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25 Romantic Dinners

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Every year millions of people make reservations at their favorite restaurants for a special Valentine’s Day meal. And every year restaurants around the country find ways to cram even more people into their dining rooms hoping to make everyone happy. Call me crazy, but I have never been fond of feeling like a dressed up sardine on Valentine’s Day! These 25 Romantic Dinners are my solution!

25 Romantic Dinners that are perfect for any special occasion cookingwithcurls.com

In fact, I avoid restaurants like the plague the week before and after Valentine’s Day!! I would much rather create a romantic meal at home and go out to dinner ANY other night of the year instead!

Well you are in luck my friends, I have been scouring pinterest looking for 25 Romantic Dinners that will blow any restaurant meal out of the water. Don’t let the fancy name’s scare you, most of these meals are pretty easy to prepare.

I started with 3 different salads that are more exciting than your basic dinner salad, and then we have 25 entrees that are guaranteed to impress. I have included chicken, beef, seafood, pork, and even 3 meatless pasta dishes. Most include a side dish recipe or link to one, so all you have to do is decide which meal to make! Enjoy!!

25 Romantic Dinners

Boost your circulatory system with this flavorful Aquarius Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette, topped with pistachios and carrots.

Aquarius Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette on a white plate.

Dinner Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette and Pistachios

This Pear and Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette make a great side dish!

Pear-and-Walnut-Salad-with-Cranberry-Vinaigrette in a scalloped bowl with a jar of sauce on the side.

Pear and Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

A bed of mixed greens topped with fresh blackberries, crispy bacon, blue cheese, and a drizzle of honey balsamic vinaigrette.

Blackberry-Salad on a blue platter with extra dressing on the side.

Blackberry Bacon Blue Cheese Salad

This rustic, yet elegant Chicken au Champagne is sure to please everyone around the dinner table! It’s perfect for date night or a casual weeknight meal.

Chicken-au-Champagne with sliced mushrooms in a cast iron skillet.

Chicken au Champagne

Juicy chicken breast pounded thin and rolled with a mixture of spinach, mushrooms, garlic and Asiago cheese.

Asiago-Spinach-Mushroom-Chicken-Rollatini on a white rectangle plate.

Asiago Spinach & Mushroom Chicken Rollalini

Chicken Marsala is an Italian-American dish of golden pan-fried chicken cutlets and mushrooms in a rich Marsala wine sauce.

Sliced mushrooms topped Chicken marsala on a gray plate.

Chicken Marsala

Classic Chicken Scaloppine is an elegant and simple meal to prepare with chicken breasts and a light lemon and caper sauce.

Chicken Scaloppini topped with capers and lemon wheels on a white platter.

Chicken Scaloppine

Chicken breasts stuffed with cheese, prosciutto, basil and sun dried tomatoes. Totally delicious chicken rolls with a surprise filling.

two cheese-and-prosciutto-stuffed-chicken-breasts in a skillet.

Cheese and Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Chicken Marbella is roasted chicken with a fantastic sweet and sour Mediterranean-inspired flavor.

chicken Marbella with green and black olives in a large bowl.

Chicken Marbella

Amazingly flavorful pan-grilled chicken that is stuffed with a mixture of sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese and rubbed with fresh pesto. Easy, fast and incredibly delicious.

Two Sun-Dried-Tomato-Feta-Stuffed-Chicken breasts on a white plate.

Sun Dried Tomato Feta Stuffed Chicken

These tender Crock Pot Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs are a hearty Paleo recipe! Made with juicy beef short ribs and balsamic vinegar, this dish totally delivers on taste!

Balsamic-Short-Ribs with carrots and red bell pepper strips on a white plate.

Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs

Skillet Steak with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter Recipe – Make a restaurant quality steak at home!

two skillet steaks with gorgonzola butter in a cat iron skillet.

Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter

Impress your date or guests with this amazing Beef Tenderloin with Shrimp and Mushroom Sauce! Earthy, flavorful, and truly delicious!

Beef-Tenderloin-with-Shrimp-and-Mushroom-Sauce on a square white plate.

Beef Tenderloin with Shrimp and Mushroom Sauce

Beef Bourguignon is a favorite classic beef stew made with onions, garlic, carrots, mushroom and red wine. It gets better with age so make it a day ahead and let it mingle for a while.

beef-bourguignon with mushrooms, carrots and onions in a black bowl.

Beef Bourguigonon

Steak au Poivre {aka pepper steak} seared to perfected and topped off with a shallot, mustard, and cognac sauce for the perfect date night meal!

steak, French fries and green beans on a large white plate sitting on a blue napkin with a fork on the bottom right edge of the plate.

Steak au Poivre

This Avocado Shrimp Risotto is perfect for a family dinner or even a special occasion with guests. It is sure to impress!

Avocado-Shrimp-Risotto topped with shredded Parmesan cheese in a white bowl.

Avocado Shrimp Risotto

This classic Salmon Oscar pairs salmon with lump crab, asparagus and a rich Béarnaise sauce for an out of this world meal that is simple to prepare!

grilled salmon on a bed of asparagus topped with lump crab and bernaise sauce on an off-white plate with a second plate in the background.

Salmon Oscar

Seafood Pappardelle – Scallops, shrimp and more. Incredible seafood pasta in a spicy tomato-cream sauce. Easy seafood pasta recipe to make and delicious, you don’t want to pass this one up! 

Seafood-Pappardelle with chopped parsley garnish in a silver skillet.

Seafood Pappardelle

Tart, sweet, and oh so delicious! This Huckleberry Glazed Salmon is simple to make and perfect for any night of the week.

Huckleberry-Glazed-Salmon-with-Goat-Cheese-Whipped-Potatoes and baby carrots on a scalloped white plate.

Huckleberry Glazed Salmon

Beer-and-Butter-Poached-Lobster-with-Saison-Risotto on a square white plate.

Beer and Butter Poached Lobster with Saison Risotto

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree is the perfect special occasion meal, that is surprisingly easy to prepare!

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree on a white plate.

Tortilla-Crusted Sea Bass with Roasted Red Pepper Puree

This Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy is cooked with wine, garlic and herbs, then sliced thin with a beautiful gravy. This pork is easy enough for any night, but also a company worthy dinner dish!

sliced pork loin in a wine and herb gravy in a skillet.

Pork Loin with Wine and Herbs

These Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Ribs are sweet, and tangy with an occasional kick that kind of sneaks up on you!

Sliced Bourbon-and-Brown-Sugar-Barbecue-Ribs on a white plate.

Bourbon & Brown Sugar Barbecue Ribs

The easiest, no-fuss, most amazing pork chops ever, made in 20 min from start to finish. You can’t beat that!

pork chops with sweet and sour glaze in a red skillet.

Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Glaze

Pork Chops with Apple and Cider Sauce is comfort food at it’s finest! Not only is it delicious, it is easy to prepare as well.

Pork Chops with Sliced Apple and Cider Sauce on mashed potatoes served on a white plate.

Pork Chops with Apple and Cider Sauce

An incredibly creamy, rich alfredo sauce made with roasted red peppers and crumbled goat cheese, and it takes just 20 min to make from start to finish!

roasted red pepper alfredo served in a white bowl.

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo

An easy 20 minute pasta with artichokes, asparagus, and a creamy lemon sauce!

lemon-asparagus-artichoke-pasta topped with Parmesan cheese on a white plate.

Lemon Artichoke Asparagus Pasta

This quick and easy Spaghetti al Limone recipe is a lifesaver on busy nights and sure to become a family favorite!

Spaghetti al Limone served on a white plate with lemon wedges and a fork standing up in the center.

Pasta al Limone

Don’t forget to have a delicious cocktail ready before your special meal!

Here are 25 Valentine’s Day Cocktails for you to check out:

A collection of Valentine's Day Cocktails that are perfect for any Valentine's Day celebration | cookingwithcurls.com

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  1. We never eat out on Valentine’s Day … usually we celebrate the week before or the week after if we want dinner out – the restaurants are too packed on V-Day! I see lots of great homemade dinners that are better than any restaurant in this round-up!

  2. Hello beautiful! Amazing ideas. I can’t wait to try some of them. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We can’t wait to party with you! Happy Valentines’ Day! Lou Lou Girls

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