Host a Galentine's Day Brunch-for-Dinner Party with the Food Network Kitchen App

Because who can resist a day devoted to waffles and love?

February 07, 2020
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This year marks my first time celebrating Galentine’s Day and I couldn’t be more excited! For those of you who are new to the holiday, allow me to quickly explain. Inspired by Amy Poehler’s fictional Parks and Recreation character, Leslie Knope, Galentine’s Day takes place on February 13th and is all about waffles and friendship.

So naturally, it being my first and all, I want to give my gal pals a special experience we can all enjoy together. I knew I wanted to avoid overcrowded restaurants and have opted for us to spend a fabulous night at home instead, complete with a brunch-inspired, breakfast-for-dinner feast and a few hands-on cooking classes from the Food Network Kitchen app.

If you choose to celebrate on February 13th like we are, follow my lead and ask all your guests to wear pajamas to create a sleepover-like atmosphere. If you're hosting brunch on February 15th or 16th, we vote for a red and pink dress code!

Here's everything we'll be whipping up on Galentine's Day with the help of the Food Network Kitchen app.

My friends know that if we’re getting together as a group, dessert better be included. Not only will these red velvet napoleons satisfy my massive sweet tooth, the bright red hue makes them the perfect dish for adding an Instagram-worthy touch to any Galentine’s Day spread. You can bake the puff pastry layers ahead of time and leave all the pipping, topping and assembling to your guests for a night of DIY fun.

Amanda Freitag's Sweet Hot Fried Chicken and Waffles, as seen on Food Network Kitchen.

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Lauren Volo

In the words of Leslie Knope,"Why would anyone ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” Why, indeed?! A staple of Galentine’s Day celebrations, waffles are a no-brainer. To give them a bit more oomph, I’m going to take a page from Amanda Frietag’s book and pair them with crispy, crunchy fried chicken. I’m also asking one of my friends to make the maple-honey glaze at her house and bring it along with her to save some time; according to Amanda, making the glaze first is super important because it needs to “steep and get infused with all the spices” including chili powder, paprika and cayenne. We can then all take turns using my waffle iron to make the perfect fluffy rounds.

Pancake Bread

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Teri Lyn Fisher

The best thing about this delectable bread is that it combines everything you know and love about a pancake — fluffy texture, golden color, maple syrup — in the form of an easily shareable and sliceable pound cake. It also keeps well in the freezer, so if you’re hosting your squad after work like I will be, you (or one of your girlfriends) can easily make it a night or two before and reheat it in a toaster on the day of your celebration.

If your bffs are fans of brunch staples like sausage, eggs and hash browns like mine are, you’ll want to add this all-in-one frittata to your Galentine’s Day menu. I'll be asking each of my friends to bring a different ingredient along and am planning on having each of us tackle a different task for putting the frittata together, like browning the sausage, cooking the hash browns, and prepping the fire-roasted salsa.

Mix _ Match_ Sangria

Mix _ Match_ Sangria

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Levi Brown

No brunch or breakfast-for-dinner feast is complete without a boozy beverage. Along with standard mimosas and bellinis, I'll be serving a big batch of this one-of-a-kind sangria from Food Network Magazine at my G-Day gathering. I'll be pairing rosé, berry liquer, chopped strawberries and pomegranate juice together to create a signature pink-drink of my very own. It's sure to get everyone in the mood for food!

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