There's nothing quite like a romantic dinner to show your significant other how much they mean to you. But let's face it, sometimes cooking an elaborate meal can seem daunting. That's where BJ's Wholesale Club comes in.
With their wide selection of high-quality ingredients, you can create a delicious and impressive dinner for your date for much less than your meal at a restaurant.
In this blog post, I'll share some of my favorite recipes using ingredients from BJ's.
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First, to make a dinner date at home more fun, you must serve an appetizer. If you aren't up to it, BJ's has a fantastic selection of premade appetizers. Otherwise, you can grab all the ingredients you need at BJ's to make the following recipes.
Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
For me, a romantic dinner always starts with an appetizer. My go-to recipe is Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms. This recipe calls for just a few simple ingredients: mushrooms, cream cheese, garlic, and breadcrumbs.
All of these can be found at BJ's for cheaper prices than our local grocery store. Opt for the Wellsley Farms cream cheese because it's cheaper!
You can splurge at BJ's and get the good Shittake mushrooms for this one for $5!
To make this appetizer, simply mix the mushrooms with cream cheese, garlic, and breadcrumbs and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Your date will be impressed by your cooking skills and the delicious flavor of this appetizer.
Make a classic pasta dish – Penne alla Vodka
Regarding the main course, you can't go wrong with a classic pasta dish. My favorite recipe is Penne alla Vodka. This dish is easy to make and always impresses.
You'll need penne pasta, canned tomatoes, heavy cream, vodka, and parmesan cheese – all of which can be found at BJ's. I like to make this recipe even easier and grab the Rao's Homemade Vodka sauce if I can find it at my local BJs.
Our Rochester, NY stores tend to have it over the smaller clubs.
Simmer canned tomatoes with vodka and cream to make this recipe and serve over cooked penne pasta. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil. This is a dish that your date won't soon forget.
Finish with a decadent dessert – Chocolate Lava Cake
Nothing ends a romantic dinner better than a gooey, chocolatey dessert. And let me tell you, BJs Wellsley Farms Organic Cocoa Powder is a game-changer. It's rich and smooth and gives this lava cake its irresistible charm. Just make sure you don't overbake it.
You want a cake with a molten center, not a hockey puck (yes, I learned this the hard way).
BJ's has a fantastic selection of desserts; if you aren't feeling adventurous, you can grab one instead. My favorite recipe is Chocolate Lava Cake. This dessert is incredibly indulgent and perfect for sharing with your date.
You'll need chocolate, butter, eggs, sugar, and flour – all of which can be found at BJ's. To make this recipe, melt chocolate and butter and mix in eggs, sugar, and flour. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the outside is set and the inside is gooey.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or fresh rasberries and your date will be in dessert heaven.
Share some funny cooking mishaps
Even the best cooks have had a few cooking mishaps along the way. Share some of your own funny stories with your date.
Maybe you burned a dish or forgot to add an ingredient. It's always good to laugh at yourself and share a few funny moments.
Don't forget the ambiance
Creating the right ambiance is just as important as the food itself. Light candles, create a cozy atmosphere and play some romantic music. BJ's has a great selection of candles and home decor items to help you set the mood.
Cooking a romantic dinner doesn't have to be stressful. You can create a delicious and impressive meal for your date with the right ingredients and a little planning.
BJ's offers a wide selection of high-quality ingredients at affordable prices, making it easy to create a meal that your date won't soon forget.
So, why not try some of these tried-and-true recipes and share a few funny stories along the way? You and your date are sure to have a great time.
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