11 Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes

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Who needs a fancy dinner out for Valentine’s Day? Try your hand at one of these delicious recipes and cozy up with your significant other at home instead.

Feb 12, 2014 | 10:25 PM

With all the gift giving, reservation-making, and general pressure that accompanies Valentine’s Day, the real reason for the holiday—showing your significant other how much you care about them—can get lost in the mix.

Instead of booking a cramped table at the fanciest restaurant in town, consider bypassing the crowds this Valentine’s Day in favor of a quiet and comfortable night at home. That said, you're going to have to do more than bring home some fancy chocolates (as delicious as they may be).

But don't worry—we handpicked some mouthwatering recipes to help you and your lovebird get in a warm, romantic mood this Friday night. Check them out below: 

1. Pan-Seared Strip Steak with Red-Wine Pan Sauce and Pink-Peppercorn Butter with Celery Root and Parsnip Puree, via Bon Appetit.

A classic, hearty dinner that couldn’t be more simple to make.


2. Nico Monday and Amelia O’Reilly’s Smoked Fish Chowder, via Serious Eats.

A lighter (but still substantial) option. Perfect with a crusty baguette.


3. Crispy Duck Breasts with Glazed Carrots, via Saveur.

Elegant and decadent, this Asian take on a French classic will be sure to win her heart.


4. Linguine with Clams and Chilies, via Saveur.

Spice things up with this savory seafood pasta dish.

5. Deep-fried Oyster Po’ Boy Sandwiches with Spicy Remoulade Sauce, via Food Network.

A laid-back, deep-fried take on everyone’s favorite aphrodisiac.


6. Lemon and Toasted Almond Risotto, via Food52

Lemon zest perks up this silky smooth risotto.


7. Scallops with Chestnut Sauce and Crisp Sage, via Food & Wine.

Crispy sage leaves and a sauce made from pureed chestnuts add amazing textural contrast to this tasty dish.


8. Classic Cheese Fondue, via Food & Wine

You can’t go wrong with this 70s favorite (it involves cheese…need we say more?).


9. Chocolate Pots de Crème, via Food Network.

Of course, you need to finish your meal with a little something sweet. Here’s one for chocolate lovers…


10. Rum, Caramel, and Banana Bread Pudding, via Bon Appetit.

…And another for fruit fanatics.


11. Baked Eggs with Artichoke and Parmesan, via Bon Appetit.

And if you don’t make it to dinner at all (blame the champagne), breakfast in bed on Saturday morning is a pretty sweet treat, too. Click here for the full menu from Bon Appetit.

Cover image credit: Theguardian.com

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