19 Things To Make For Dinner That Will Totally Turn Your Date On (Photos)

Let’s set the scene: You and your honey have decided to spend a romantic night in. The curtains are drawn; the lights are dimmed.

You’ve lit an aromatic candle (a carefully selected Tahitian vanilla scent would get anyone feeling right).

You’ve got your baby-making playlist ready to go on your surround-sound system. The only thing missing -- the last piece in the puzzle of love -- is the perfect meal to get you both in the mood.

It’s time to turn up the heat in the kitchen so you can turn up the heat in the bedroom later.

With these 19 recipes, you’re guaranteed 100 percent satisfaction... in more ways than one.

Appetizers

1. Duck Breast Salad with White Wine Pear Sauce

Photo by Chris Roman

This arugula and endive mix screams gourmet but is actually super easy to make. Bring the fancy restaurant home with this dish.

2. Tuna Tartare

Photo by Julia Murphy

You won’t even have to go fishing for compliments with this one. Skip the pricey sushi spots you usually hit up and make this winning plate instead.

3. Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

Photo by Corinne Odom

A classic appetizer that always pleases, this dish is a great starter if you're having a heavier course later on.

4. Bacon Jalapeño Cream Cheese Poppers

Photo by Brian Cleary

Get revved up for the night with these spicy bite-sized poppers.

5. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps

Photo by Santina Renzi

Instead of a savory start, begin your date night with some sweet salsa.

6. Squash Soup

Photo by Peaches Memishian

Get cozy with this squash soup.

Main Course

7. Ratatouille

Photo by Smita Jain

This French dish will always remind us of our favorite little chef, Remy. Make this vegetarian plate -- mouse-free -- as a main course for a touch of French sophistication and flavor.

8. Chicken Parmesan

Photo by Hannah Cather

Add some Italian comfort to your night. This simple recipe is sure to satisfy your cheesy chicken craving.

9. Jamaican Chicken Curry

Photo by Bonnie Wu

This Jamaican curry is certain to help your night end with a bang (pun intended).

10. Rosemary Balsamic Chicken

Photo by Mackenzie Barth

This fancy dish can be made in only 30 minutes, saving plenty of time for any late-night activities (wink, wink). Savor this entrée’s thick balsamic reduction over chicken.

11. Brown Sugar Salmon

Photo by Laura Palladino

This easy-to-make brown sugar salmon will give you the strength to make it through this evening of love.

12. Spinach Mushroom Risotto

Photo by Vedika Luthra

Risotto is always a crowd pleaser. This one’s no exception.

13. Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza

Photo by Andrea Kang

Try this prosciutto and arugula pizza. It's quick and easy yet still fancy enough to enjoy with your boo.

Dessert

14. Strawberry-Glazed Cheesecake

Photo by Allie Dang

Cheesecake Factory's got nothing on us. This dessert requires some prep time, but the end result is totally worth it.

15. Cinnamon Brown Sugar Bread Pudding

Photo by Alison Mally

Warm up the cold winter night with this pudding that'll toast you and your SO right up.

16. Jean-Georges Warm Soft Chocolate Cake

Photo by Emma Nosseir

You can't go wrong with this Jean-Georges dessert.

17. Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes

Photo by Caty Schnack

Rumor has it that chocolate is an aphrodisiac. If that's true, this dessert sounds like a perfect way to finish up your meal.

18. Zebra Cake

Photo by Emma Delaney

Go full-on animal-style with this striped dessert.

19. French Bread S’mores

Photo by Sharon Cho

Top off a three-course dinner with your favorite campfire treat with a new French twist.

And how can you hope to go all the way without some wine? Find out how to navigate the wine aisle, which classy, cheap wines you should buy and which cheese you should pair them with.

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This post was originally written by Elana Rubin for Spoon University.