Valentine's Day cocktail and canapes recipes

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Show off your cooking skills while slowly getting him drunk with these brilliant cocktail and canapé recipes for Valentine's Day.

Chive pancake canape recipe

© Canapés

If you really want to impress your date this Valentine's Day, go for the whole shebang and start the evening off with cocktails and canapés. These easy to make (and totally delicious) recipes should do the trick...

Click on the pictures for the step-by-step instructions.

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Everyone loves cheese and everyone loves deep fried food. Combine them together and you're on to a winner.

Jun Tanaka King Prawn Canapes


KING PRAWN CANAPÉS WITH MANGO AND CHILLI RECIPE

Pile all the ingredients onto a fork so your lucky man can stuff the whole lot in his gob. He'll be on cloud nine.

asian beef Filo tartlets

© Canapés



FILO TARTLETS WITH ASIAN BEEF SALAD RECIPE

These little mouthfuls pack a punch with lime, chilli, mint and sesame seeds.

Chive pancake canape recipe

© Canapés



CHIVE PANCAKES WITH CRÈME FRAÎCHE CANAPÉS RECIPE

Stack mini pancakes with a tempting mix of onions, chives and crème fraîche if you really want to impress your dinner guest.

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GOATS CHEESE, GRAPE AND WALNUT BRUSCHETTE RECIPE

Keep things simple with flavoursome ingredients loaded on warm bruschetta.

Monkfish canapes

© Canapés



MONKFISH, PANCETTA, AND ROSEMARY SPIEDINI WITH LEMON AIOLI RECIPE

Pop these tasty fish parcels on the table and watch the compliments roll in.

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PRAWN WONTON PARCELS RECIPE

These lovely little treats aren't as tricky to make as you might think...but you don't have to tell him that.

Mango and tomato soup from Cinnamon Kitchen

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CHILLED GREEN MANGO AND TOMATO SOUP RECIPE

A little shot of this sweet and spicy soup is a great way to wake up your palate.

Brown's hotel razor clams

© Brown's Hotel



RAZOR CLAMS WITH WILD BOAR BACON & GARLIC RECIPE

Bacon, garlic, shellfish, wine, butter...that's all our favourite things on one plate.

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall trout watercress and spelt salad

© Photography by Simon Wheeler 2012



TROUT, WATERCRESS AND SPELT SALAD RECIPE

Start your romantic meal off with this tasty salad recipe that's full of superfood ingredients.

Tom Aikens onion and bacon brioche


TOM AIKENS ONION & BACON BRIOCHE RECIPE

Slap some butter on this delicious onion and bacon bread or smoother it in pâté for a delicious starter.

Fish goujons

© Canapés



CLASSIC FISH GOUJONS RECIPE

If he's more of a beer and burger kinda' guy he'll probably love these classic nibbles.

Roux at the langham lobster rolls

© Roux at The Langham



POSH LOBSTER IN NOT-SO-POSH HOT DOG BUNS RECIPE

Shake things up with a lobster and bread combo. Don't ask us why, but it just works.


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Red berry Daiquiri

© Havana Club



RED BERRY DAIQUIRI RECIPE

Combine rum with some frozen berries to create this deliciously simple tipple.

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