Date nights are simply the best and with the weather getting cooler, we aren’t ones to say no to a fun date in the comfort of our own home more than likely wearing our pajamas. If fancy dinner dates are your jam, but so is wearing your pajamas, then you’ll love this five-course meal we’ve planned for a bougie dinner date night in.
Cocktail: Cranberry Moscow Mule
The best part about opting to stay in? Nobody has to be the DD and you don’t have to pay for an Uber, so go ahead and have just one more cocktail. We opted for a cranberry Moscow mule for our evening because we love any reason to get our copper mugs out and because this drink tastes like a fall day. All you need is cranberry juice, vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. Get the full recipe here!
Hors d’oeuvre: Mini Steak-Frites
Remember the name of the game is being bougie and these mini steak-frites bundles, if you will, are bougie, delicious, and easy to put together. If you love them, and we totally think you will, keep these in mind for the upcoming holiday season! All you’ll need for these are skirt steak, frozen fries, and a few pantry staples. Get the full recipe here!
Soup: Creamy French Onion and Mushroom
This soup recipe is everything you love about a steamy bowl of French onion soup but kicked up a few notches. And the best part? Since you and your date probably won’t eat an entire pot of soup, you can either save it for lunch the next day or dinner the next night. With a gourmet grilled cheese, of course. Get the full recipe here!
Salad: Chopped Autumn Salad with Apple Cider Dressing
This salad incorporates all the fall flavors! Think candied cinnamon pecans, apples, pears, bacon, and feta cheese to create something that is twice as delicious as it is pretty to look at. And again, you’ll have all of these ingredients on hand to have another go. Get the full recipe here!
Main Course: Apple Cider Braised Pork Shoulder with Roasted Garlic Whipped Butternut Squash
Congratulations, you’ve leveled up to the main course! If you aren’t full yet, then you have a lot more self-control than we do. Not that that stopped us or anything. Nothing screams fall more than a pork and apple dish or a squash side, for that matter. The pork shoulder will taste even better than it smells, though you’ll probably find that nearly impossible since it’s studded with garlic and cooked low and slow with onions, apples, and an apple cider braising. Get the full recipe here!
Dessert: Pumpkin Panna Cotta Tart with Ginger Macaron Crust
A light(ish) dessert to end your bougie dinner with! Think pumpkin pie but on a crispy, crunchy ginger cookie crust. Get the full recipe here!