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Jan 20, 2011 06:30 AM

Help for App Recipe for Hot Date!

I have a date coming up and we'll be having champagne or wine and one hors 'ouvres at my house before we go out. We both love to cook and Id really like to impress.
A couple of restrictions
Im lactose intolerant so nothing with too much cheese or dairy
My date does not eat tuna
Like to keep away from garlic/raw onion(don't want to ruin any possible romantic moments!)
Id also like to keep it healthy-ish if possible, but this is NOT a dealbreaker
Things Im considering...
Dates stuffed w gorgonzola dolce wrapped in pancetta
Endive leaves with some kind of filling
So what are your favorite apps if you could only do one and wanted to charm someone?
Thanks for any advice you may have

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  1. I found this recipe recently and it looks so impressive (and gorgeous!):
    looks perfect with a little wine.

    You might find a bunch of other ideas at in that website as well. Good luck on your date! I'm sure others will be chiming in soon :)

    1. Not sure how you feel about crab but emeril used to have a really good asian crab cake. I just looked for it but could not find it, however, found one from Martha Stewart that looks pretty amazing I may have to try it.

      1. If you want to stay away from garlic you won't want to use Panchetta. It is often processed using garlic as an ingredient.

        1. Well.....I'm just gonna go ahead and say it. Oysters on the half shell........


          5 Replies
          1. re: Davwud

            Thats a really great idea. Didnt even cross my mind!

            1. re: Davwud

              +1 on this, served with mignonette, for something different.

              1. re: Davwud

                +2 on the oysters *if* you know that your date likes them - they're a polarizing food :)

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Sure, raw oysters can be a deal maker or breaker. It also might be a rather overt signal on the OP's part, but if her date loves oysters, that's a way to go.

                  If not, take a lttle of that Asian crab salad, posted upthread, and place a teaspoon or so onto the endive leaf.

                2. re: Davwud

                  There are lots of recipes for oysters in the shell that are cooked, if you think your date (or yourself) might be squeamish about raw ones. Oysters Rockefeller comes to mind, but I know there are lots of great bake and serve recipes out there for them as well.

                3. How about some puff pastry nibbles to play off that crisp bubbly? Saute some minced mushrooms, shallots & thyme and use a mini muffin tin to form some tartlets.