10 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Recipes

Forget the restaurant. Stay at home and impress your boo with easy, simple recipes like chocolate mousse and Champagne mustard chicken.

  • Earl Grey-Infused Chocolate Blender Mousse. Steep tea. Chop chocolate. Throw it in the blender. Devour this delicious, light, and creamy mousse. It really is as simple as that.
  • Radicchio and Ricotta Custards. Simultaneously fancy and simple, these are thin, savory custards with sweet ricotta and wilted bitter greens, cooked quickly and served with toast.
  • Elegant, Easy Chicken. This perfectly-browned chicken is flavored with a Champagne mustard sauce and garnished with fresh rosemary.
  • Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark. This decadent dark chocolate bark is spiced with smoky ancho, cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper, then studded with dried cherries, cashews, and pistachios.
  • Chard Salad with Garlic Breadcrumbs and Parmesan. A bright  tangle of chard tossed with coarse, crispy breadcrumbs makes the perfect salad. A lemon dressing and a good sprinkling of Parmesan cheese give the dish brightness and depth.
  • Jane Grisgon’s Celery Soup. With this recipe, you can make a rich, creamy, delicately flavored soup out of almost nothing.
  • Buckwheat Polenta with Walnuts, Pomegranate, and Mascarpone. The thick polenta solidifies on the board just minutes after it is poured out, lending its warmth to melt the mascarpone. Sprinkle with crunchy walnuts and tart pomegranate seeds for extra flavor, texture, and class.
  • Toro Bravo’s Radicchio Salad with Manchego Vinaigrette. Infuse the vinegar with chopped red onion for an hour, leaving the vinegar with a richer, more complex flavor. Then, toss the dressed leaves with a dusting of finely grated Manchego to help the coating stick.
  • Balsamic Roasted Shallots. Shallots become dark, sticky, and tender when roasted with plenty of balsamic, sherry, and thyme.
  • Tilapia Poached in Olive Oil with Thyme and Garlic. Poaching seafood in olive oil makes it virtually impossible to end up with anything other than impossibly tender fish. This formula is also incredibly versatile, since you can infuse the oil (and by association the fish) with any flavors you like.

Scrambling to make last-minute Valentine’s Day restaurant reservations is a pain. But cooking the perfect date night dinner doesn’t have to be. With little to no advanced planning and only a modicum of effort, you can create a meal that looks like it required a lot of both. Whether you’re in need of an elegant main dish, a classy side, a fancy dessert, or all of the above, we have all the recipes you’re searching for. Forget the restaurant—stay at home and impress your bae instead.

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