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Jan 22, 2008 05:06 PM

Red foods for Valentine's Day parties

I'm in the process of planning a big Valentine's Day party for all my single girlfriends (and maybe a select few men too). I'd like a predominantly red or pink menu for the obviously, mostly hors d'oeuvres and desserts. So far, I have red velvet cupcakes, radishes and sea salt, bruschetta (although that one is iffy since it's best when garlicky), and a cassis-champagne punch.

Does anyone have ideas/recipes for red hors d'oeuvres or desserts, especially ones that require no utensils? Thanks in advance for any and all ideas!

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  1. Strawberries dipped in chocolate. Also, this isn't exactly seasonal, but Cooking Light did a nice raspberry canape which I've modified:
    fresh raspberries
    pink peppercorns
    toasted rounds of walnut bread or other hearty bread
    mix ricotta with ground pepper; top toasts with ricotta mix; top that with a few raspberries; drizzle with a bit of honey then top (if you want) with some finely cut mint. Very elegant and tasty...

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    1. re: Procrastibaker

      How did I not think of chocolate-dipped strawberries?! And the raspberry canape sounds heavenly...

    2. This is more pink than red, but how about a shooter of strawberry soup for dessert?

      Strawberries aren't in season where I live, but you could probably use frozen.


        Scroll down for the receipe for Berenbaum's Chocolate Oblivion Truffle Torte. It's chocolate, but I serve it with fresh raspberries and raspberry sauce and there's no recipe more appropriate for Valentine's Day. And . . . it keeps perfectly in the fridge for days so you can make it way ahead of time.

        1. Shrimp cocktail???????
          Terra chips & salsa
          Beets - in some incarnation...

          Caprese salad ( I sometimes add genoa salami with the tomato, mozz, basil). Serve on smallish rounds of crusty bread.

          1. gaspacho shooters
            cherry tomatoes stuffed with tapenade
            roasted jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese
            tomato-flavoured tortillas, filled and rolled into pinwheels