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Très Romantique: 23 Mouthwatering French Recipes for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, now is the time to come up with a menu that’s very romantic. Or should we say très romantique? Few people are as obsessed with both love and cooking as the French, so French cuisine is a natural choice for your Valentine’s menu.

Need a few romantic French recipes? Here are 23 ideas from starters to desserts to help you plan dinner for your bien-aimé.

  • Très Romantique: 23 Mouthwatering French Recipes for Valentine’s Day 1 of 24
    Très Romantique: 23 Mouthwatering French Recipes for Valentine's Day

    Even if you're new to cooking, these romantic French recipes are sure to impress your love on Valentine's Day.

  • French 75 2 of 24
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    Kick off an evening of French eating with a memorable cocktail! The French 75 is a delicious blend of champagne, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and gin.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • French Onion Soup 3 of 24
    French Onion Soup

    French onion soup is the French dish that even francophobes love. And for good reason, with its wonderful, gooey cheese topping, it's both fun and delicious.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Potato Leek Soup 4 of 24
    Potato Leek Soup

    Since Valentine's Day falls in the midst of winter's fresh produce desert, it can be tough to make something that's both seasonal delicious, but potato and leek soup uses hearty winter flavors to full effect.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Jaime Mormann

  • Roasted Beet and Orange Salad 5 of 24
    beet-orange-salad

    Add some vibrant fruits and vegetables to the mix with this fun take on a traditional French beet salad.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Potatoes Gratin 6 of 24
    Potatoes Gratin

    With rich melted cheese, potatoes gratin are the perfect accompaniment to your French dinner.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Savory Buckwheat Crepes with Ham and Swiss 7 of 24
    Savory Buckwheat Crêpes with Ham and Swiss

    We often think of crêpes as a dessert, but savory buckwheat crêpes are a surprising delight that are fantastic for lunch or as part of a dinner.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Croque Monsieur 8 of 24
    Croque Monsieur

    Let's face it, not all of us have the time or inclination to put together a gourmet meal on Valentine's Day, but that doesn't mean you can't pretty things up just a little. Croque monsieur is a French take on a grilled ham and cheese that shows what a huge difference a few small changes to a simple dish can make.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Roast Chicken 9 of 24
    Roast Chicken

    In America, roast chicken doesn't scream "French," but it's an enormously popular dish in France. It's pretty straightforward to make, and there are hundreds of ways to tweak the recipe and make it your own.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Stacie Billis

  • Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon 10 of 24
    Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon

    Beef bourguignon is a classic French dish that has the advantage of being fairly hands-off. Start it well ahead of time and have a glass of wine with your sweetheart before dinner.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Aggie Goodman

  • Bacon-Wrapped Filet Mignon with Bleu Cheese 11 of 24
    bacon wrapped filt mignon

    Make a classic French steak with all the richness of bacon and Bleu Cheese at home!

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Brooke McLay

  • Coq au Vin 12 of 24
    Coq au Vin

    Like beef bourguignon, coq au vin is a dish that requires little work once you've got it started. It's also not as heavy as a lot of French food can be, so it's a great choice if you don't want your romantic evening to end too soon.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Laura Levy

  • Eric Ripert’s Carbonara for Two 13 of 24
    Carbonara

    Try a French twist on the Italian classic with this recipe from Eric Ripert made with irresistible creme fraiche.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kelsey Banfield

  • Cod en Papillote 14 of 24
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    Laid back and easy can also be incredibly delicious! Try a recipe for cod cooked in parchment for a scrumptious Valentine's Day entree.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Stacie Billis

  • Cheese Plate 15 of 24
    Cheese Plate

    In the States, a cheese plate is usually something we set out early at a party, but in France, it's often served at the end of a meal. Whether you want to start or end with cheese, it's an easy no-cook course that will please most palates.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kelsey Banfield

  • Perfect Meringues 16 of 24
    meringues

    Airy meringues are the ideal gluten-free dessert for a night of French-inspired eating.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Sheri Silver

  • Tarte Tatin 17 of 24
    Tarte Tatin

    According to legend, the tarte tatin was created to save a ruined dessert. It's probably not true, but it does speak to the tarte's status as something even a baker prone to trouble can make without too much fuss.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Creme Brulee 18 of 24
    Crème Brûlée

    Crème Brûlée is a rich, sophisticated dessert that's easier to make than you might have guessed. Just make sure you have the right tools beforehand.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • French Chocolate Cake 19 of 24
    French Chocolate Cake

    This simple, almost flourless cake is about as easy as homemade dessert gets. Of course, you'll never know from the taste how little effort it requires.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Macaroons 20 of 24
    White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Macaroons

    If you don't adore macaroons, it's because you've never had a good one. This light French cookie is a breeze to make and can be made ahead of time if you're going to be busy with other things on Valentine's Day itself.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Shaina Olmanson

  • Easy Chocolate Souffle 21 of 24
    Easy Chocolate Soufflé

    While soufflés aren't a snap to make, their difficulty has been blown way out of proportion. If you're a reasonably experienced home baker, you can make a soufflé. And after you make this delicious chocolate soufflé, you'll wish you'd started sooner.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kelsey Banfield

  • Tarte au Citron 22 of 24
    Tarte au Citron

    Just because you're making something for your sweetheart, doesn't mean you have to go overboard with the sweetness. Tarte au citron brings a wonderful tartness to your table that will definitely be appreciated.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Julie Van Rosendaal

  • Madeleine Jam Bars 23 of 24
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    Delicious jam bars made with crumbled madeleines and almond paste make for a simple and easygoing Valentine's Day dessert.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Shaina Olmanson

  • Clementine Madeleines 24 of 24
    clementine Madeleines

    Cook up a tasty clementine-infused treat that's perfect for a romantic dessert! Try pairing these buttery madeleines with a rich vanilla ice cream for an extra special finish to your meal.

    Babble Food has the recipe

    Image: Kelsey Banfield

More from Brooklyn Supper on Babble:
22 Romantic, Chocolate-Free Dessert Recipes for Valentine’s Day
17 Fresh Frittata Recipes
14 Winter Vegetable Sides That Take 20 Minutes

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