Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes

This year, why not treat your sweetie to a romantic dinner—no reservations required. After all, homemade gestures are always the most heartfelt. Whether you're craving a rib-sticking steak and an elegant salad or decadent fondue and adorable cupcakes, we've got all the Valentine's dinner recipes you'll need to craft a delicious menu. Rather keep it casual? We'll show you how to throw your own dinner-and-a-movie night with recipes for simple (and delicious!) homemade pizza and a rom-com marathon on Netflix. If you feel like going all out on bubbly and oysters on the half shell, we can show you how to shuck them. Of course, no date would be complete without a drink or two—and we've got tons to choose from, from classic martinis to festive champagne cocktails. Forget to pick up a gift? Relax. Check out our guides to making homemade truffles, fudge, liqueurs, and a ton of other easy DIY gifts that are oh so easy to love.

20 Easy Steak Dinners

Craving meat? Indulge in one of these simple yet tasty steak recipes—sides included.

Roast Beef With Slow-Cooked Tomatoes and Garlic

You might not believe us when we tell you, but you're just 4 ingredients away from a stunning centerpiece roast. We combined an inexpensive piece of beef, tomatoes, garlic, and thyme, stuck it in the oven and poured ourselves a glass of wine. It's recipes like this one—with a decent amount of inactive time—that we love to employ during the busy holiday season. Serve this will a side of smashed potatoes or mashed celery root and a bottle of cabernet.

Chipotle Pork Loin With Black Bean Salad

This chipotle-spiced main with a black bean salad on the side requires just 10 minutes of your time—and results in a satisfying meal the whole family will love. First, the pork loin gets rubbed with a mixture of chipotle chili pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander, and olive oil. Once that goes in the oven, it takes just a few minutes to mix the salad—beans, avocado, cilantro, scallions, chili pepper, lime juice, olive oil, and salt. Then, you’ve got just over an hour to sit back and relax while your kitchen is filled with the aroma of a cantina south of the border.

Whole Roasted Chicken on a Bed of Cauliflower

A whole roasted chicken is dramatic enough on its own. It’s one of those great kitchen tricks (that’s actually easier than it appears) every home cook should have in his or her back pocket. But this version? Above and beyond. We tried roasting an entire chicken over a layer of cauliflower “steaks,” and the result is pretty glorious. The vegetable soaks up flavor from the chicken and gets crispy and caramelized around the edges. The chicken roasts to perfection and doesn’t get soggy on bottom. And, another plus: No need for gravy. Turn the pan juices into a fast, tangy vinaigrette with some herbs and lemon juice.

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Our Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin recipe delivers a delicious, double-meat main that’ll blow your standard pork tenderloin out of the water. Save a few slices of bacon from Sunday brunch for a weeknight supper. By wrapping the cut in bacon and browning it in a cast-iron skillet over the stove before transferring the whole dish to the oven to roast, you’re locking in moisture and adding extra flavor with a very minimal work. In the same pan, you’ll cook fennel and dried apricots, for a sweet side that plays off the bacon, and crisps up nicely thanks to the pan juices. Garnish with fresh dill, if desired.

Roasted Radishes

Wonderfully simple to prepare and shockingly delicious, roasted radishes just might become your go-to side. Sound like hyperbole? Let us make the case: Radishes are small already, so when sliced in half, they only take 20 minutes or so to roast in the oven—compared to the hour-plus you’d wait for other vegetables to cook through and caramelize. Next, we topped them with salty pistachios and chopped parsley, for a bit of crunch and freshness. Pop a pan of radishes in the oven while you prep the rest of your meal, and the crunchy, steamy bites are ready in 35 minutes.

10 Gourmet Recipes to Impress

Sometimes you want a recipe that looks like it came straight from a restaurant's kitchen. Other nights, a dish you can throw together between work and soccer practice fits the bill. Here, we've compiled 10 gourmet recipes, courtesy of Food & Wine, that are sure to impress even the pickiest dinner guestsalong with 10 more Real Simple favorites that are a cinch to throw together, but just as delicious.

1 Easy Valentine’s Day Menu

A seductively stress-free Valentine's meal.