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40 Fancy Date Night Recipes That Are Absolutely Worth The Effort

Shake up your normal dinner routine with something extra special.

You're probably cooking at home much more than usual, so why not shake up your dinner routine every now and then with something a bit out of the ordinary? These recipes — ranging from brunch favorites to decadent dinners — are a little bit fancy, and they're absolutely worth the effort.

2. Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Pancakes

3. Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

4. Prosciutto and Swiss Dutch Baby

A savory Dutch baby filled with prosciutto, Swiss cheese, and arugula.

5. Eggs in Purgatory

6. Chicken Marsala

7. Pecan Crusted Salmon With Lemon Glaze

8. Stuffed Roasted Eggplant

9. Maple Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

10. Flounder Piccata

Four pieces of breaded flounder piccata with capers, herbs, and lemon.

11. Lamb Chops With Mustard Thyme Sauce

12. Crispy Baked Scallops

Baked Parmesan and panko scallops on a baking sheet.

13. Linguine With Clams

14. Baked Mushroom Risotto

15. Lobster Mac 'n' Cheese

16. Mushroom Fettuccine

17. Slow Roasted Salmon With Citrus and Fennel

A plate of slow roasted salmon with blood orange and fennel fronds.

18. Seared Ahi Tuna With Sesame Dressing

20. Shrimp Orzo In Creamy Wine Sauce

Shrimp and orzo in a pan.

21. Cauliflower Parmesan

22. Dijon Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

23. Cast Iron Ribeye Steak

A medium-rare ribeye steak in a skillet with herbs, butter, and garlic.

24. Scallops With Lemon Caper Sauce

25. Mushroom and White Bean Cassoulet with Mustard Polenta

Mushroom and White Bean Cassoulet with Mustard Polenta

26. Creamy Pumpkin and Sausage Gnocchi

27. Argentinian Stuffed Flank Steak

28. Cod With Tomato and Herb Butter

30. Slow Cooker Red Wine Braised Short Rib Pasta

A bowl of pasta with short rib ragu.

31. Stuffed Acorn Squash

32. Crab Spaghetti With Lemon Gremolata

A plate of pasta with crab meat, lemon zest, and breadcrumbs.

33. Chinese Steamed Fish With Ginger Shallot Sauce

Two steamed fish with scallions and shallot ginger sauce.

34. Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs

35. Chimichurri Steak Salad

A steak salad with chimichurri sauce, lots of vegetables, and pita bread.

36. Moroccan Chicken Tagine Skillet

37. Five-Ingredient Easy Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

38. Red Velvet Cake Truffles

Red velvet cake truffles with chocolate coating.

39. Greek Yogurt Strawberry Cheesecakes

40. Gooey Red Velvet Cookies

Red velvet cookies with a gooey interior.