Dare we mention that Valentine's Day falls on a weekday one more time? But really, it's on a Wednesday, smack-dab in the middle of the week, so Valentine's Day breakfast ideas are surely something worth considering. And even if you sleep through your early alarms that day, you can always do a romantic brunch in bed that weekend—with the ultimate menu, that is.
You see, Valentine's Day is one of those occasions that require a little extra effort to show your S.O. you care. But we know you're busy (and it is very close to Super Bowl), so we figured we would make things easy for you. We've created a top-notch menu that covers everything: what to sip on, what to pick on, and what to indulge in for your entrée. When paired with your dessert of choice, there's no way you can go wrong. Also worth noting: This extravaganza of food can be enjoyed solo if you're not paired up this year (which is what I'll be doing). Below, find the top Valentine's Day brunch ideas worth checking out. Here's to a day filled with love, no matter how you choose to celebrate.
TO SIP ON
Winter Bourbon Smash
A just-sweet-enough cocktail made with seasonal jam? Pretty genius. This recipe calls for raspberry, but you can technically sub in your (or your partner's) favorite preserves. Simply shake up the fruit, bourbon, triple sec, and orange juice, and add as much club soda as you desire. Top with an orange slice for some citrus flavor, and you're golden.
Rose Lemon Spritzer
If you don't feel like drinking—or are heading into a morning meeting afterward—you can always try a refreshing mocktail like this rose lemon spritzer. The fresh rose garnish is very Valentine's Day, especially since the drink contains rose water, too. Other ingredients include lemon juice, a bit of honey for sweetness, a hint of blood orange juice, and sparkling water. Don't forget to use the extra rose petals in the tub later in the day.
TO PICK ON
Blueberry Lemon Loaf
Whip up this blueberry lemon loaf the night before so you have something to pick on with your coffee while the main is cooking. The lemon zest adds a bit of zing to balance out the sugar and vanilla extract, while sour cream adds a certain fluffiness. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar for a bit of crunch in every bite.
TO DINE ON
Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes
If you're looking for a super-decadent main for Valentine's Day, these buttermilk ricotta pancakes and maple candied bacon will do it. As for the pancakes, your everyday version is fancied up with egg whites, ricotta cheese, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. All you need is a bit of maple syrup over the top since it's already so rich. And speaking of maple syrup, mix some with cayenne pepper and brown sugar to make candied bacon.
Roasted Broccolini, Bacon, and Caramelized Shallot Quiche
A quiche is a great savory option, and it can easily be made in advance and reheated in the morning (easy is key). Bacon grease potatoes, baby broccoli, and Gruyère meld together for a filling that's as tasty as it is satisfying. Yes, you can make your own quiche crust, but we also won't tell if you opt for a premade version.
Shakshuka Eggs in Tomato Sauce With Swiss Chard Pesto
This is easily the healthiest entrée option (and yes, it's paleo). The traditional Mediterranean dish of eggs in a spicy tomato sauce is updated with swiss chard pesto, capers, olives, and feta cheese. It's especially perfect for V-Day since it cooks up two servings right in your skillet. Now, go break some pita, and eat up.