Valentine's Day AppetizersValentine's Day Bacon and Smoked Oysters
2 cn Smoked oysters
1/4 c Light vegetable oil
1/2 lb Bacon strips
40 Round wooden toothpicks
3 tb Garlic, minced
Cut bacon strips in thirds.
Wrap a bacon slice around each oyster and place a toothpick through to hold it in place.
In a medium skillet, heat oil, and add garlic.
Cook wrapped oysters in oil until bacon is crisp.
Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel to drain.
Valentine's Day Blue Cheese and Walnuts Appetizers
1 c Walnuts
1 c Crumbled blue cheese
1 Egg beaten with 1 tb water
Just chop 1 cup of walnuts (depending on the size of brie you need to cover) and stir into 1 cup crumbled blue cheese. Press onto the top of the brie and carefully wrap a sheet of thawed puff pastry dough (Roll out to size needed).
Use fingers wet with cold water to seal underside of pastry. Cut off excess to make cut-outs and adhere to top of brie with a little cold water.
Brush with egg mixture.
Bake on a cookie sheet covered with baking parchment in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes until golden. (Parchment makes it simple to transfer brie to serving dish.)
Let Baked Brie stand for 20-30 Min. before cutting to let it firm up a little.
Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce
6 tb Butter or margarine
1/4 c Hot pepper sauce
Vegetable oil for frying
18 Chicken wings, disjointed, tips discarded
Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce:
1/4 lb Blue cheese, Roquefort or Gorgonzola
1/2 c Mayonnaise
1/2 c Sour cream
1 tb Lemon juice
1 tb Wine vinegar
Hot pepper sauce to taste
Melt butter in a small saucepan. Add hot sauce and remove from the heat.
In a large frying pan or deep-fat fryer, heat 1" of oil to 375. Fry wings in batches without crowding until golden brown, 12 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels.
Brush wings with spicy butter. Serve warm with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce.
For Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce: In small bowl, mash the blue cheese, leaving some small lumps. Whisk in the mayonnaise until blended. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, wine vinegar, and hot pepper sauce; whisk until well blended.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve
Valentine's Day Caviar Heart Kisses
1 sm Cucumber, scrubbed and trimmed
1/3 c Sour Cream
1 ts Dried dill weed
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Jar red salmon caviar
Fresh dill sprigs
8 Thin slices whole-wheat bread
Butter or margarine
Slice cucumber into 1/4-inch rounds.
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, dried dill and pepper. Place one teaspoon of the sour cream mixture on each cucumber slice. Garnish each with about 1/2 teaspoon caviar and a dill sprig.
Cut bread slices with heart-shaped cookie cutter. Toast and butter. Place cucumber slices in center of serving plate and surround with toast hearts.