Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Keep scrolling for some fun Valentine’s Day Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks!
Valentine’s Day Breakfast
Heart Shaped Pancakes
Prepare attached buttermilk pancake recipe, and when ready to cook, fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain round tip with batter; twist end of bag, and secure with a rubber band. Working in batches, pipe heart shapes on heated griddle. When pancakes have bubbles on top and are slightly dry around the edges, about 2 minutes, flip over. Cook until golden on the bottom, about 1 minute.
Instead of using a cup or a circle cookie cutter, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make hearts in the center of bread for eggs.
Brown Sugar Bacon Hearts
Cut slices of thick sliced bacon in half, and form the two halves together into a heart shape, making sure they overlap generously as the bacon will shrink upon baking. Lightly sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for about 10 minutes, or until done.*
Strawberry Yogurt Parfait
Cut strawberries into hearts by cutting a v shape into the top of strawberry, removing the stem and core. Slice strawberry into thin heart shapes. Top parfaits with heart shaped strawberries.
Cinnamon Roll Hearts
With store-bought cinnamon rolls, carefully unwind each roll into long strip of dough, leaving center coiled. Coil the unrolled end of each strip in toward center, making two equal coils. Pull middle of strip down to make a point, forming heart shape; pinch point. Place in pan, points toward center. Bake according to package directions.
Valentine’s Day Lunch
Heart Shaped Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
Use a large heart shaped cookie cutter and cut bread into hearts. Assemble grilled cheese and cook as you normally would.
Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut fresh cheeses and lunch meats and cut strawberries into hearts to serve along side.
This can be served as a fancy lunch or as a side dish to dinner. Using a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut a log of mozzarella slices into heart shapes. In a shallow casserole dish, or in a deep rectangle plate, arrange slices of tomatoes, mozzarella hearts and basil vertically, in an alternating pattern until dish is filled. Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes, mozzarella and basil and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the salad. To make balsamic glaze, bring 1.5 cups of balsamic vinegar to a boil, and then reduce heat and let simmer 15 minutes. Let cool before using.
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Fold soft flour tortillas in half, and using kitchen sheers, cut half hearts into folded side of tortilla. Open for a perfect even heart. Place tortilla on top of stack of other tortillas, and use a pairing knife to cut remaining tortillas into hearts. Top half of tortillas with shredded cheese and 1 tsp taco seasoning and place other half of tortillas on top. Working in batches, heat 1 tbsp butter until shimmering in a non-stick pan and cook each quesadilla for 1-2 minutes on each side – until tortilla is brown and crispy and cheese is melted. Keep cooked quesadillas warm in a preheated 250 degree oven while cooking remaining quesadillas.
Surf & Turf for Two
This is the ultimate romanic meal to make at home on Valentine’s Day, and best yet, it’s really simple to prepare, and doesn’t take long to cook. Plus the herb oil can be made ahead of time, saving you time on Valentine’s Day night.
For the Herb Oil:
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
For the Surf and Turf:
6-8 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails intact)
6-8 slices pancetta
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of ½ lemon
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
Freshly ground pepper
2, 8 oz beef tenderloin filets
1 ½ tsp salt
1 bunch asparagus
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Make the herb oil: Pulse the parsley, chives and olive oil in a mini food processor until smooth. Thin with water, if necessary, and add 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Transfer to a small bowl, cover and set aside.
Meanwhile, toss the shrimp, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, chopped thyme, and pepper to taste in a bowl. Wrap each shrimp with a piece of pancetta. Preheat the broiler. Arrange the shrimp on a foil-lined broiler pan. Season the beef with sea salt and pepper, press the thyme sprigs into the meat and set aside.
Heat a medium ovenproof skillet over high heat and add the butter. When the foam subsides, sear the beef until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Using tongs, hold the meat and brown the sides. Transfer the skillet to the broiler and cook until a thermometer inserted into the beef registers 125 degrees F for medium rare, about 4 more minutes. Transfer to a cutting board to rest while you cook the shrimp.
Broil the shrimp until the pancetta is crisp, about 2 minutes per side. Meanwhile, microwave the asparagus until tender, about 2 minutes.
Serve immediately with the shrimp, herb oil and asparagus.
Heart Shaped Pizza
Heart Shaped Pizza is the perfect family meal for Valentine’s Day. Follow the instructions for Homemade Pizza, and shape dough into a heart instead of a circle. To take it to the next level, use a small heart shaped cookie cutter, and cut the pepperoni into heart shapes. This is a great task for kids to help with.
I love this recipe. Fill crescent rolls with pizza ingredients and shape into a heart. Click on the picture for full recipe directions.
Valentine’s Day Snacks
Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow
6 cups rice or corn chex cereal, divided in half
1 cup white chocolate
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup nutella
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup strawberry cake mix
1 cup pink and red m&m’s
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate chips, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth. Add in half of cereal and lightly stir to evenly coat.
Add the strawberry cake mix to the white chocolate covered cereal and lightly stir to completely cover. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment to dry.
In a second large microwave safe bowl, melt milk chocolate and nutella, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth. Add in remaining cereal, and repeat same process with powdered sugar, evenly coating all cereal.
Allow each to dry completely and then combine together with M&M’s.
Click the picture below for another Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow recipe!