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Romantic Finger Foods and Appetizer Recipes:
Taste the Love!

You have champagne on ice, romantic finger foods ready to eat, the candles are lit, and the kids are at the sitters. You are finally alone... it really is just the two of you...

This is the night that you have been fantasizing about for weeks! And if you're looking for something special to make for your sweetie, finger foods are perfect for this moment. Feeding each other little tidbits (in between kisses, of course!) is probably one of the most romantic things you can do with someone.

Ideas for Romantic Finger Foods

Not all romantic and Valentines finger foods have to be recipes. For example, how about nibbling simple bites of rich caviar on toast points... with sips of champagne or well-chilled vodka? And since caviar is an aphrodisiacÂ… all the better! Some other great ideas for romantic finger foods are:

  • Pate or Foie Gras and Crackers
  • French Cheeses and Crusty Baguette
  • Baked Brie or Camembert (just bake it till bubbly in its own wooden serving container)
  • Berries Dipped in Cream
  • Spicy Shrimp or Crab Legs
  • Cured Olives with Chunks of Feta

You get the picture! But if you want to add something really special to your romantic menu for Valentines or an anniversary, the recipes below will definitely do the trick!


Dry Riesling and Gouda Fondue Recipe

Fondue for a Romantic DinnerNothing says romance quite like a candlelit fondue dinner. With the rich flavor of wine and the creamy perfection of cheese... there's nothing else I can think of that I'd rather be lovingly fed on a romantic evening.

For the wine, be sure you grab a VERY dry Riesling-- the flavor is wonderful, and a sweeter Riesling just won't do the job.

Serve this with toasted (or untoasted if you prefer) cubes of baguette, fresh or semi-crudo vegetables, cubed cooked potatoes (or tiny whole new potatoes), or mini sausages.

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Ingredients:
1 cup of dry Riesling
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
16 ounces shredded gouda cheese (smoked is also nice)
2 tbsp. cornstarch

Directions: 1. Just mix your wine and juice over a medium flame. Take the shredded cheese and sprinkle it with cornstarch. When the wine boils, slowly integrate the cheese. You need to whisk constantly so it stays smooth.

2. Season with salt and pepper if you wish, then transfer into the fondue pot.


Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs with Balsamic

One of my favorite romantic finger foods for any love feast is this romantic recipe for stuffed figs. They're flavorful and delicious... but light enough that you won't feel bloated and weighted down-- which is nice when it comes time for "dessert."

These figgy little romantic finger foods are easy to assemble, but create a serious "wow" factor with the combination of flavors.

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Ingredients:
12 fresh figs, halved
4 oz. herbed goat cheese
24 whole almonds
1 tbs. orange blossom honey
2 tsp. aged balsamic vinegar

Directions: 1.Put each fig half face up on a baking sheet. Fill these with about 1/2 tsp. goat cheese, then nest an almond therein.

2. Turn your oven broiler to high. Once its ready place the sheet of figs inside for about 2 - 3 minutes.

3. Remove and cool, moving the figs to a pretty serving plate. Then pour a little honey and vinegar over each.

4. Enjoy these while they're still warm.

Have fun with it: Feed each other, lovingly, slowly. Enjoy the flavors and the time that you are spending with each other. It's even better when you cook the romantic finger foods together! Enjoy a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio.


Romantic Dessert: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

ROmantic Finger Food Strawberries with ChocolateSo far every one of the romantic finger foods on this menu has ingredients reputed to be an aphrodisiac. And since we're on a roll, let's just keep going! We need one more thing to make this night complete. We need something sweet... the most romantic finger food of all.

If you're serving Champagne, the perfect complement is chocolate covered strawberries. Don't worry, making them is really simple. The key? You have to prepare these a little earlier in the day (which means more time enjoying each other later)!

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Ingredients:
5 oz. good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 pt. fresh strawberries (stems on is best!)

Directions: 1. Wash your strawberries, then pat them dry, leaving the leaves on. Put the chocolate in a microwavable bowl.

2. Set the microwave on low and slowly melt the chocolate, stirring it regularly for a good texture.

3. Once it's fully melted, dip the strawberries one by one so they're covered about 2/3 of the way. Let these cool on a piece of waxed paper in the refrigerator.

Tip: To make them look fancier, melt some white chocolate separately and drizzle that over the top.

The key to making these romantic finger foods really work for you? Have fun and enjoy each other's company! Get the prep-work done so you're not sweating in the kitchen. Put on some music, re-live the good times. And kiss over dinner in that way that embarrasses your kids. It's ok; rememberÂ… they're at the sitter's!


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More Romantic Recipes

Looking for some more fun options for romantic finger foods? You'll find tons here at Appetite 4 Appetizers! Check out:

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and...

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