[Photograph: Vicky Wasik, J. Kenji López-Alt, Morgan Eisenberg]
It may be customary to celebrate Valentine's Day with a high-end dinner, but it's one of the worst nights of the year. You will do much better at home, and this gives you the perfect excuse to try these luxurious dishes that you have watched closely: lobster, steak, and so on. Whether you want to make an ultimate steak, homemade pasta or a decadent seafood dish, here are 27 recipes that will help you show your partner how much you love them. Can not find the right one? Visit our Valentine's Day page to find a host of other romantic recipes.
[Photograph: Sydney Oland]Jurors wonder whether or not oysters are an aphrodisiac, but they are an elegant way to start a meal for Valentine's Day. You can keep them raw or cook them with cream and spinach to get oysters with florentine. Ask your fishmonger for extra large oysters for this recipe.
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Even though oysters have fanatics, lobster reigns supreme in luxury seafood. For a more interesting preparation than a steamed lobster tail, try this Colombian ceviche. We boil the lobster for a few minutes before throwing it in a lime juice marinade flavored with shallot, jalapeño and coriander to finish cooking.
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Baked brie crusted Thyme and fig jam
[Photograph: Emily and Matt Clifton]Going for a brie tour is one of the best ways to raise your cheese board. In this version, the cheese is covered with fig jam and thyme leaves and wrapped in a puff pastry before cooking. You can also try to wrap the brie with applesauce and pears or get rid of the puff pastry and serve it with honey and pistachios.
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Balsamic-Strawberry Dip with Goat Cheese
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Strawberries and cheese are romantic foods (I'm not the only one who thinks cheese is romantic, is not it?), So it's appropriate to serve them together on Valentine's Day. . This tangy dip combines goat cheese with cream cheese and honey. We cook the dip until it is golden and melted and we garnish it with a mix of fresh strawberries, basil and a balsamic reduction.
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Fried Roman-Jewish Artichokes (Carciofi went to Giudia)
[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Expected as flowers, these artichokes are well above your average fried fare. We fry them twice, so that the inside tender and crispy exteriors. For the most traditional flavor, fry the artichokes in olive oil, but use a neutral oil if you want the flavor of the artichoke to manifest itself more clearly.
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Artichokes in the Old at the Barigoule To mushrooms
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Not interested in double fried artichokes? These artichokes at the barigoule, one of the most famous dishes of French Provence, is an excellent alternative. The artichokes are stuffed, wrapped in a pancetta and braised gently until they are tender and succulent.
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Creamy beet gratin with pistachio crumble
[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]This creamy gratin with beetroot has a beautiful pinkish red color, perfect for Valentine's Day. Earthy beets are sliced thinly, layered and immersed in a cream enriched with pepper. The mixture boils until the cream is cooked and the beets are tender. The last dish is topped with a crisp and salty mixture of pistachios, bread crumbs panko and a pinch of sugar to balance the light heat of the chilli.
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Rich and creamy lobster bisque
[Video: Natalie Holt]Lobster bisque is not an everyday soup, but it is perfect for a romantic dinner for two. The bisque is deeply rich and tasty, packed with tender pieces of lobster meat. It takes a bit of work to put that on the table, but it is worth the wait.
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Square of lamb under vacuum
[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]The rack of lamb is a little expensive, so if I'm going to cook it, I want to cook it properly. The best way to make sure your lamb is a medium-rare rosé from one edge to the other is to cook it under vacuum. Once the lamb is cooked, have it seared in an extremely hot cast iron pan. Make sure to open the windows and turn on the vent because there will be some serious smoke.
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Ribeyes boneless (under the name The Ultimate Steak), aged dry, vacuum
[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]If you really want to splurge for Valentine's Day, no ordinary lamb square will cut it. No, the best way to show your partner that you like it is to use a huge, dry aged Ribeye steak. As for the lamb, the best solution is to cook the meat under vacuum and then to grasp it in a very hot saucepan. If you want to get an even better crust, use a blowtorch!
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Chinese Braised Ribs with Soy, Orange and Five Spice Powder
[Photograph: Emily and Matt Clifton]You do not have the money for a dry steak? Short ribs are an alternative that looks like a treat but is not that difficult for your wallet. In this recipe, we slowly cook the ribs with a mixture of Chinese inspiration: soy sauce, zest and orange juice, ginger and five-spice powder. You can prepare them in a Dutch oven or in a slow cooker. In one way or another, they will be incredibly tender.
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Braised beef shanks with red wine
[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]Beef hocks are an even more economical option for Valentine's Day. Cooked with red wine, this rustic and comforting cup becomes tender and tasty. Once the hocks are cooked, you can reduce the braising liquid and the herbs to a rich sauce. Better yet, the bones are filled with buttered marrow.
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Roasted pork fillet with figs dipped in bourbon
[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]This simple pork tenderloin has a particular look and feel, but it only takes 30 minutes to prepare. The pork is fully cooked on the stove and served with a bourbon-soaked fig sauce, old-fashioned mustard, maple syrup and chicken broth enriched with gelatin.
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The best Mussels (Mussels in the marinière)
[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]Mussels feel like a treat, but are remarkably affordable. They are also easy to prepare in a variety of ways. Here, we go with classic seafood mussels, cooking the bivalves in a bouillon flavored with shallot, leeks, garlic and white wine (or dry cider). Mix the garlic aioli in the broth to thicken it and make sure to have a crusty baguette on hand to mop everything up.
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Fresh pasta with beetroot
[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]You do not need meat or seafood for a romantic dinner – home-made pasta say "I like you" better than an expensive steak. For Valentine's Day, prepare our pasta with fresh simple eggs and color them pink with beet puree. The puree is brightly colored, but soft enough for any recipe. If you really want to taste the beets, roast them before mashing them.
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Homemade mushroom tortellini
[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]If you are already comfortable with basic pasta making, you can be a bit more ambitious – these homemade tortellini are a manageable next step. They seem difficult to make, but all you need is a cookie cutter and patience. We fill them with a mushroom puree flavored with parmesan cheese and shallot. You can use something else, but keep the trim well dry so that the tortellini do not burst.
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Uovo to Raviolo (Ravioli with runny egg yolk)
[Photograph: Niki Achitoff-Gray]Tortellini impresses your date, but uovo in raviolo – big ravioli filled with tender egg yolk cradled in a ricotta ring – is an absolute must-see. They look like something you will only find in an upscale restaurant, but if you take it well and slowly, you will be able to make it perfect.
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Soufflé with salted cheese
[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]This tasty cheese soufflé is not as disheartening as you might imagine. Yes, you can open the oven door. No, you do not need to tiptoe into your kitchen while cooking. The beaten egg whites meet the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in a powdery and salty soufflé, perfect for your romantic dinner.
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Duck with orange
[Photographs: Vicky Wasik]This classic French dish will not fail to impress your surroundings. The recipe calls for a whole duck, so you will also have a lot of decadent duck remains to the orange. The rich and shiny sauce is balanced by a combination of orange juice and lemon, and it cuts the rich duck meat.
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Roasted quail with plum sauce
[Photographs: Vicky Wasik]This pan-fried quail dish is an elegant and impressive answer to a romantic dinner. The quail cooks very quickly and a simple plum sauce with butter and honey unites the dish.
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Grilled steak with mushrooms and sour cream with chives
[Photographs: Vicky Wasik]Valentine's Day should be dedicated to your romantic dinner – do not sweat in pots and pans in the kitchen. This grilled steak with mushrooms and sour cream with chives comes together in one pan. What looks and tastes like a labor-intensive dinner will be ready in an instant.
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Porgy whole grilled with shishito and tomatoes
[Photographs: Vicky Wasik]The key to a stylish (and easy) roast fish is to keep things simple. Here we use the grill to blister and crack the outside of an entire porgy, while leaving the flesh soft and soft. There is almost no preparatory work, which means that this sophisticated dinner requires very little cleaning.
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Seared flank steak with peaches and dandelion greens
[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]This dish goes with a juicy wet steak with peach wedges and faded dandelion leaves. Instead of wasting all the tasty fond which accumulates in the pan during the cooking of the steak, we scrape it to cover peaches and greens. The best part? This easy and colorful dinner will be on the table in 15 minutes.
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Chicken roasted in the Italian under a brick (Pollo al Mattone)
[Video: Serious Eats Video]Served with some simple and delicious sides, a roast chicken with perfectly clean skin is about as romantic as possible. Cooking the chicken under a heavy object (whatever your oven weight you have on hand) means that it will cook faster, with a larger golden and crispy surface.
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Classic Pepper Steak
[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]Pepper steak is one of those classic bistro dishes that we usually leave to restaurant chefs. But our internal professional (thank you, Daniel Gritzer) assured us that this dish was not as complicated as we thought. The pepper crusted steak is served in a tasty, tart and slightly creamy casserole sauce. No bistro reservation is required for Valentine's Day.
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Pasta with butternut squash and brown butter with sage
[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]These comforting pastas are as simple as possible. The cooked pasta is mixed with brown butter, sage and butternut squash, before being removed from the heat and with a generous amount of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
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Pasta alla Gricia
[Video: The Serious Eats Team]When it comes to easy pasta to prepare, this classic Roman must not be ignored. Pasta alla Gricia presents rigatoni dressed in an emulsion of guanciale fatty and starchy pasta water, accompanied by a generous portion of Pecorino Romano. That's all.
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