Whether you're looking to wow a new flame or show a long-time lover how much he or she means to you, these recipes are guaranteed to impress, with special presentations, luxury ingredients, or dressed-up twists on comforting favorites.
This modern update on homey beef Stroganoff elevates it to a restaurant-worthy steak dinner: grilled flatiron steak on a bed of spaetzle with caramelized shallots and earthy, fragrant black trumpet mushrooms, topped with a drizzle of crème fraiche.
The creamy filling of this black forest-inspired tart is adorned with heart-shaped swirls of cherry jam and cradled in a chocolate-cookie crust.
Plump purple grapes and saba, a syrup made from pressed wine grapes, lend a sweet note to this sauce, which is draped over crisp-skinned seared duck breasts.
This poached lobster is served in a rich reduction sauce of lobster stock, Cognac and Sauternes, mild curry powder, and cream.
This dessert is complex and darkly dramatic,
with its black rice (also known as forbidden rice), dark-chocolate
mousse, and scarlet sour cherries.
Rich red wine, earthy mushrooms, creamy herb-flecked goat cheese, sweet roasted beets, and flaky buttery crust meld in a harmonious, luxurious whole ideal for a special Valentine’s Day dinner.
If love is bittersweet, then this tart is love itself: a crisp shell filled with silky-smooth bittersweet chocolate ganache, topped with a crunchy salty-sweet pistachio brittle.
Indescribable. Cookie royalty. Unlike
American macaroons dense with coconut, pillowy soft, ethereal, ever-so-slightly chewy
yet melt-in-your mouth French almond macarons are a coveted Valentine's day gift you can really make yourself.
Get a little bit naughty with this deconstructed take on Devil's Food Cake: dense chocolate cake layered with creamy chocolate mousse and topped with a rich chocolate sauce and crunchy, salty cocoa nib streusel.
In this dressed-up riff on the classic pot pie, a "bowl"
of buttery whipped potatoes replaces the traditional pastry crust,
while the stew gets sophisticated flavor from fennel and exotic
Legendary for their aphrodisiac powers, oysters are the perfect starter for a romantic dinner. Here they're dressed in a simple sauce of cracked peppercorns and shallots in sweet-tart verjus.
For a rich main course that won't weigh you down, a savory soufflé is the perfect choice. It's less temperamental than you might think and makes a stunning presentation hot out of the oven.
A whole game hen makes an impressive main course, and this recipe ups the luxe factor with a stuffing of wild mushrooms, truffle oil and prosciutto slipped under the skin before roasting.
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