Sure, we’re all getting a little sick of our own cooking this year—but is there really a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a home cooked meal prepared with love? For this Valentine’s Day dinner (and for all those special date night dinners to come), it helps to have a few romantic recipes for two up your sleeve. Sophisticated entrées, chocolate desserts, and a bubbly beverage or two will remind you and your sweetie that love is in the air (even in your very own kitchen).
If you and your date are staying in together (lucky you!), consider marking the occasion with some lavish seafood like oysters, lobster, and crab—or maybe with a special Italian-style steak for two. Logging online for a Zoom date instead? Pour yourself an eye-catching festive beverage like a pink champagne cocktail or a vibrant red Negroni.
And don’t forget dessert—chocolate-lovers have plenty of options on this list, as do cooks looking for lighter, fresh red fruit desserts. As for that morning-after breakfast in bed? Plan ahead so that the two of you can enjoy breakfast pastries like flakey croissants, savory danish, or sweet Mexican- or French-style crêpes. After all, a special day merits great meals, morning, noon, and night.
Here are our very best Valentine’s Day dishes to make on February 14th.
Bistecca alla Fiorentina with Watercress and Pistachio Salad
Sparkling rose adds berry notes to this take on a French 75. Replacing the gin traditionally used, Calvados imbues a richer, woodsy, and slightly sweeter flavor. Get the recipe for Pomme Rosé
Butter and loads of herbs make a lobster pan-roast even more lavish; a flambée with bourbon lends as much flavor as it does drama.
Champagne goes especially well with cream-based soups like this one because the wine’s effervescence offers such a pleasing contrast with their silky texture. The recipe for this luxurious bisque is based on one in La Cuisine by Raymond Oliver (Leon Amiel, 1969).
The Original Fettuccine Alfredo
Mixing the ingredients on a warmed platter will help them melt quickly to make a satiny sauce. For the best results, use dried pasta, which doesn’t break as easily during tossing as fresh egg pasta does. See the recipe for The Original Fettuccine Alfredo »
Ginger and Cocoa Nib Cannoli
Two days resting in the fridge helps cannoli dough become light and bubbly. You will need cannoli molds for frying. Serve within a few hours, before the shells soften. Get the recipe for Ginger and Cocoa Nib Cannoli »
Marinated Flank Steak
Flank steak, also known as London broil, isn’t the most tender cut of beef, but it is one of the most flavorful. The key to getting a tender flank steak is to let the meat marinate for a good, long time—in this case, in a mixture of red wine, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, various spices, and fresh rosemary—and then carve it across the grain into thin slices before serving.
Get the recipe for Drunken Spaghetti »
Get the recipe for Baked Egg Danish with Kimchi and Bacon »
Oysters are the perfect aphrodisiacs to have on Valentine’s day. Believed to increase fertility, these half shells evoke images of romance. Grill them for your lover and sprinkle some pecorino and bottarga before serving. Get the recipe for Grilled Oysters »
Pain au Chocolat
Beautiful homemade croissants, each containing a bar of high-quality dark chocolate, make for an impressive and indulgent addition to a breakfast spread.