Use a cookie cutter to cut vegetables and fruits into hearts (photo © Boursin).


[2] Look for red or purple fruits and veggies (photo of red Belgian endive © Melissa’s Produce).


[3] Cauliflower florets in “passion” purple also belong on a Valentine cheese board. Also look for purple asparagus, bell peppers and green beans (photo © Sid Wainer | Facebook).

 

Here’s an easy and fun snack for Valentine’s Day.

While our go-to with cheese was Valley Lahvosh Cracker Hearts, they’ve become harder and harder to find.

An aha! moment came when we saw this crudités presentation from Boursin:

  • To spread soft cheeses like Boursin atop the vegetables and fruits.
  • As Valentine accents on a cheese plate.
  • Or, substitute your favorite dip for the cheese.
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    FRUITS & VEGGIES TO CARVE

    If you have both small and large heart-shaped cookie cutters, so much the better. Cut up:

  • Apples (red skins)
  • Beets (orange, red, yellow)
  • Bell peppers (orange, red, yellow)
  • Cucumber
  • Daikon
  • Pears (especially red-skinned, like Anjou)
  • Purple potatoes, cooked to a slicing consistency
  • Watermelon
  • Watermelon radishes or other large radishes
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    What about the cores of pears and apples?

    It’s easy to use a coring tool.

    Or, like olive pits, simply eat around them and place the cores in a bowl.
     
     
    NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE CUT INTO HEARTS

    Some items can simply be scattered, such as:

  • Cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Purple cauliflower florets (photo #3)
  • Red berries
  • Red cerignola olives
  • Red endive (photo #2)
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    The leaves of red endive, by the way, are excellent “boats” to fill with:

  • Flavored cream cheese or pimento cheese.
  • Other spreadable cheeses.
  • Chicken, crab, egg or tuna salad.
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    BEYOND VALENTINE’S DAY

    The idea also works for other “loving” occasions, such as anniversaries, bridal showers and Mother’s Day.

     

     
      

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