The nuances of cooking for a date are endless. You need to opt for a menu that’s quick to cook and assemble so you don’t spend the evening with your face inside a pan, whilst simultaneously making you look like a pro. Short of going for a Deliveroo in disguise, it’s a nightmare. Enter stage right – our foolproof date night dish.
PS – We would also suggest doing a dessert. You’ll look like a boss, you’ve made an effort, PLUS the evening won’t be over in 30 minutes. We’ve got your back hun, plenty of easy pudding recipes here.
Crab Butter and Fizz Fettuccini
Begin with a fizz cocktail (always). It’s outrageously easy and you’ll look like a boss.
Adding crab and fizz completely elevates a humble bowl of pasta, whilst still seeming understated. The sweetness of the Prosecco enriches the crab and butter sauce while the crumb and samphire add colour, texture and a bit of a kick.
Don’t cheat on using fresh pasta. It’s delicious and quicker than dried pasta.
Champagne (if it’s the week before payday Cava’s fine. Don’t use Prosecco)
Sparking Wine and Crab Fettuccini
160g Fresh egg Fettuccini
1/2 bottle Prosecco
2 Shallots, finely chopped
60g White crab meat
30g Brown crab meat
1 small pack Samphire
Small bunch of parsley
Squeeze of lemon juice
Scotch Bonnet Crumb (optional, but you’d totally be missing out)
Big handful Panko breadcrumbs
1 tbsp our scotch bonnet chilli oil – recipe here
Make Ahead: Scotch Bonnet Crumb (optional), recipe here
1 – Pasta (begin 60/80 mins before arrival, depending on your chopping skills)
Sweat the shallots in 15g of the butter until translucent. Pour in the fizz and boil down until you are left with a glaze. Try not to get drunk on the fumes. Whisk or ‘mount’ the remaining cold butter into the shallot and Prosecco glaze until you have a buttery sauce, add a squeeze of lemon juice and season.
Tip a boiled kettle into a second pan, blanch the samphire in the water for 30 seconds, drain in colander and run under cold water to stop it cooking further or going brown.
2 – Have a glass of wine, clean your bathroom
3 – Welcome your date
Pour them a champagne cocktail. Place a sugar cube in a champagne flute and add a few drops of bitters. Top with fizz. Hang out, don’t get too drunk.
4 – When you’re hungry
Re-heat the sauce over a low heat and chop the parsley. Bring a pan of salted boiling water to a rolling boil and add the fettuccini, cook for 2 mins.
Transfer the Fettuccini to the pan with the sauce, reserving some of the starchy pasta cooking water. Stir until all of the pasta is fully coated and add a slug of the water to loosen. Also throw in the crab, samphire, chopped parsley and mix well.
Divide the pasta between two bowls, topping with Scotch bonnet crumb.