Love is in the air! And so it is the smell of chocolate, roses, sweat and tears. You know the drill for Valentine’s; lots of line ups at restaurants, crazy overpriced dinners, flowers that are just as expensive as diamonds, and the list goes on. Let’s face it, there’s stress to be had…unless you take charge and do it your way!

This inspo post / mini recipe is to help you come up with a very easy (seriously, go to the store, and cook a couple things) yet awesome and delicious way to spend Valentine’s with your heart-mate or your buddies (singles party anyone?). I call it a modern board because it doesn’t have your usual staples such as olives and crackers, instead, I was inspired by all of the pink hues of V-day and decided to make some hibiscus pickled deviled eggs (so cute!), quince jelly and pistachio mini toasts, warm figs, marbled port wine cheese, and a couple cured meats. The color scheme has to be tight! (think pinks and purples)

I think this board is perfect to snack while chatting and getting into the mood (or bitching/celebrating about single life), hence the name, Love Bites! And trust me, these nibbles will overshadow any type of roses and romantic, overpriced dinners.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Gab Recipe — Love Bites

Gab Recipe — Love Bites

Love Bites:
Serves 4 (or 2 very hungry lovers)

For the hibiscus pickled deviled eggs:

    1 ½ cups water
    2 tbsp loose hibiscus tea (or 2 little tea bags)
    1 tsp chili flakes
    1 tbsp sea salt
    ½ cup apple cider vinegar
    1 tsp brown sugar
    4 eggs, boiled
    ¼ cup mayo
    ½ tsp turmeric
    1 tbsp beet puree (optional, only if you want pink ones)
    Salt and pepper to taste

For the board:

    Marbled port cheese
    Figs
    Melba toast
    Quince jelly
    Pistachios
    Sliced spicy capocollo
    Serrano ham
    Head cheese (if you’re not into it, skip it or sub for more cured meat)

Gab Recipe — Love Bites

Gab Recipe — Love Bites

Instructions:

    1. Brew the hibiscus tea in the 1 ½ cups of water. Strain tea and cool down. Add all of the other ingredients except for the eggs. Stir to combine, then add the boiled eggs and pickle for 1-3 hours (the longer they stay in the brine the more intense they’ll be) For a subtle pickle taste I’d say an hour max.
    2. Remove from the brine, cut open, scoop out the egg yolk, add the mayo and mush it until smooth. If you want to make some pink and some yellow then divide the egg yolk mix and add turmeric to half of it, and beets to the other, otherwise just choose one color. Make sure your coloring agent is well mixed, season with salt and pepper, then place in a piping bag (you can choose any tip you want or no tip at all).
    3. Pipe the egg yolk mix back into the pickled egg whites and garnish with chives.
    4. Assemble the rest of the board by adding the rest of the ingredients

Serve at room temp with your favorite drink!

Gab Recipe — Love Bites

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