40+ Romantic Valentine's Day Recipes That'll Set the Mood

Oysters, figs, and chocolate are all aphrodisiacs, you know.

Christina Holmes/Emily Kate Roemer

Skip the restaurant crowds in favor of an intimate meal for two. With the creative cocktails, flavorful apps, hearty mains, and delicious desserts here, you won't regret staying at home. After your menu is set, plan a gorgeous table, then top it off with a special Valentine's Day toast. And don't forget the candles!

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The Great Romance
Cocktail: Rosé Royal

Pouring egg whites in the cocktail shaker sounds strange, but once you taste the silky texture, it'll be your go-to ingredient. This stunning cocktail rounds it out with rosé, grapefruit juice and champagne for one sweet pink drink.

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Cocktail: French 76

For a spin on a traditional French 75, replace the champagne with Lillet Blanc, a must-have in any cocktail connoisseur's arsenal.

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Johnny Miller
Cocktail: The Humble Magnificent Cocktail

This recipe comes from Pinewood Social in Nashville, one of celebrity chef Carla Hall's favorite happy-hour establishments.

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Andrew Purcell
Cocktail: Sparkling Winter Sangria

Try a new take on bubbly by sipping on prosecco and St-Germain-soaked winter fruit.

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Hendricks Gin
Cocktail: Cranberry Flower Cocktail

Set the mood with a tasty gin cocktail that gets its color from cranberry simple syrup.

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Olivia's Cuisine
Cocktail: Chocolate Martinis

What's better than a box of chocolates on Valentine's Day?Chocolate blended with booze and poured into a fancy glass, of course.

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Blackberry Babe
Cocktail: Strawberry Moscow Mule

Your copper mugs aren't used nearly enough. Strawberry soda puts a sugary spin on the classic Moscow Mule in this Valentine's Day edition.

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Cocktail: Kiss on the Lips

The name says it all. Take a sip and pucker up!

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Honestly Yum
Cocktail: Valentine's Day Cocktail

Start by making your own grenadine with pomegranate and juice (). Finish with a heart-shaped ground cinnamon garnish.

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Courtesy of Love and Lemons
Appetizer: Beet Hummus

This bright pink hummus is perfect to kick off your Valentine's Day celebration.

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Christina Holmes
Appetizer: Oysters on the Half Shell with Ceviche Topping

Oysters are famed aphrodisiacs — but they're also just plain delicious.

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Courtesy of Whitney Bond
Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped Dates

These bacon-and-cheese wrapped dates are delicious and incredibly simple to make.

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Culinary Ginger
Appetizer: Warm Figs with Goat Cheese Pistachios and Balsamic Glaze

Figs are a natural aphrodisiac, and with warm goat cheese and a balsamic glaze, well ... who wouldn't fall in love?

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Johnny Miller
Main: Truffle and Scallop Pasta

Whip up the light cream sauce in advance, then boil the pasta and sear the scallops just before serving. Easy peasy.

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Johnny Miller
Main: John Besh's Perfect Roast Leg of Lamb

Celebrity chef John Besh says the key to cooking lamb is actually the quality of the meat.

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Erin Phraner
Main: Red Wine Spaghetti

Crack open a bottle of wine, pour a glass for you and yours, and use the rest in this genius boozy spaghetti.

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Mike Garten
Main: Moroccan Olive and Orange Chicken

gets deliciously dressed up for Valentine's Day with oranges and olives.

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James Baigrie
Main: Ina Garten's Potpie Variations

Ina's seafood potpie, lobster potpie, and vegetable potpie all have one thing in common: bubbly-warm goodness under a crispy crust.

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Hector Sanchez
Main: Orange and Cumin Leg of Lam with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic

This flavorful take on tender, juicy lamb with roasted tomatoes and garlic is sure to wow your partner.

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Feasting at Home
Main: Roasted Lamb Chops with Curry Sauce

A crown of lamb chops, soaking in a bed of spicy curry, makes for an unforgettable V-Day feast.

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Victoria Pearson
Main: Perfect Poached Salmon with Béarnaise Sauce

Impress your date with this elegant entree — they'll never guess it was such a cinch to make.

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Christopher Hirscheimer
Main: Veracruz-Style Red Snapper

Spice things up with an authentic Mexican dish from Chef Roberto Santibañez.

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Emily Kate Roemer
Main: Cioppino

This Italian-American fish stew originated in San Francisco and typically features the catch of the day.

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Judy Kim
Main: Spicy Carbonara Spaghetti

With a spicy kick, this carbonara proves it can deliver flavor even without bacon.

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Emily Kate Roemer
Main: Roast Pork with Winter Veggies

No need to peel the sweet potatoes for this recipe — just scrub!

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Courtesy of Whitney Bond
Main: Coffee Crusted Tri Tip with Balsamic Stout Reduction

This tender cut of meat gets some unexpected but amazing flavors from the coffee crust and balsamic stout.

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Brian Woodcock
Main: Pancetta-and-Brussels Sprouts Linguini

For extra flavor, top each serving of this hearty winter pasta with a fried egg.

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James Bagrie
Main: Filet Mignon with Shallot Butter

This classic filet mignon with savory butter will be the star of any special dinner.

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Kate Mathis
Main: Valentine's Day Red Chili

Beets and fire-roasted tomatoes give this vegetarian chili its intense color.

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Romulo Yanes
Main: Roasted Salmon with Crispy Potatoes and Broccoli

There's no room for error with a traditional, juicy salmon served with potatoes and veggies.

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