Heart-Shaped Foods for Valentine's Day

A big box of chocolates is all well and good, but nothing says "I love you" quite like a breakfast of heart-shaped bacon with eggs served in bed, or a slice of pizza with love baked into each slice. Here are 10 delicious ways to show you care. 

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Eat Your Heart Out

If the way to someone's heart is through his or her stomach, these made-with-love foods cut right to the chase. Trust us, one look at these heart-shaped foods will set your valentine's own heart aflutter.

Don't Go Bacon My Heart

Start your Valentine's Day off the right way with your sweetie's other true love: bacon. Fold strips into hearts on a baking sheet (inset with a rack if you have one) and bake at 400 degrees F until crisp.

The Heart of the Batter

These heart-shaped hotcakes take breakfast in bed to a new level. Think of a squeeze bottle filled with batter as your kitchen paintbrush: Squirt a heart outline on a hot griddle, let it start to set, and then flood it with more batter for charming less-than-perfect hotcakes.

Take a Pizza My Heart

A pair of scissors is the only tool you need to cut presliced pepperoni into hearts. Use them to dress up a frozen pie, or go all out and make homemade pizza, shaping the dough into a big heart, too.

Cross-My-Heart Cinnamon Twists

Shape ropes of puff pastry or pizza dough into hearts; brush with egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before baking. Go over the top with a dipping sauce of warmed chocolate syrup or lavender honey.

Egg-in-a-Heart

To upgrade the brunch classic, use a cookie cutter to punch out hearts instead of circles from buttered slices of bread. Fry up the crust pieces, adding eggs to the holes after flipping. Serve the cut-out hearts alongside as "soldiers" for dipping into the yolks. 

Sealed with a Shrimp

For those with a savory bent, two shrimp arranged kissing with curved-sides out make a you-know-what. (Use jumbo if you're feeling fancy.)

Hot Date Cheese Plate

Use a mini heart cutter to shape cheddar, Havarti or other semi-firm cheeses into cute little tokens of affection that will appeal to both adults and the toddler set. 

Home Is Where the Pork Is

Nothing says "I love you" like a home-cooked meal. Butterfly a boneless pork chop or chicken breast and you have a lean, good-for-you main that's fit for the dinner plate of that special someone.

For the Love of Fruit

A strawberry with shapely "shoulders" becomes a pink and red heart when you slice it in half lengthwise (cut out a notch at the stem on less-rotund fruit). Use as a cheerful topper for cupcakes, oatmeal and waffles. 

Heartbeats and Cereal Treats

Toss in a handful of cranberries, freeze-dried strawberries or pink sprinkles to dress up your standard treat mix. Coating a heart-shaped cookie cutter with nonstick spray makes cutting bars from the pan easy.

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