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2.07.2017

Heart Everything: Heart-Shaped Food for Every Valentine's Day Meal

 
I am getting into the Valentine's Day spirit this month something fierce!  I think my recent obsession with pink in my wardrobe combined with all the festive inspiration on Pinterest has me really feeling the love. 
 
I have noticed that something can become immediately more romantic when shaped like a heart, so in today's post, I am highlighting some easy heart-shaped food items that you can make for any and all of your Valentine's Day meals.  For more Valentine's Day food and cooking inspiration, check out this post with three Valentine's Day dinner menu ideas, but today's post is dedicated to #hearteverything.  Just like #pumpkineverything in the fall, why not show the love with #hearteverything for Valentine's Day?
 
Breakfast
 
 
Breakfast and dessert seem to be the easiest meals to incorporate heart shapes.  Here are several ideas for heart-shaped breakfasts.
 

 
 
First, a can of ready-to-bake, store-bought cinnamon rolls can transform into heart cinnamon rolls.  Just deconstruct them a bit by slightly unrolling them, then rolling that piece into one of the mounds of a heart.  Pinch the bottom to create a point, and place them into a baking pan with room to expand. 
 
 

Nothing says love like bacon shaped like a heart!  To make heart-shaped bacon, it is easier to bake them than fry them.  Baking is a slower process, but allows the shape to set better than pan-frying.  To do this, I layer a wire rack over a foil-lined baking sheet.  I twist each piece of bacon in the center (this becomes the bottom point of the heart), then fold the two ends up on top, meeting in the middle of the heart.  I place the pieces of bacon on top of the wire rack, and bake at 375-400 degrees, checking every 10 minutes until they have reached desired crispness. 


In the photo above, I took the bacon a romantic step further by coating them in cinnamon and sugar before baking.  The topping I used is this Cinnamon Bacon recipe from Allrecipes.

 
For some other heart-shaped breakfast ideas, all you need is a decent heart-shaped cookie cutter.  I particularly like these Wilton ones on Amazon (disclosure: this is an affiliate link, which means I receive commission from Amazon if you make a purchase using the link).
 

To make heart-shaped eggs, spray the inside of the cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray, and crack an egg inside. 


When the edges of the egg look solid, you can carefully remove the cookie cutter (please wear an oven mitt or protect your hands, as the metal cookie cutters will be hot!).

 
Then, continue to fry the eggs until they have reached your desired doneness.
 
 
You can use the same strategy for heart pancakes!  I love this Fast and Easy Pancakes recipe from Allrecipes, but it will work with your favorite recipe (or with pancake mix) as well.  Remember to spray the inside of the cookie cutter with cooking spray before pouring in the batter, and use only a thin layer of batter, as they puff up.  When the edges seem dry, you can carefully remove the cookie cutter, and flip the pancake.  Flip gently to preserve the heart shape. 
 
 
If you want to add a little more festivity, use red sugar sprinkles and butter instead of syrup and butter.  
 
 
This one is soooo easy.  Make an egg-in-a-hole, but make the hole with a heart cookie cutter.  You can then toast up the part you cut out with a little butter to make some cute heart toast on the side.  
 

The kids get such a kick out of heart-shaped food!


Lunch


This super simple lunch is equally as simple to turn into a heart.  Make a quesadilla, and use a cookie cutter to cut it into hearts.  Topping it with some red pico de gallo salsa makes it especially pretty.


Dinner

 
If you can make a quesadilla into hearts, you can do it with pizza too!  I made this BLT Pizza recipe from Allrecipes, then transformed it into an adorable Valentine's Day-inspired dinner in just one extra step.
 
 
This Wilton comfort-grip heart cookie cutter is the perfect size for slicing a decent-sized heart slice of pizza (disclosure: this is an affiliate link, which means I receive commission from Amazon if you make a purchase using the link).  No need to worry about waste; the leftover bits of pizza between the hearts are great for anyone in the family to snack on too!
 

The tomatoes and bacon in this recipe give the heart a pretty red tone.


Dessert


Cookies, brownies, and bars can all be cut into hearts with a cookie cutter.  But I tried something a little different by using peanut butter cookies instead.  I made this Classic Peanut Butter Cookies recipe from Allrecipes, and shaped the balls of dough into heart-like balls before using a fork to smash them down to form the two angles of the heart.  Tip: make sure to leave plenty of space between them on the cookie sheet, otherwise your hearts will run together. 


The kid loved these ones too!
 

I have a feeling these will not be the last heart-shaped things I make between now and Valentine's Day... if you are feeling the spirit too, make sure to pin these ideas and share this post!  These are all super easy ways to make your V. Day a little more fun and fabulous. 

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