity sangria

Side Dish: Kosher Roasted Vegetables and Couscous With Dried Fruit

Side dishes can be as easy or complicated as you choose. For simple side dishes, stick to fresh vegetables that are properly seasoned and roasted to perfection. Look for in-season vegetables to create the freshest and most flavorful side dish for your romantic meal. Simply dice and season your green beans, carrots, squash, or potatoes. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and roast your vegetables until their crispy and delicious. Spices like garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, enhance the flavor profile, and a dash of red pepper flakes can add a little heat. 

For a more complicated and colorful dish, consider making this couscous with dried fruit.

Dessert: Decadent Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Sweet, decadent chocolate-dipped strawberries are the perfect ending to a heavy meal—and they taste best when you feed them to each other. Here’s a quick recipe for making them at home:

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Strawberries
  • 10 oz chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet, or bittersweet)

Directions

  1. Wash and completely dry each strawberry.
  2. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Heat the chocolate at 10-second intervals. Stir.
  4. Once the chocolate has melted, hold the strawberry by the stem and carefully dip it into the bowl.
  5. Lay dipped strawberries on wax paper to dry completely.

Feel free to get creative with toppings like sprinkles, cookie crumbles, and drizzled white chocolate. 

Visit Sarah’s Tent Kosher Market For Everything You Need to Create  Romantic Kosher Meal

Cooking kosher and feeding the people we love has been a longstanding tradition in the Jewish community. Preparing a romantic dinner is the perfect opportunity to honor God and show your partner how much you care. At Sarah’s Tent Kosher Market, we’re here to help you cook the most delicious kosher meal with quality kosher ingredients. Stop by our website or visit our shop to purchase everything you need to create a magical, memorable night filled with flavorful food and lots of love.

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