Valentine's Day Appetizer Recipes

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Stuffed Artichoke Hearts

Rating: 4.43 stars
These are rich and so delicious. I dare anyone to eat just one!

Easy Rumaki with Pineapple

Rating: 4.53 stars
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: 4.59 stars
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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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.57 stars
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: 3.84 stars
My husband and I love to indulge in special 'date nights', which always include a fun movie, a bottle of wine, nibbles, and his fabulous fondues. I help by preparing the accoutrements to his masterpieces. This is by far the best creation yet!

Chocolate Sea Salt Crostini

Rating: 4.22 stars
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: 4.55 stars
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: 4.57 stars
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!

Shrimp Kisses with Feta Cheese

Rating: 4.57 stars
You can never go wrong with shrimp and bacon, but add a little feta and jalapeno and you will be getting kisses from everybody!

Smoked Salmon Spread

Rating: 4.54 stars
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.

Roasted Dates Stuffed with Pine Nuts in Honey

Rating: 5 stars
From the volumes of Apicius, this splendid yet curious ancient dish from 1st century A.D. Roman brings together the tastes of honey, fruit, and nuts that can be served as a dessert after dinner.

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Perfect Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: Unrated
"DELICIOUS! I used canned crab and that worked out great...I will definitely be making these again—YUM!" – Christina

Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail

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

Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

Rating: 4.06 stars

Tasty, hot appetizers that take little time to prepare but will impress your guests!