Treat Yourself to a Fine Dining Experience at Home with These Fancy Dinner Recipes
Lobster Tails with Chive Butter
Macaroni and Brie with Crab
Scandinavian Steak and Potatoes
Wonderful things happen when you combine tiny new potatoes and flat iron steak (a well-marbled, highly tender cut of meat) with rich Scandinavian spices. Give those lemon halves a quick char in your pan before squeezing over this fancy meat dish.
Seared Scallops and Baby Spinach with Spiced Pomegranate Glaze
Scallops are a classic gourmet recipe that makes any meal feel like a celebration. Those quick-cooking scallops are served over a bed of spinach with a homemade pomegranate glaze for a seafood dinner so good, you'll want to lick the plate clean.
Short Ribs with Black Barley and Mushrooms
Once you realize how easy it is to make your own braised short-ribs, you'll be finding plenty of excuses to make this fall-off-the-bone dish for more than just fancy dinners. There are pans specifically for braising, but your lidded Dutch oven ($70, Target) will do the trick.
Double-Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream
Lemony Mussels with Cherry Tomatoes and Potatoes
A citrus and white wine sauce braises the mussels in this savory fancy-looking seafood dinner. The best part about this gourmet meal is that it comes together super fast in your Instant Pot ($100, Target). Serve with a chunk of crusty bread so no drop gets left behind.
Cauliflower Steaks with Hazelnuts & Browned Butter
For an easy fancy dinner (that just so happens to be vegetarian), give cauliflower steaks a try. Simply seasoned with salt and pepper, all it takes is a quick sear on a screaming-hot cast-iron skillet ($25, Bed Bath & Beyond) to bring out the flavor. The browned butter sauce, crunchy hazelnuts, and lemon zest provide a picture-perfect finish.
Beef Steaks Wellington
There's a reason this classic English dish was named after a duke. It's fit for royalty. Topped with pate, wrapped in flaky pastry, and drizzled with a rich mushroom sauce, this beef wellington recipe will transport you to a table at the fanciest restaurant in town.
Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Roll-Ups
Chicken breasts don't have to be boring. Turn the white meat into a fancy dinner by rolling it with garlic-herb goat cheese, baby arugula, and roasted red peppers. Dried-tomato pesto gives the gourmet recipe an added layer of Mediterranean flavor.
Baby Beet and Flank Steak Salad Dijon
Serve up juicy flank steak in a colorful new format by pairing it with sweet baby beets on toasty Parmesan-crusted French bread. A homemade honey-mustard vinaigrette really takes this fancy meat dish to the next level.
Chicken with Marsala Risotto
Yes, you can make restaurant-quality risotto right in your own kitchen. This take on a classic Italian dish gets an earthy flavor from cremini mushrooms and richness from Masala wine. Your entire family will rave over this gourmet dinner for days afterward.
Lamb Chops with Blackberry Chutney
Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Herbed Brown Butter
Fall-favorite butternut squash replaces the potato in this rich and pillowy gnocchi recipe, which makes for an impressive gourmet meal. Browned herb butter and a balsamic vinegar reduction add layers of luxury. For an extra-filling fancy dinner, top with juicy shrimp.
Japanese Roast Chicken
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Pan-Seared Salmon with Tomato Pesto
Make your fancy meal feel more special by taking the time to prepare a homemade sauce, dressing, or glaze. The tomato pesto that flavors these fresh salmon fillets is made with both dried and fresh tomatoes, green olives, and fresh basil.