Great Valentine’s Day Recipes

If you’re looking for easy and creative food, Valentine’s Day is a fun time to experiment. Try at least one of the following simple Valentine’s Day recipes for a party or a special family night at home.

Decadent cheese-stuffed strawberries (serves 16)

Serve this unique combination for finger food on Valentine’s Day and expect to be asked for the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup good-quality balsamic vinegar
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (can use fat-free)
  • 2 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 16 large fresh strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons toasted pecans, finely chopped

Directions

Bring vinegar to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook liquid until reduced by half, then cool to room temperature. In another bowl, beat the cream cheese to a smooth consistency, then fold in the blue cheese. Remove strawberry stems and scoop out the centers. Fill each berry with approximately 2 teaspoons of the mixture. Sprinkle with pecans, pressing them lightly into the top. Chill until ready to serve. Place berries on a serving plate and drizzle with the vinegar reduction.

“I love you” pizza (serves 4)

Show your family how much you love them with this mouth-watering Valentine’s Day meal idea.

Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • 8 ounces pizza sauce
  • 24 pieces pepperoni or crumbled Italian sausage (can use turkey for less fat)
  • 3 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a nonstick cookie sheet or lightly grease any cookie sheet. Unroll the pizza dough on a clean work surface. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough into 4 rectangles and place on the cookie sheet.

On the wide edge of each dough portion, cut a 1-inch slit in the center. On the opposite side across from this slit, pinch dough together to create the sharp point of a heart. Gently separate each slit and begin to shape the dough into a 6″ x 5″ heart, making a little rim around the dough edge. Divide the topping ingredients equally and layer to within 1/2 inch of the edge starting with the sauce, meat and then cheese. Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes or until the edges are golden and cheese has melted.

Time-saving strawberry shortcake (serves 4 to 6)

You’ll impress anyone with this easy dessert that’s a classic food on Valentine’s Day.

Ingredients

  • White cake mix
  • 3 cups diced, fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar to sprinkle on berries, if desired
  • 1 container prepared whipped cream or plain Cool Whip™

Directions

Follow package directions to bake the cake in a single layer and cool on a wire rack. If using sugar, sprinkle over the berries and mix. Keep at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cut the cake into individual servings and then cut each piece horizontally to create two layers. Spread the bottom layer with whipped cream. Top with a few berries but not too many or the next layer will slip off. Top the second layer with more berries and gently press them down. Add a generous dollop of whipped cream and garnish with remaining berries.

 

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