The next appetizer is one with a twist. Spinach dip is fairly common these days, both at homes and at restaurants. But the rich factor is amplified when you add shrimp! In this cheesy baked shrimp and spinach dip, from Peas and Crayons, there are two types of spinach, two types (or more!) of melty cheese and shrimp. Make this a rich and rewarding starter for your Valentine’s Day fete.
Fruit takes new shape with this sweetheart salad from Mama Guru. Slice fruit about 1/4 inch thick, then use a small heart cookie cutter to make delightful fruit slices — it’s almost like those sugary heart-shaped candies, although these are much better for you! This salad also makes a great Valentine’s Day snack for the little ones in your life.
CRACKERS, SUMMER SAUSAGE, CHEESE AND CUCUMBERS IN HEART SHAPES
Kids really get into Valentine’s Day, and heart-shaped cheese, sausage and cucumbers, from Two Kids Cooking, add to the fun. Make your own crackers and cut into heart shapes for a delicious snack or appetizer.
BALSAMIC STRAWBERRY GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI
In the next appetizer, bite-sized Italian bread is topped with versatile goat cheese and carefully placed strawberries. This balsamic strawberry goat cheese crostini, from Cooking for Keeps, is a tasty blend of sharp and sweet on a tender piece of fresh bread. With balsamic vinegar drizzled and a smattering of basil, this appetizer will be inhaled.
SMOKED SALMON APPETIZER ON A STICK
Smoked salmon lends an elegance to dinner. This charming and delicious smoked salmon appetizer on a stick, from OMG Lifestyle, is easy to fix — and the whole thing is completely edible, no toothpicks or skewers necessary. Breadsticks are the base to which the salmon, cream cheese and green onions are affixed. Simple and palatable, this is the perfect starter for your Valentine’s Day feast!
STUFFED CAPRESE TOMATOES
Sweet Campari tomatoes stuffed with fresh mozzarella cheese, this appetizer is great for sharing. Stuffed caprese tomatoes, courtesy of A Few Short Cuts, filled with the soft mozzarella cheese found in the deli section at grocery stores are baked until gooey and slightly brown on top, then topped with basil and balsamic vinegar. Your loved ones will applaud.
If you have the time and inclination, try your hand at these from-scratch heart-shaped pretzels courtesy of Passion for Savings. Endear yourself to your kids by letting them twist and shape the pretzels, creating Valentine’s Day memories for years to come. Even if you don’t have kids, there’s no substitute for homemade pretzels. Serve with melted cheese or the spinach dip described above for an out-of-this-world dish.
CRAB IMPERIAL APPETIZER
Valentine’s Day gives us a reason to splurge. There’s something about amor that makes us want to treat our loved ones (and ourselves) to rich and indulgent flavors. This crab imperial appetizer, courtesy of A Dish of Daily Life, is certainly rich and indulgent. Crab and heavy cream are spooned into puffed pastry to create a bite-sized starter for all to enjoy during your Valentine’s Day celebration.
Bruschetta hails from that country of passion, Italy. These bruschetta melts, from A Kitchen Addiction, are made with thin-sliced Italian bread and topped with cream cheese, garlic, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil ribbons. The bright red cherry tomatoes and the contrasting bright green of the basil are delightful to the eye, just as the garlic and cheese awaken the taste buds. This is a delicious addition to your Valentine’s Day feast.
ELEGANT RADISH AND HAM TEA SANDWICH
Valentine’s Day meals should be classy — and these elegant radish and ham tea sandwiches, courtesy of Sweetology101, are the perfect examples of class. Flower-shaped bread is toasted into a slight bowl shape and then topped with piped cream cheese. A small ham slice is rolled in rose-fashion, and the whole sandwich is garnished with a slice of radish. What a great idea for Valentine’s Day lunch for kids or for a ladies’ luncheon! Feel free to substitute other deli meats or make an assortment of different sandwiches. Without a doubt, this refined appetizer will impress those you love.
VALENTINE’S DAY APPETIZERS
Treat your special someone to a full Valentine’s Day menu, and be sure to include one or more of these Valentine’s Day appetizers. You could even put together a whole charcuterie board-esque spread with all of these Valentine appetizers. Your loved one will know you go together like macaroni and cheese when they see the effort you put forth with these tasty bites!
1. Marinated Antipasto Appetizers
Make this recipe as a Valentine’s Day appetizer to show your partner how much you “heart” them! With artichoke hearts, grape tomatoes, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and dressing, these skewers are a super simple way to enjoy a range of savory flavors.
2. Festive Fiesta Bites
Turn these Festive Fiesta Bites into a Valentine appetizer and your sweetie will say, “Let’s avo-cuddle!” These bites feature chopped olives, avocado guacamole and bacon bites, and they are the perfect way to start off a Valentine’s Day taco night.
3. Italian Hummus
Got an Italian dinner at home planned? Start it off with this recipe to say, “Words cannot express hummus I love you.” Instead of chickpeas, this Italian Hummus recipe uses cannellini beans along with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, Parmesan and more.
4. Roasted Beet, Feta & Walnut-Topped Crostini
Make your SO’s heart beet with these flavorful crostini. While the day is often one dedicated to indulgence in love and tasty food, this Valentine’s Day appetizer is conveniently a Healthy Living recipe.
5. Cherry Tomato Tulips
Are you hosting a Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day party? Make these Valentine appetizers to tell your friends and loved ones, “I love you from my head tomatoes.” Fill your cherry tomato “flowers” with a delectable combination of cream cheese, milk, lemon juice, garlic, onions and dill and arrange to resemble a bouquet.
6. Bacon-Wrapped Pickle Bites
Is bacon the way to your loved one’s heart? This Valentine’s Day appetizer is kind of a big dill. Use just three ingredients to make these pickle bites enveloped in savory, crispy bacon.
7. Pear and Cheese Plate
Are you and your partner the perfect pair? Then enjoy this Pear and Cheese Plate as your Valentine’s Day appetizer. Enjoy this recipe before a night on the town or before you enjoy your dinner together at home
8. Garlic Spinach & Cheddar Fondue
What is more romantic than fondue? It might sound cheesy, but we really love this recipe as a Valentine’s Day appetizer, and it’s also great for your Valentine’s Day party.
9. Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Spread
Your sweetie is sure to find this Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Spread a-peel-ing. Enjoy this Valentine appetizer with your favorite butter or wheat crackers.
10. Lovebug Mini Cheese Balls
These cheesy lovebugs are sure to win the hearts of everyone at your Valentine’s day party. Made with cream cheese, pepperoni, bacon bits and more, these mini cheese balls are as adorable as they are delicious!