25 Easy Recipes for the Perfect Valentine's Day Dinner at Home
If you’re really looking to wow your love this Feb. 14, serve them a five-course menu at home. To help you on your journey, we’ve curated a list of 25 cocktails, appetizers, main dishes, sides, and desserts that are sexy and amorous — everything a Valentine’s Day should be.
Cherry Champagne Cocktail
The tart, red cherry is the perfect start to any Valentine’s Day celebration. A few dashes of bitters help cut the sweetness of this fruit juice and a splash of Champagne makes it totally and completely romantic.
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Kiss Me Cocktail
Strawberries and wine are a classic Valentine’s Day combination, but if you’re looking for a boozier start to your celebration, add a splash of bourbon to make this crave-worthy cocktail.
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Golden Espresso Bellini
Coffee is a known stimulant, meaning it’s the perfect way to get your Valentine’s Day started. This cocktail infuses the flavor of espresso beans with bubbly prosecco, making it budget-friendly and festive for your Valentine’s celebration.
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Pink Grapefruit Jalapeño Martini
This perfectly pink cocktail is a little sweet and a little spicy, just like the best Valentine’s Day. Lime juice and a fresh jalapeño give this martini an edge that’ll make your heart race (in a good way).
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Pomegranate Champagne Punch
This tart fruit cocktail has everything you’re looking for on Valentine’s Day: Champagne, a festive red color, and pomegranate — the original aphrodisiac. Throw in some fresh garnishes, and you have a special cocktail that will definitely get your Valentine in the mood.
For the Pomegranate Champagne Punch recipe, click here.
Baked Brie With Apple Cranberry Relish
Rachael Pack, The Daily Meal
Few thing will send a heart aflutter more than cheese (trust us). This baked brie is easy to make and highlights comforting seasonal ingredients such as cranberry and toasted pecans.
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Balsamic Prune & Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Creamy, savory goat cheese is the perfect beginning to any meal, so be sure to whip this up for your Valentine. The saltiness and richness of the goat cheese is perfectly balanced by sweet prunes, creating an explosion of flavor.
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Champagne Oysters Rockefeller
When you think of aphrodisiacs, oysters are probably one of the first foods that come to mind. This recipe ups the sexy factor with a splash of Champagne, making it perfect for any Valentine’s Day menu.
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Heat things up right from the start with this sriracha-infused seafood dish. Delicate shrimp soak up the hot sauce, giving them an intense heat and flavor.
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Filet Mignon With Red Wine Sauce
Bring the steakhouse home this Valentine’s Day. A tender filet mignon in a simple red wine sauce feels decadent but is diet-friendly and one of the most romantic dishes out there.
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Pecorino-Crusted Spring Chicken
A crusted chicken breast is a classic main course, and this seven-ingredient dish is perfectly crisp and juicy. Bonus: It can be made in 30 minutes or less.
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Red Lantern Beef Shortrib
This hearty beef shortrib will add an Asian influence to your Valentine’s Day menu. Cinnamon, star anise, and ginger add deep layers of flavor to the dish and give it a holiday-appropriate deep red color.
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Thyme Butter-Basted Salmon
Basting anything in a thyme butter sounds impressive to the average Valentine’s Day date, but this is surprisingly easy to pull off. This recipe requires just a few high-quality ingredients, allowing for the natural flavors of the fish to shine through.
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Wine-Braised Leg of Lamb With Garlic
Braising anything in red wine gives it a richness of flavor that is unmatched by any other technique. The choice of lamb over, say, beef, also gives this dish a holiday feel.
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Alaska Crab Mac and Cheese
Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned mac and cheese? This unique spin on this classic comfort food features three cheeses, a crunchy panko topping, and (best of all) flaky, sweet Alaskan crab. If it sounds luxurious and decadent, that’s because it is.
For the Alaska Crab Mac and Cheese recipe, click here.
Everything is better with bacon, especially your vegetables. This simple side dish only requires the ingredients in its name and will provide a salty addition to your meal.
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Kale Avocado Salad With Roasted Carrots
This vitamin-packed salad will be a light, delicious addition to any Valentine’s Day menu. Filled with superfoods (and known aphrodisiacs) like kale, avocado, and walnuts, this will keep you energized and satisfied, even after dinner is long over.
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There really is no sexier ingredient than a deep, fruity red wine. These drunken mushrooms require just a few pantry staple ingredients but offer up a world of earthy flavor.
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Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash
Garlic’s aroma may be strong, but it’s believed to incite feelings of romance. This cauliflower mash is a healthy alternative to some heavier side dishes, keeping you and your lover fit for whatever comes after dinner.
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5-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Soufflés
A soufflé sounds like a dessert that you had to slave over the stove for hours to make, but this recipe only takes 15 minutes. Dark chocolate, a classic romantic food, is the highlight of this dessert, and its quick bake time lets you really focus on your date.
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Cheesecake Factory's Fresh Banana Cream Cheesecake
If we have to tell you why bananas are a sexy food, we just can’t help you this Valentine’s Day. This specially shaped fruit, when paired with a creamy, classic cheesecake creates one unforgettable dessert.
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No-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffle
Is there anything sexier than dessert dipped in chocolate? We don’t think so. The chocolate chip cookie dough center will delight your Valentine’s inner child and these truffles are easy to make while your oven is occupied with other dishes.
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Rose-Hibiscus Shortbread Fans
Flowers are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift — no one can deny that. But they’re also the perfect thing to bake with this holiday. The delicate blend of extract and hibiscus tea makes this shortbread feel like it was made just for your Valentine’s Day table.
For the Rose-Hibiscus Shortbread Fans recipe, click here.
Valentine’s Strawberry Tiramisu
The classic tiramisu, a mix of ladyfingers, mascarpone cream, rum, and espresso powder is already a favorite Valentine’s Day dessert. The addition of strawberries contributes not only a layer of freshness but one of romance.
For the Valentine’s Strawberry Tiramisu recipe, click here.