Easy Valentine’s Day Appetizers To Cook Before Going Out

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So you want to show off to your new boo, but you don’t want to commit to making a five-course meal from scratch. Easy! Dazzle your date with one of these delicious appetizers before going out to dinner. An elevated pregame will set an intimate and romantic tone for your evening, and your date will be properly impressed by your gourmet skills. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone how easy these recipes are 😉

Baked Brie
For a low-effort luxury, baked brie is your best friend. Pick up a ceramic brie baker, or just use parchment paper. Slice the top off of a wheel of brie, then spread jam and honey over the opening. Garnish with thyme sprigs, then bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes. Serve with crackers or sliced apples for an extra bite of deliciousness!

Mushroom Poppers
For these easy and filling quick bites, mix cream cheese, chopped jalepeño, and bacon bits. Stuff into cremini mushrooms, then top with parmesan and bread crumbs. Bake at 375°F for 40 minutes, then serve with chives or green onion for garnish!

Asparagus Crescents
If you’ve got some time to kill, you can create the crescents from scratch by layering puff pastry sheets on with butter. OR, just pick up some pre-made dough! Cook asparagus in a skillet with shallots, then stuff into dough along with ham, parmesan, or other tasty vegetables. Cook according to the directions on the dough package and enjoy!

Candied Nuts
If you’re just looking for something to munch on while you get ready (and while your date waits) these candied nuts are the snack for you. In a non-stick skillet, heat ¼ a cup of sugar, a tablespoon of butter, and a cup of pecans or walnuts. Use a rubber spatula to coat the nuts evenly with that sugary goodness, then cool on a baking sheet for 15 minutes before serving. This is just a base layer, so once you’ve tried it out, experiment with adding cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus zest, or even bourbon! 

Mediterranean Skewers
These colorful little skewers make the perfect mini meal, and serve as a great appetizer for an Italian or Mediterranean dinner. Using extra-long toothpicks, pierce small mozzarella balls, sundried tomato slices, cooked tortellini, and olives, then season lightly with salt and pepper. The best part about this recipe? Basically all the ingredients are store-bought, so the artistry is all in the presentation. 

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