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25 Romantic Dinners

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Over 25 romantic dinners that are ideal for date night at home including chicken, steak, seafood, creamy pastas, and so much more! These dinner ideas are the perfect way to celebrate a cozy dinner for two on Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion throughout the year.

Don’t forget to have a delicious cocktail ready before your special meal! Here is a collection of 25 Valentine’s Day Cocktails for you to try!

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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! 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! These 25 romantic dinners that you can make at home are my solution! Trust me, these recipes 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.

25 Romantic Dinners to Make at Home

You will find 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!

Salad Recipes

California Spa Salad
Simple California Spa Salad made with mixed greens, berries, and avocado tossed in a sweet and tangy citrus vinaigrette is ready in minutes!
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A big salad made with mixed greens, berries, avocado, pistachios and micro greens.
Pear and Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette
This Pear and Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette make a great side dish!
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Blackberry, Bacon & Blue Cheese Salad
A bed of mixed greens topped with fresh blackberries, crispy bacon, blue cheese, and a drizzle of honey balsamic vinaigrette, it’s simple AND delicious!
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Chicken Recipes

Chicken au Champagne
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.
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Chicken thighs covered in a mushroom sauce in a cast iron skillet.
Asiago Spinach & Mushroom Chicken Rollatini
Juicy chicken breast pounded thin and rolled with a mixture of spinach, mushrooms, garlic and Asiago cheese.
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Chicken Marsala
Chicken Marsala is an Italian-American dish of golden pan-fried chicken cutlets and mushrooms in a rich Marsala wine sauce.
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Chicken Scaloppine
Classic Chicken Scaloppine is an elegant and simple meal to prepare with chicken breasts and a light lemon and caper sauce.
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Cheese and Prosciutto Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Chicken breasts stuffed with cheese, prosciutto, basil and sun dried tomatoes. Totally delicious chicken rolls with a surprise filling.
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Chicken Marbella
Chicken Marbella is roasted chicken with a fantastic sweet and sour Mediterranean-inspired flavor.
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Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Stuffed Chicken
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.
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Beef Recipes

Balsamic Braised Beef Short Ribs
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!
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Steak au Poivre
Steak au Poivre is a classic French dish with a rich, creamy Cognac sauce poured over pan-seared filet mignon with a peppercorn crust. This easy meal is perfect for any special occasion.
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Medium-rare steak au Poivre sliced open to show inside.
Skillet Steaks with Gorgonzola Herbed Butter
Make a restaurant quality steak at home using these helpful tips and recipe! 
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Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon with Red Wine Sauce
Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon cooked to perfection on the grill and served with a simple red wine sauce makes an impressive and delicious meal.
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Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon with Red Wine Sauce and asparagus spears.
Beef Bourguignon
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.
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Instant Pot Beef Bourguignon
Beef Bourguignon, or Beef Burgundy, is the ultimate beef stew recipe. Tender beef chunks cooked in a rich red wine sauce in an Instant Pot.
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Shrimp Scampi topped Filet Mignon
Date night has never been easier with this amazing Shrimp Scampi topped Filet Mignon for two. It is an easy surf and turf recipe that is sure to impress!
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Seafood Recipes

Avocado Shrimp Risotto
This Avocado Shrimp Risotto is perfect for a family dinner or even a special occasion with guests.  It is sure to impress!
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Avocado Shrimp Risotto in a white bowl. topped with grated Parmesan cheese.
Salmon Oscar
This classic Salmon Oscar pairs salmon with lump crab, asparagus and a rich Bernaise sauce for an out of this world meal that is simple to prepare!
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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!
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Huckleberry Glazed Salmon
Tart, sweet, and oh so delicious! This Huckleberry Glazed Salmon is simple to make and perfect for any night of the week.
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Broiled Lobster Tails
The best tender, juicy and deliciously easy broiled lobster tails recipe served with a garlic butter on the side – ready in 10 minutes!
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Two broiled lobster tails with garlic butter and lemon wedges on a plate.
Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Cod
Delicious Stuffed Cod including shrimp, crab, rice and seasonings. Perfect for a family meal or special occasion!
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Shrimp and Crab Stuffed Cod on a bed of sautéed zucchini and carrots with a lemon wedge on the side and one on the table.

Pork Recipes

Pork Loin Wine with and Herbs Gravy
Pork loin 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!
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Skillet Pork Chops with Herb Gravy
Skillet Pork Chops with Herb Gravy is ready in 30 minutes for those crazy busy nights when you need dinner on the table real fast!
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Pork Chops with Apple and Cider Sauce
Pork Chops with Apples and Cider Sauce is an easy-to-make, impressive dish with the perfect balance of flavors that is ready in 35 minutes.
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Boneless pork chop topped with apples in cider sauce over mashed potatoes.
Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Glaze
The easiest, no-fuss, most amazing pork chops ever, made in 20 min from start to finish. You can’t beat that!
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Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Ribs
These Bourbon and Brown Sugar Barbecue Ribs are sweet, and tangy with an occasional kick that kind of sneaks up on you!
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Pasta Recipes

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo
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!
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Lemon Artichoke & Asparagus Pasta
An easy 20 minute pasta with artichokes, asparagus, and a creamy lemon sauce!
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Linguine alla Carbonara
This super delicious Linguine alla Carbonara is ready in 15 minutes! Weeknights just got easy!!
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Lemon Asparagus Pasta
Lemon Asparagus Pasta is the perfect solution for a super quick, light and delicious meal that you can whip up any night of the week in about 15 minutes!
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This super easy to prepare Lemon Asparagus Pasta is ready in minutes and sure to be a hit with the whole family! © COOKING WITH CURLS
Penne with Vodka Sauce
Penne with Vodka Sauce is tender pasta tossed in a creamy tomato sauce with crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, vodka, fresh basil, and grated Parmesan cheese.
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Dessert Recipes

I decided to add a few delicious dessert recipes to round out the perfect meal!


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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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