20 romantic dinner recipes for an unforgettable Valentine's Day
You can never say no to white wine butter sauce, and this one is seriously the best ever.
Add the salty notes of the capers and sweetness of fresh scallops and you have a little bite of seafood heaven.
1. Seared Scallops with Caper Beurre Blanc
What could be more romantic than making and sharing a heart-shaped pizza with your sweetheart?
Just imagine the sparks flying as you knead the dough and spread the toppings.
2. Heart-Shaped Pizza with DIY Toppings
Veggie-packed pasta is perfect for date night because it's healthy, delicious and comes together fast.
So you can get back to spending time with each other.
3. Creamy Fettuccine with Shrimp, Spinach and Tomatoes
Bring your special someone on a taste-scape a fabulous Parisian bistro!
This classic dish is made easier and quicker with a simple 10-minute buttery, herby sauce to serve alongside the juicy steak.
4. Steak Frites with 10-minute Béarnaise Sauce
Swordfish is a great alternative to steak or other red meats.
This fish is best served medium-rare. Be sure to taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed.
5. Swordfish au Poivre
The sweet heat of the apple puree compliments the hearty richness of the tender beef in this recipe.
It's also easy to prepare but is special enough to leave a lasting impression.
6. Soy-Glazed Beef Short-Ribs
This fulfilling salad starts with an umami-rich marinade that takes its cues from Vietnamese, Thai and even Korean kitchens.
7. Vietnamese Steak Salad
Beets are great because they are super easy to work with.
For Valentine's Day, this ravioli offers a festive but sweet and earthy combination of flavors.
8. Ravioli San Valentino
This creamy, rich pasta comes together in a flash — and your date will be blown away by it.
Use a cast iron skillet the same size as the wheel of brie. This way if any oozes over the cleanup will be easy.
Take a classic comfort food and transform it into an elegant dish fit for royalty. The blend of sharp cheddar, nutty Parmesan, the gradual build of mild heat from the pepper jack and the sweet and briny lobster meat make this mac unforgettable.
10. Lobster Mac and Cheese
This dish is soul-satisfying, and you're truly able to get a bite of a meatball and pasta with sauce in each bite.
This is a bit of a play on the traditional Italian-style pasta. The maccheroni is a timeless, rustic shape.
11. Maccheroni with Polpettine
Fish fillets baked in parchment with a colorful assortment of vegetables make an effortless and awesome dinner.
Plus, they smell incredible once you open the parchment, add fresh herbs and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.
12. Baked Cod with Asparagus and Shiitake Mushrooms
This dish is like a fancy-pants version of beef stew: every bit as comforting but with an elevated twist that makes it perfect for a Sunday supper with family or for entertaining very important guests.
13. Braised Beef Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes
This delicate, elegant dish is surprisingly simple to make. Adding the crunchy peanuts offsets the soft, voluptuous nature of the sea scallops yet still echo their buttery flavor. This is a dish in which you really have all the basic tastes of salt, sour, hot and sweet.
14. Sea Scallops with Crushed Peanuts and Cucumber Relish
All you have to do is grind the thyme, fennel seeds, salt, and pepper, mix it with olive oil, and brush it on the chicken.
Assemble the chicken in the pan and refrigerate for a few hours before roasting.
15. Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken
Sweet tomatoes, earthy eggplant and a little red pepper for spice make it a hearty dish for any night.
Normally topped with ricotta salata, this version uses a whipped ricotta to balance the tomato-based sauce with a creamier texture.
16. Pasta alla
This recipe looks much fancier than the amount of work required to make it.
Pair it with a protein — like chicken or steak — or serve it on its own for a showstopping vegetarian main.
17. Rosemary Garlic Hasselback Potatoes
This eye-catching, ruby-red pasta is always the star of a party.
It only takes 20 minutes, including both prep and cook time, and the noodles take on a sweet, earthy flavor from the wine.
18. Red Wine
Five ingredients (not including oil, salt and pepper) come together to make this a one-pot meal.
Making deep gashes into the chicken before roasting not only allows the spices to penetrate more deeply, it also speeds up the cooking.
19. 5-Ingredient Harissa Chicken with Potatoes
Take your holiday dinner to the next level with this delicious seafood pasta. Stir in the arugula, tarragon, basil, peas and lobster and simmer and additional minute or until everything is heated through. Serve with additional parmesan if desired.