There’s no need to sweat the last-minute Valentine’s Day reservation. These extra-delicious takes on French-bistro classics are predestined for a date night in. Linger over a golden gratin or a pot of briny mussels, or slice into a succulent game hen or steak au poivre.
Honeynut Squash, Leek, and Brie Gratin
Here, layers of sliced honeynut squash, leeks, and lasagna noodles melt into a luscious vegetarian gratin. Serve with a crisp green salad and your favorite vinaigrette.
Roasted Game Hen with Root Vegetables
Craving roast chicken but want something that cooks in a fraction of the time? Enter Cornish game hen—a quick turn in the oven yields golden skin and juicy meat. Carrots and celery root are roasted on a rack below until caramelized, then dressed with an irresistible mustard-tarragon pan sauce.
Skillet Steak with Pink-Peppercorn Butter
Instead of being coated with peppercorns steak au poivre-style, this pan-seared rib-eye relies on a flavorful butter made with pink peppercorns and Meyer lemon zest. The lemon segments are teamed with frisee and shallots in the lively salad served alongside.
Brothy Mussels with Oven Fries
Moules frites is a bistro classic that will never go out of style. Our riff adds cherry tomatoes and garlic to the white-wine broth for more oomph and calls for unfussy roasted potato wedges instead of the traditional fries.