Maybe sweets aren’t your thing or you’ve already stocked up on some chocolates from the store but you still want to show how much you care. Well we’ve got you covered with 10 of our favourite savoury hearts that you might not normally expect. Dinner is served…
If pancakes weren’t enough to satisfy your appetite another breakfast favourite is fried eggs. All you need is a pancake ring (like those mentioned in our sweet ideas) and the rest is all technique. Make sure you hold the ring flush against the pan and go ahead and crack your egg into it. Cook as usual and serve over toast.
Whether it’s a treat for your kids or just a cute idea to surprise your lover at lunch, by using your cookie cutter on the sandwich of your choice, you’ll have perfect ready-to-eat hearts in minutes. (Hint: Try cutting out a heart from the centre of one slice of bread and filling it with PB&J, place you heart-less bread on top of the jam and you’ll have a red heart peeking through).
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and decide to make your own pizza for Valentine’s Day all you need to do is reshape the dough into a heart before topping and cooking. But if you’re looking for a quick fix, head down to your local Papa John’s who feature heart shaped pizza specials for the special day.
4. “Sweethearts” Pie
Nearly everybody loves Shepherds Pie but what if you’ve got it in a heart – well that’s when it becomes “sweethearts” pie. Make as usual but bake in your heart shaped tin and you’ll soon have a dinner where the presentation will “WOW” your guest just as much as your fantastic cooking skills. (And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a few drops of red food colouring to your mashed potato topping. It might look a bit weird but it tastes the same).
Once again we’ve found another use for your baking tin. Make your favourite quiche, put it in the heart shaped tin, bake in the oven and bring the tin to the table. After presenting your beautiful heart shaped quiche, dish it out and dig in.
Similar to the egg mentioned above use your pancake ring, press firmly against the frying pan and pour your omelette mix in. Keep holding the ring firmly against the pan until the egg is set otherwise you heart might start to run. Serve according to your liking and there you go, your omelette just got a bit more interesting.
Just like our quiche and “sweethearts” pie, this is another interesting way to use your baking tin and lasagne is a great meal to make for a candle-lit dinner.
Whether you got them at the store or you’ve decided to make your own, you can make some heart shaped burgers to give the traditional take-out food a homemade twist. (If using frozen burgers, cook them first and then use a heart shaped cookie cutter to get your perfect heart shape. If making your own, press the burger meat into the cutter to get the shape before cooking.)
9. Cheese and Crackers
Wine and cheese are an age-old favourite and are one of the quickest and easiest ways to bring a little more love into your meal. Cut your cheese into heart shapes with your smallest cookie cutter. Serve as a snack or as an appetizer on crackers with some savoury jelly on the side (I’m a big fan of jalapeño).
If you’re having your loved one over for dinner, why not make an evening of it and cook together? Sushi is a great food to make with someone else and while it might take a bit of work to get it right, the challenge is half the fun. Once you’ve mastered the art of getting your sushi into a roll, mould it with your hands into a heart shape. Cut into individual pieces, sit back and enjoy.