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Recipes for Valentine’s Day

Wondering what you are going to make for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day? Wonder no more!  I’ve compiled 14 tried and true recipes for you. Everything from appetizers, to drinks, to main courses, to desserts. I’ve got you covered. Now, go and enjoy the day instead of stressing about what to cook.

A cut piece of steak on the plate with potatoes, asparagus and knife and fork. there is another plate in the background

Easy Baked Sirloin for Two

I don’t always enjoy going out to eat when the restaurants are jam packed with other revelers, especially on days like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. This is mainly because what is supposed to be a relaxing and fun time becomes chaotic and stressful.

So, I’m a great one to advocate simply staying at home and making your own special holiday magic for your loved one(s).

Of course, you don’t have to make one recipe from every category I mention below to have a successful Valentine’s Day. But this will give you plenty of ideas to pick and choose from.

Let’s start with beautiful and delicious cocktails!

The red martini poured into two martini glasses - the taller glass in front and the bubble glass in back

The Love Martini says it all

Enjoy relaxing on the couch with one of these beautiful cocktails in your hand while you look longingly in your love’s eyes. This martini is delicious and easy to make. There are only three ingredients – coconut rum, peach schnapps and cranberry juice.

Other cocktail recipes suitable for Valentine’s day:

Next up are some starter ideas!

Little green plate with 5 bacon scallops on it and the plate of scallops in the background

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

These scallops are one of my most sought after appetizers. They are marinated, wrapped in bacon and cooked to perfection. They keep well in the fridge so you don’t have to eat them all in one day.  But you may want to. You have been warned.  🙂

Other appetizer recipes for Valentine’s day:

Now, for main course ideas!

A couple of chicken saltimbocca on a plate with rice and broccoli rabe. There is the pan of chicken saltimbocca in the background for the chicken saltimbocca recipe

Chicken Saltimbocca

Chicken saltimbocca is perfect for Valentine’s Day because not only is this dish delicious with its butter tarragon sauce but it looks elegant and impressive. And who doesn’t like eating little chicken roll ups filled with prosciutto and cheese?

A blue platter with sliced lamb, onions and juice with carrots in the background

Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb

Nothing says “I love you” like a leg o’ lamb. Okay, maybe some chocolates and flowers say it better, but this leg of lamb – one of my most popular posts – is fabulously delicious and will grace you with enough leftovers to make even more recipes.

Other main course recipes for Valentines day:

And finally, here are some dessert ideas for you.

Close up of the New York cheesecake

New York cheesecake

This cheesecake is creamy, delicious and the perfect ending to your Valentine’s Day meal!  You can eat it plain or you can dollop some delicious cherry sauce on it.  How Valentine’s Day is that?!

Dessert recipes for Valentine’s day:

I hope you enjoyed this compilation of recipes for Valentine’s Day and that you have yourselves a romantic and relaxing dinner!

Love roundups? Check out my list of Cinco de Mayo recipes.

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

If you’ve tried these recipes, I’d love the know what you thought about them in the comments below.  I love hearing from you!  You can also FOLLOW ME on FACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM and PINTEREST to see more of my delicious food and delightful cocktails!

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From lighting up stages with her BA in theater to food journalist, Elaine Benoit's journey is a testament to passion's transformative power. As the CEO of Dishes Delish, she offers a blend of healthy, comforting recipes and exquisitely crafted cocktails. Beyond the kitchen, Elaine voiced her culinary adventures on her podcast, "Dishing," and co-owns Food Blogger Help, extending her expertise to guide budding food bloggers to success. Whether it's for a heartwarming dish or insights into food blogging, Elaine's diverse experiences make her a beacon in the culinary digital landscape.

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  1. What a great collection of Valentine recipe ideas all in one place. I especially have my eye on that Chicken Saltimbocca! Yum!

    1. I love the chicken saltimbocca, Colleen. It’s surprisingly easy to make and oh so good. Thank you for your comment, Colleen!

  2. I’m with you. I actually hate going out on Valentine’s Day. Too stressful. I will definitely take some of these ideas for my own celebration. Thanks!

  3. This is a lovely collection. Would definitely be trying out some of them starting with this cheese cake recipe.

  4. All of these recipes look Delicious! Makes me want to have a friends Valentines day and make all of them

  5. Excellent compilation of recipes for Valentine’s or any special occasion! I’m between the baked sirloin and the chicken saltimbocca. Which one should I try first?

    1. I am pretty partial to the chicken saltimbocca! Though I love both. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you enjoy whatever you make, Nadja!

  6. Elaine!!! Between the cheese cake and the cocktail and that sirloin, I can’t choose. The list looks amazing!

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