Galentine's Day Recipe Ideas

Whether you’re single or just want to spend a day celebrating your best gals, here’s what to make.

February 11, 2020
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Sure, Valentine’s Day is about spending time — and ideally a good meal — with the one you love. But if your one true love is your group of favorite gal pals, Galentine’s Day is the time for you. Brought to us by the great Leslie Knope, it’s a day to shower everyone with compliments, gifts and food. Ready to take it on for yourself? Below, check out some ideas for a brunch menu, with ideas for the best things to send home with your gal(entine)s in their goodie bags.

Start with a Sassy Pink Cocktail

Tune into the Food Network Kitchen app to learn the tricks to the Arinato, a bold, lively mezcal-grapefruit cocktail that isn’t just any pretty pink sip. This vibrant chartreuse-fortified cocktail can be easily batched for a crowd. You can even decorate a pitcher with DIY heart decor.

Make Sure Your Friends Know They Mean Everything to You

Another great make-ahead crowd pleaser is Bobby Flay’s Everything-Bagel Strata with Caper Relish and Smoked Salmon, which has cream cheese baked right into the egg custard! Bobby says to cut these into bagel-like circles, but they definitely could be cut like hearts. For a great cook-along, head to the Food Network Kitchen app for Alexandra Utter’s Bagel Breakfast Casserole class.

Get to the Heart of the Batter with Red Velvet Pancakes

For your friends who like things a little sweeter, chocolatey red-velvet pancakes are the most-festive brunch item you can make for your Valentines or your galentines. If you really want to impress, you can fry eggs in a heart-shaped cookie cutter to serve alongside them.

Show You’re a Berry Good Friend

Get the parfait partay started with this Berries Romanoff Parfait, which adds orange zest and a little espresso to amp up the flavor. You can assemble in advance or set it up like a bar with some of your favorite granola and a mix of berries for people to make their own.

Share the Love with Compliments on Cookies!

Yes, this is a brunch party, but that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be dessert. Take turns writing sweet messages to your friends on Almost-Famous Conversation Heart Cookies — just bake and ice them in advance, then have food-safe decorating pens to write on them throughout the shindig. Buy candies to let them know you’re sweet on them, and set up crafts areas for people to take with them. Just because they leave your house doesn’t mean the love has to stop.

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