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4 French-Bistro Classics for Valentine's Day Dinner

The best table for two is at your house.

Senior Food Editor
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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.

squash leek brie gratin
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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.

 

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mustard tarragon game hen
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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.

 

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Steak With Pink-Peppercorn Butter
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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.

 

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brothy mussels oven fries
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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.

 

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