All the Cheesy Goodness for a Cheesy Valentine’s Dinner

Words: Stéphanie Pereira

The bustling madness of a packed restaurant on Valentine’s Day can easily kill the romantic ambience you were hoping for, so why not create your perfect, cheesy Valentine’s Day dinner yourself? Get cheesy and hopelessly romantic in the comfort of your own home. Win some serious brownie points and wow your date with a 3-course meal. If it involves cheese, it can’t be wrong…

Starters

If you’re going to treat your significant other to a romantic dinner at home, you might as well do the whole shebang – starting with the starter, of course.

Creamed Ricotta with Chunky Pea Pesto and Cheddar Crackers
Cheesy Valentine's Day Chevin and Cream Cheese Truffles with Melba Toast

Creamed Ricotta with Chunky Pea Pesto and Cheddar Crackers

Pro-tip for the first date: break the silence with happy crunching of yummy cheddar crackers.

Recipe for Creamed Ricotta with Chunky Pea Pesto and Cheddar Crackers.

Chevin and Cream Cheese Truffles with Melba Toast

These little cream cheese truffles are simple, yet impressive, canapés. These are seriously easy to make and pack a punch of flavour.

Recipe for Chevin and Cream Cheese Truffles with Melba Toast.

Herby Cheese and Bacon Straws
Rich Red Onion Soup with Gruyére Sticks

Herby Cheese and Bacon Straws

Crunchy bacon and cheese pastry sticks will never not be a good idea.

Recipe for Herby Cheese and Bacon Straws.

Rich Red Onion Soup with Gruyére Sticks

Warm up the vibe with this rich and flavour-filled soup with that satisfying crunch of the cheesy Gruyére sticks.

Recipe for Rich Red Onion Soup with Gruyére Sticks.

Cheesy Valentine's Day Kassler and Parmesan Cheese Croquettes
Cheesy Spanish Croquetas

Kassler and Parmesan Cheese Croquettes

Yummy deep-fried parmesan croquettes with crispy, fragrant pork pieces. Who wouldn’t love those!

Recipe for Kassler and Parmesan Cheese Croquettes.

Cheesy Spanish Croquetas

These deep-fried bundles of cheese and ham with roasted garlic aioli will woo anyone. The trick is that if you both eat them, you won’t smell the garlic!

Recipe for Cheesy Spanish Croquetas.

Romantic Cheesy Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two

The sharing of food is the epitome of love… but, you wouldn’t share your delicious cheesy goodness with just anyone, would you? We definitely wouldn’t; you’ve got to be something special to get a bite of our food…

Cheesy Valentine's Day Mini Fennel Fondue
Cheesy Valentine's Day Beer and Cheese Fondue

Mini Fennel Fondue

Deep-fried fennel bulbs dunked in melted Crottin punnets make for the perfect cheesy and romantic starter for two.

Recipe for Mini Fennel Fondue.

Beer and Cheese Fondue

Beer and cheese – the perfect combination. Drink it and dunk it, need we say more?

Recipe for Beer and Cheese Fondue.

Cheesy Valentine's Day Easy Wholewheat Prosciutto and Cheese Pizzas
Cheesy Valentine's Day Heart Pizza with a No-Knead Dough Base

Easy Wholewheat Prosciutto and Cheese Pizzas

Use wraps as a pizza-bases for quick and easy, cheesy circles of goodness to share.

Recipe for Easy Wholewheat Prosciutto and Cheese Pizzas.

Easy Cheesy Heart Pizza with a No-Knead Dough Base

Win their heart over with this oh-so-cheesy heart pizza for a proper cheesy Valentine’s Day dinner. Nothing says I love you like a heart-shaped cheesy pizza!

Recipe for Easy Cheesy Heart Pizza

Cheesy Valentine's Day The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Cheesy Valentine's Day Beer Bread with Grilled Mozzarella and Herb Oil

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

If your plan for Valentine’s Day is to Netflix-and-chill, then this four-cheese grilled sarmie with bacon bits (by Beer Country) will be the perfect dinner idea. Although we love the flavour that a braai imparts to a sarmie, you can also do it in the pan. No one will be disappointed with this bad boy, especially for a cheesy Valentine’s Day.

Recipe for The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Beer Bread with Grilled Mozzarella and Herb Oil

An easy beer bread that requires very little effort. Delicious when used to mop up grilled cheese with chilli-flavoured avocado oil.

Recipe for Beer Bread with Grilled Mozzarella and Herb Oil.

Cheesy Mains to Eat Your Heart Out

Like they always say, the way to the heart is through the stomach.

Cheesy Valentine's Day Bacon, Spinach and Gruyére 'Bread Pudding'
Cheesy Valentine's Day Luxurious Chicken Lasagne in a Flash

Bacon, Spinach and Gruyére ‘Bread Pudding’

This delicious bread pudding bake is bursting with flavour, comfort and cheese – mmm. Keep it simple but yum.

Recipe for Bacon, Spinach and Gruyére ‘Bread Pudding’.

Luxurious Chicken Lasagne in a Flash

Win over hearts with this creamy chicken lasagna.

Recipe for Luxurious Chicken Lasagne in a Flash.

Cheesy Valentine's Day Spinach, Mushroom and Ricotta Cannelloni
Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelised Leeks

Spinach, Mushroom and Ricotta Cannelloni

If your date isn’t desperately in love with you after this cheesy cannelloni dish… then we’re sorry, there’s probably no hope.

Recipe for Spinach, Mushroom and Ricotta Cannelloni.

Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelised Leeks

Classic Mac & Cheese with a little extra for that someone special. A hug in a bowl basically.

Recipe for Macaroni and Cheese with Caramelised Leeks.

Spinach, Ricotta and Tomato-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Crunchy Cheese Topping
Cream Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Puttanesca Sauce

Spinach, Ricotta and Tomato-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Crunchy Cheese Topping

Pro-tip for this Mediterranean-inspired dish: don’t skimp on the cheese! It’s a cheesy Valentine’s Day after all.

Recipe for Spinach, Ricotta and Tomato-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Crunchy Cheese Topping.

Cream Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Puttanesca Sauce

Give plain chicken breasts a makeover with a creamy filling and a punchy Italian sauce.

Recipe for Cream Cheese and Olive Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Puttanesca Sauce.

Dessert – The Cherry On Top of a Cheesy Valentine’s Day Dinner

End off your romantic, cheesy evening on the sweetest of notes – don’t forget the cheese.

Cheesy Valentine's Day Chocolate Cheesecake in a Jar
Cheesy Valentine's Day Classic New York Style Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake in a Jar

Made with love – these will be the perfect little jars to end off your V-day dinner.

Recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake in a Jar.

Classic New York Style Cheesecake

Pro-tip: Cheesecake is always the answer. This classic cheesecake is light, fluffy and delicious!

Recipe for Classic New York Style Cheesecake.

If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas for your loved ones, check out this list of budget-friendly things to do in Cape Town for Valentine’s Day.

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