6 Dream Date Night Dishes That Would Make a Chef Swoon

Still undecided about what you’re cooking for that extra-romantic Valentine’s Day dinner? We asked three chef couples what dish someone could make that would impress them. Here’s what they had to say. 

Still undecided about what you’re cooking for that extra-romantic Valentine’s Day dinner? We asked three chef couples what dish someone could make that would impress them. Here’s what they had to say:

“A solid roasted chicken is always impressive to me.” —Greg Denton, Ox in Portland, OR
Recipes:
Whole Roast Chicken with 40 Brussels Sprouts
Butter-Roasted Chicken with Soy-Garlic Glaze
Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken

“A simple yet well-executed bowl of pasta can be both comforting and romantic.” —Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, Ox in Portland, OR
Recipes:
Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs
Pasta with Guaniciale, Radicchio and Ricotta
Fettuccine with Mushrooms, Tarragon and Goat-Cheese Sauce

“Oysters and caviar.” —Matt Danzer, Uncle Boons in New York City
Recipes:
Oysters on the Half Shell with Ceviche Topping
7-Minute Salmon Caviar Sushi Bites
Oysters Rockefeller

“Braises. It’s hard to really mess them up—plus they’re super satisfying.” —Anne Redding, Uncle Boons in New York City
Recipes:
Wine-Braised Pork with Chestnuts and Sweet Potatoes
Smoked Porter-Braised Beef Short Ribs
Braised Chicken Thighs with Olives and Basil

“A grilled piece of steak. The simplicity of a grilled steak done correctly should impress anyone.” —Evan Rich, Rich Table in San Francisco
Recipes:
Butter-Basted Rib Eye Steaks
Throwback Porterhouse Steaks
Rib Eye and Radishes in Bagna Cauda Butter

“Homemade pasta—an age-old, foolproof recipe.” —Sarah Rich, Rich Table in San Francisco
Recipes:
Black-and-White Pici Pasta
Fresh Pappardelle
Potato Gnocchi with Butter and Cheese

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