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Deceptively Easy Valentine's Day Recipes

Make the right decision and stay home this Valentine's Day.

First things first: don't eat out on Valentine's Day. Going to a restaurant on Valentine's Day is a little like dining out on New Year's Eve. You're surrendering to meaningless hype. You're needlessly subjecting yourself to overpriced prix-fixe menus. You're voluntarily submerging yourself in hoards of annoying crowds (V-Day couples are arguably more irritating than drunken New Year's Eve revelers). And you're signing up for mediocre food as restaurants do what they must to keep pace with one of the busiest nights of the year. You needn't take part in this dining death sentence, however. Go out to celebrate Valentine's Day if you must -- just do it on a day that isn't February 14.

Instead of going out to eat for Valentine's Day, do what all long-term couples do best: eat at home, preferably on the couch. Or get a little fancy and eat at the table. Either way, you'll be making the right decision if you cook at home on Valentine's Day. Worried a home-cooked meal won't impress your Valentine as much as spending unnecessary bills on sub-par food? Worry not. We've rounded up 26 recipes that sound, look and taste difficult but are actually really easy. These recipes run the gamut from decadent to light, and the one thing they all have in common is that they're totally doable, no matter your experience level in the kitchen.

With this year's holiday falling on a Saturday, Valentine's Day is going to be a zoo at any restaurant. Keep away from the animals and try one of these deceptively easy but wildly impressive recipes.

1
Brown Butter Halibut Orzo And Mushroom Broth
A Spicy Perspective
2
Lobster Bisque
Gimme Some Oven
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3
Skirt Steak With Paprika Butter
Food & Wine
4
Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies
Food52
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5
Easy Champagne Risotto
Le Fork
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6
Crab Cakes With Rémoulade Sauce
Brown Eyed Baker
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7
Tuscan Chicken Liver Paté
Food52
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8
Kale Citrus Salad
Minimalist Baker
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9
Todd Coleman's Potato Gratin
Food52
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10
Moules Marinière
Alexandra's Kitchen
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11
Nigella’s Flourless Chocolate Orange Cake
NeighborFood
12
Beet And Burrata Tart
Little Leopard Book
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13
Pomegranate Roast Lamb
Food52
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14
Linguine Con Vongole
Food52
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15
Balsamic-Roasted Shallots
Food52
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16
Toro Bravo's Radicchio Salad With Manchego Vinaigrette
Food52
17
Idiot Proof Creamy Tomato And Curry Butter Lobster Pasta
Half Baked Harvest
18
Gooey Chocolate Coconut Truffles
How Sweet It Is
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19
Chantarelle Mushroom And Caramelized Shallot Risotto
Adventures in Cooking
20
Flourless Nutella Cake
bell'allimento
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21
Seared Scallops With Truffle And Butter Sauce
Macheesmo
22
Lemon And Olive Oil Marinated Fennel With Burrata And Mint
Food52
23
Chocolate Truffles
Simply Recipes
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24
Warm Olives In Anchovy Oil
Food52
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25
Easy One Pan Fettuccine Alfredo
Number 2 Pencil
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26
Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake With Meyer Lemon Whipped Cream
Food52

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Valentine's Day Recipes