10 Recipes to Make Him Fall in Love

The old saying that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach might be a tad outdated, but not completely untrue. Of course a man will fall in love without his girlfriend ever cooking for him. Men today don’t expect women to want to spend much time – if any – in the kitchen.

So that’s why when a woman does go all out and whips up something extra special, it gets his attention. And can make him think, “Hmmmm, maybe this is the woman I should spend my life with. She obviously cares about me if she made me something this delicious for dinner.”

Sure, it’s simplistic, but it’s proven to work. How else to explain dishes such as Glamour magazine’s famous Engagement Chicken, which has been around for years and has resulted in many marriages? Or Rachael Ray’s You Won’t Be Single for Long Pasta with Vodka Cream Sauce that has knocked the socks – and more – off many a man?

Don’t be boring with your dishes. Get creative with your choices, and let him know how much consideration you've put into preparing his special dish.

Also, consider your cooking skills. If you're more adept with a menu than a meat cleaver, take a cooking class and learn to prepare one or two special dishes. It will mean more to him than you can imagine. Even a guy who loves to get takeout still feels loved when his girlfriend makes him dinner at home.

With that in mind, here are 10 recipes to make to win his heart:


You Won’t Be Single for Long Pasta

Here’s another tried-and-true recipe to win his heart. And stomach. It’s simple and delicious, and beats any store-bought sauce. Vodka and pasta? What’s not to love? And because it’s Rachael Ray’s recipe, it’s all about the EVOO.

10 Recipes to Make Him Fall in Love

Engagement Chicken

This is a classic recipe, that has won many a man’s heart. It’s said to have resulted in numerous proposals, because it’s a classic dish that reminds a man of something his mom would have made for the family when he was growing up. (Just be sure and send us an invitation to the wedding.)

10 Recipes to Make Him Fall in Love

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Give him something sweet with these decadent chocolate cupcakes filled with chocolate chip cookie dough, topped with vanilla buttercream and a homemade chocolate chip cookie. Recipe courtesy of the Harvard Sweet Boutique.

10 Recipes to Make Him Fall in Love

Crab Cakes to His Heart

Win over the seafood lover in your life with breaded crab cakes that are seared to perfection. Using sweet lumps of crab and select spices, this is sure to become an appetizer favorite in your household.

10 Recipes to Make Him Fall in Love

Honey Truffle Chicken

Dining Dish’s Dara Bunjon said this recipe has been a hit everywhere she’s served it and “the aroma alone would make anyone fall in love.” It’s a simple recipe but takes an overnight marinade, with chicken drenched in honey, truffle oil, chicken stock and other seasonings.

10 Recipes to Make Him Fall in Love

True Love Apple Pie

This recipe resulted in a marriage proposal for Teri Gault, CEO and founder of The Grocery Game. Gault said, “I called my mom who knew the answer to everything. Told her I wanted Greg to marry me. In her sweet southern lilt, the solution was obvious, ‘Bake an apple pie.’ With that, and my ear to the phone, she talked me through it. I served him my apple pie, and only a few hours later, he popped the question! Even if you're not looking for a proposal, it is indeed a simple, but great apple pie!”

Sartori Orecchiette Pasta

When in doubt, go for a pasta dish and keep it light for the spring season. He’ll appreciate the effort. Featuring yellow tomatoes, asparagus and Sartori cheeses.

10 Recipes to Make Him Fall in Love

Sauteed Calamari

Executive Chef Chad Brown of Davio's Manhattan, shares his recipes for Sautéed Calamari, and pointed out that calamari is an aphrodisiac.

12 oz. fresh calamari (rings and tentacles)
3 oz. white wine
3 oz. heavy cream
1/4 oz. anchovy paste
1 oz. olive oil
1/4 oz. garlic, chopped
1/4 oz. parsley, chopped
Pinch hot pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste

Over medium high, heat oil in sauté pan. Add the calamari and cook for 2 minutes. Remove calamari from pan, set aside. Add the garlic to the pan until golden brown, deglaze with white wine. Add the heavy cream and anchovy paste to the pan and reduce by half. Add red pepper flakes and calamari cook for about 3 minutes or until hot. Salt and pepper to taste serve over grilled sliced bread.

10 Recipes to Make Him Fall in Love

Candied Tequila Bacon

It's no secret that bacon is irresistible to most men. Add in tequila, and you have a sure-fire winner. Try this Candied Tequila Bacon recipe, courtesy of

10 Recipes to Make Him Fall in Love

The Panty Dropper - A Short Ribs Recipe

Chief Pamela Braun shares her recipe for succulent short ribs get the pressure cooker treatment to cut down on cooking time, but not on flavor. But there are also notes on how to make these in the oven.

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