Valentine's Day Appetizer Recipes

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Stuffed Artichoke Hearts

Rating: 4.5 stars 42
These are rich and so delicious. I dare anyone to eat just one!

Easy Rumaki with Pineapple

Rating: 4.5 stars 39
This combines the crunchiness of bacon and water chestnuts with the wonderful flavors of pineapple. We make it right before watching football games, but it doesn't last long.

Fig and Olive Tapenade

Rating: 4.5 stars 264
This is an easy gourmet appetizer. I've brought this to several parties and it is always a hit! I often add some chopped green olives to the olive mixture and a little more balsamic. Goat cheese may also be used in place of the cream cheese. Serve with slices of French bread or crackers.
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Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail

Rating: 5 stars 146
"Exactly like you would [get] from a high-end seafood restaurant." – LaCosta Lotta

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.5 stars 132
A classic favorite stuffed mushroom is taken to new heights by wrapping in a slice of bacon. Simple, but will melt in your mouth!

Air Fryer Oysters on the Half Shell

I love the flavor of oysters but will not eat them raw due to texture. Who would have thought you could cook them up in 4 minutes in the air fryer? So simple and such a treat.

Matty's Brie Cheese Fondue

Rating: 4 stars 31
My husband and I love to indulge in special 'date nights', which always include his fabulous fondues. This brie fondue is by far the best creation yet!

Chocolate Sea Salt Crostini

Rating: 4.5 stars 10
For this to work as a savory bite, the chocolate must be very dark, bittersweet, and world-class. Look for names that are hard to pronounce. Labels with percentage symbols are always a good sign (the higher the percent, the better).


Rating: 4.5 stars 256
After having these shrimp as an appetizer at a restaurant I have been trying to duplicate them. Serve with bread to mop up the extra yummy garlic butter!

Crab and Lobster Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.5 stars 179
This is the result of trying to duplicate a seafood chain's recipe. Comes close enough, they're gone the minute they hit the table!

Spicy Shrimp Dip

Rating: 4 stars 8
Serve this flavorful dip with your favorite dipping crackers.
By Tracey Orr McGill

Smoked Salmon Spread

Rating: 4.5 stars 260
A delicious and easy spread that always gets many compliments. Serve it with somewhat bland crackers to taste the smoked salmon. You can add some chopped capers for more flavor, if needed. I usually serve this on a nice plate and put the spread in a mold before serving.

Inspiration and Ideas

Perfect Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms
Rating: Unrated 183
"DELICIOUS! I used canned crab and that worked out great...I will definitely be making these again—YUM!" – Christina
8 Shrimp Cocktails That Rival Your Favorite Restaurant
Feel like you've gone out for a special meal with a perfectly chilled shrimp cocktail at home.
Easy Guacamole
Rating: 4.5 stars 1047

A simple go-to guacamole recipe that makes you beg for more. Try it if you're learning how to make guac, or just need to whip up a batch for friends.