Romantic Recipes

Light some candles, put on a crooner’s tunes, and serve a meal for two: These recipes are sure to win the heart of someone special.

Start a Little Romance

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Start a Little Romance

Fine dining at home doesn’t have to be reserved for Valentine’s Day or an anniversary dinner alone. Take the opportunity to use our favorite romantic recipes as a way to show your sweetheart how much you care any day of the year.

First up is Chocolate Pots de Crème. Pots de crème are decadent, creamy custards served in tiny cups—and they’re a perfect ending to a cozy dinner. Make this dessert the night before, and chill until you’re ready to serve.

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Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumbs

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Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumbs

Oysters crusted with nuts and pancetta elevate any gathering. You can prepare the crumb mix a few hours ahead; just make sure your oysters are freshly shucked right before you broil and serve them.

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Fizzy Plum Bellini

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Fizzy Plum Bellini

Treat someone to this twist on a brunch cocktail. (Breakfast in bed, perhaps?) Plums stand in for peaches; pluots, which are sweeter, can also be used.

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Melon Salad with Prosciutto

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Melon Salad with Prosciutto

Salty cheese and ham accent the sweet summer fruit in this refreshing main-dish salad, a perfect meal on a sweltering summer day.

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Chilled Fresh Corn Soup with King Crab

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Chilled Fresh Corn Soup with King Crab

This chilled soup is full of delectably sweet fresh corn and gorgeous pieces of king crab legs.

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Linguine with Clams and Fresh Herbs

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Linguine with Clams and Fresh Herbs

Serve an elegant, Italian-inspired dish featuring quick-cooking linguine and clams in a light, fresh white wine sauce.

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Eggplant Involtini

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Eggplant Involtini

Ciao down on the flavors of Italy with this cheesy, fun vegetarian entrée. You can make the tomato sauce up to a week in advance; keep it refrigerated in an airtight container. You can also broil the eggplant slices up to a few hours in advance.

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Gnocchi with Browned Butter

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Gnocchi with Browned Butter

If you like, add some fresh or fried sage leaves to this simple, comforting dish.

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Seared Scallops with Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc

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Seared Scallops with Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc

For this dish, ask for "dry" scallops—this means they haven't soaked in a salty brine. And they'll release less moisture in the pan as they cook, making it easier to get a gorgeous golden crust.

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Arctic Char and Vegetables in Parchment Hearts

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Arctic Char and Vegetables in Parchment Hearts

Seafood in parchment hearts is great for a dinner for two, not only because of the heart-shaped envelope, but also because you can prepare the packets a few hours in advance, leaving you free to set the scene for a romantic evening.

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Granola with Honey-Scented Yogurt and Baked Figs

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Granola with Honey-Scented Yogurt and Baked Figs

At only 277 calories per serving, this breakfast dish is not only sweet and savory, but also a healthy start to the day.

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Pain Perdu

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Pain Perdu

Similar to French toast, Pain Perdu is a great way to use old bread for a meal—and it makes a beautiful breakfast for two. Serve it with any seasonal berries or other fruit.

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Campari and Orange Sparkling Cocktail

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Campari and Orange Sparkling Cocktail

Campari, an Italian aperitif, gives this cocktail a bitter edge and beautiful rosy color.

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Cabernet-Balsamic Burgers with Sautéed Mushrooms & Onions

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Cabernet-Balsamic Burgers with Sautéed Mushrooms & Onions

Grilled cheeseburgers get an irresistible upgrade with creamy blue cheese and caramelized onions spiked with jammy red wine and tart-sweet vinegar. A portion of the tender onions are mixed into the patties to help keep the lean beef moist.

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Grilled Maine Lobster Tails

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Grilled Maine Lobster Tails

Lobster makes for a popular and great Valentine’s Day dinner. Put a fresh twist on a romantic dish: Miso brings salty umami notes to the sweet, succulent lobster.

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