Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Food is easy to make and kids will love that you took the time to make a special treat for the holiday.
Why not make everything heart shaped from breakfast to dinner and all snacks in between? Invest in several sizes of heart shaped cookie cutters and go to town making heart shaped food with them. Make it a heart-felt day of love for the family.
- A heart shaped breakfast is very easy and you can do it in several different ways. Make pancakes and either cut them with cookie cutters or place a heavy cookie cutter in the skillet and pour the batter into it. Leave it on while it cooks and once the pancake is ready to turn, remove the cookie cutter and flip it. This only works with a fairly heavy metal cookie cutter. The batter will easily flow out of the boundaries with an aluminum one, and never use a plastic cookie cutter because it will melt. French toast is another good breakfast item to cut into heart shapes when it is done.
- Shape a strip of bacon in a heart when you lay it on a cooking pan with edges. Put it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes or until it is cooked through. The bacon will keep its heart shape while it is drained and served.
- An old recipe called “Birds Nest or Egg-in-the-hole” can be adapted for a heart shape. Usually, you just tear a hole in some bread, butter both sides, brown one side and flip, and break an egg letting it go into the hole. While you fry it the egg becomes cooked and you serve it inside the slice of bread over easy. To make a heart shaped version, cut a small heart in the center of the bread after buttering both sides. Lightly toast one side and flip the bread over. Separate the egg white from the egg and pour the egg white first into the heart shaped hole. Once it hardens a bit from cooking, put the yolk on top without breaking it. Fry until it starts to cook. You can flip the whole thing over if the kids like a slightly less runny egg, or just wait until the yolk cooks and serve it up.
- Heart-shaped sandwiches are fun for the kids to make and eat. Make peanut butter, baloney or any favorite sandwich and cut it with a big heart-shaped cookie cutter. You can also cut it into a heart with a knife. The two lobes of the heart are at the top of the crust where the cut is usually placed in bread to make a little “v” shape. Just cut the slice on either side of that “V” shape in a triangle to make the heart.
- Make heart shaped pizza by using refrigerated pizza dough. Instead of shaping it into a circle, shape it into a heart. Put pizza sauce on it and spread with cheese. You can make big pizzas or little, individual ones. Go a little further by cutting round pepperoni into heart shapes and putting it on the pizza.
- Cut little cheese slices into hearts with a knife or small cookie cutter and serve them on round crackers.
- Make a batch of finger Jell-O in red and cut them out with a small heart shaped cookie cutter.
- Make your family’s favorite meat loaf. After letting it cool a few minutes after removing from the oven, cut into slices and then cut those slices into heart shapes by hand or using a large cookie cutter.
- Make spaghetti and put the pasta into a serving bowl. Place a heart shaped cookie cutter over top and pour the sauce in. Make sure the sauce is pretty thick so that it won’t run and ruin the heart shape.
- Chicken and Biscuits are a family favorate. Instead of making regular biscuits, cut them out with a heart shaped cookie cutter and enjoy.
- Rice cereal squares are a snap to make with marshmallow and butter. Make them red with some food coloring, allergies permitting, and put some raisins, M & M’s or chocolate chips in the mix. Press them into a heart shaped baking form, candy form, or just flatten them onto a jelly roll pan and when they cool, cut them into hearts with a cookie cutter.
- Brownies also lend themselves well to heart shapes. Just bake up a batch and cut them out with cookie cutters. Serve them alone or with a scoop of ice cream and sliced strawberries.
- Make strawberry shortcake with baking powder biscuits formed into hearts. Strawberries, cut in half have a heart shape all on their own.
Enjoy Valentine’s Day with heart shaped food from breakfast to dinner. Allow the kids in the family to try and think up more ideas on food that can be formed into hearts.