A Romantic Breakfast for Two
Some people boycott Valentine’s Day as a commercialized holiday spearheaded by Hallmark and Hershey's to boost sales. Despite the history of the holiday, which has its origins long before either company was around, there is definitely a protocol for the holiday that can seem a bit stale: flowers, chocolate, cards, dinner for two at a swanky restaurant.
For the skeptics out there, there are plenty of opportunities to get creative with the holiday and show your lover they are worth the effort of something different.
How about a Valentine’s Day breakfast for two? Traditional bacon and eggs get a romantic makeover in this recipe.
And instead of greeting cards, get each other unadorned coffee mugs and inscribe them in Sharpie with love notes. Present the mugs to each other on Valentine’s Day morning and look back on them anytime you need a reminder of your love for each other. For a sweet surprise for the one who will be preparing breakfast, draw little hearts or notes Sharpie on the eggs. The possibilities for customization are endless.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Wishing you a day full of appreciation and affection—and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary and thyme
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Fresh parmesan cheese, shredded
4 strips bacon
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon fresh rosemary
Fresh baby spinach
Grape tomatoes, halved
Preheat the oven to 375°. Coat a muffin pan with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add herbs, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture into about 4 cups of the muffin pan—each cup should hold approximately one egg and should be ¾ full. Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan on top of each.
Roll strips of bacon into small bud shapes. Place the bacon buds into the remaining cups of the muffin pan.
Bake 20 minutes or until the eggs have firmed up. The bacon will need to cook for slightly longer, about 30 minutes.
While the eggs and bacon are cooking, mix all the ingredients of the sauce together in a small ramekin.
When eggs are done, pop them out of the pan and cut them into hearts with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Set eggs atop a bed of spinach and diced tomatoes, and drizzle with the dressing. Place bacon buds around the edge of the plate.
Pour some coffee or orange juice, and enjoy your breakfast together!