I love the idea of making holiday foods for my family. It’s the execution of such ideas that often get lost in the day to day rush of my life. It would be so cool if I got up early on Halloween and made jack-o-lantern pancakes or if I made 100 layer red, white and blue jell-o on the Fourth of July. The reality, however, it that most of those cutsie holiday foods take a ton of forethought and often don’t turn out as well as the pictures on Pinterest, magazines and other blogs. I know that I will never be able to get a strawberry to look like Santa Claus. Even my brilliant idea to bake bacon in heart shapes and then cook eggs inside them turned into a bacon fritatta with Impressionistic hearts. If you squint really hard while tilting your head at a 45 degree angle and stand on one foot, you can imagine that those are all hearts.
So I am here to give you some quick ideas for Valentine’s that actually work.
1. Make heart shaped, individual pizzas. My family’s favorite pizza recipe is HERE. Simply halve the recipe, divide the dough into 6 balls and shape them into free form hearts. Cut pepperoni or ham into hearts by folding them in half and snipping/cutting them. You don’t need to add the meat. Cheese pizza is still king with some of my kids. Reduce the bake time by 2 minutes because then are smaller (unless you make them really thick).2. Make heart shaped hamburgers or sandwiches. Simply cut the buns (cheese, and burgers) into a heart. It doesn’t matter if they are perfect. Kids recognize the effort and still think lopsided hearts are cool, even teenagers. This works great for peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese sandwiches, too.3. As for the bacon and eggs, in the future, I would nix the idea of filling the bacon hearts with eggs. Simply fold over two pieces of bacon into the shape of hearts. Bake them on a wire rack set into a rimmed baking sheet at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Then make the eggs on the side.
Do you have any simple Valentine’s dinner ideas? I’d love to hear them!