Food for Thought: Valentine's Brunching with Little Munchies FB Live Recipes

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

Valentines Day is coming up! Make this themed recipes for a fun and delicious brunch with your loved ones. As we all know... food is a love language for many people and a way to the heart.


Red Valentine's Spaghetti Pancakes

1 condiment bottle
1 Non-stick pan

1 and 3/4 cups Pancake mix Trader Joe's Buttermilk
1 egg
1 cup water
Maple syrup
Sprinkles (optional)
Powdered sugar
Red Food coloring

Prepare the pancake batter per box instructions (I mixed the baking mix, egg and water and whisk until well incorporated). Add red food coloring to the batter until desired color.

Pour the pancake batter into a condiment bottle using a funnel. You can also use a ziplock bag and cut an opening to pour the batter into the skillet.

Spray oil on a non-stick skillet over low heat. Pour the batter in thin strips until you fill the skillet. Cook them on low for about one minute, flip them with a silicone tong and cook for another 30 seconds on the other side or until golden brown.

Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup and add sprinkles. Enjoy!

Heart Shaped Soft Pretzels with Pink Salt

Servings: 15 (may vary depending on size)

1.5 cups warm water
1 packet active yeast (2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
4 – 4.5 cups flour (I used a 50/50 mix of whole wheat and all purpose for more bite)
1 large egg
⅓ cup baking soda
3 cups warm water
Coarse sea salt for sprinkling, either Hawaiian red salt or Himalayan pink salt (you can find these at upscale markets and most Whole Foods)

1 egg

Or just buy pizza dough and skip step 2


  1. Preheat oven to 450F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Dissolve yeast in warm water using a wooden spoon. Stir in salt and sugar.  Slowly add flour, 1 cup at a time, while mixing with a wooden spoon.  Add enough flour so the dough is no longer sticky. Shape into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  3. Grease a large baking sheet. Punch the dough to deflate it, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Roll and stretch each piece with the palms of your hands into a 30-inch rope, holding the ends and slapping the middle of the rope on the counter as you stretch. Twist each rope into a pretzel heart shape.

  4. Dissolve the baking soda in 3 cups warm water in a shallow dish. Gently dip each pretzel in the soda solution, brush with egg wash then arrange on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.



Valentine's Toad in the Hole with Heart Shaped Breakfast Sausage

2 slices white OR whole wheat bread
2 tsp. olive oil
2 eggs
Salt and pepper

Cut out center of each bread slice, using a 2.5 to 3 inch heart, round or other shape cutter; reserve cut-outs. Coat a large nonstick skillet lightly with oil.

Toast bread slices and cut-outs on one side in the skillet over medium-low heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Turn bread pieces over.

Break and slip an egg into center of each bread slice. Cover pan and cook slowly until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard, 5 to 6 minutes.

Season eggs with salt and pepper and serve immediately with cut-outs.

Breakfast Sausage Recipe

½ lb. bulk breakfast sausage (not in casings)

Preheat oven to 425° degrees.

Roll out the sausage between two parchment papers to keep it from sticking, about ¼- ½ inch thick.

Using a 2 inch heart cut out, cut out your shapes and place the whole thing on the cookie sheet.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until done. Remove and allow to cool. Recut your shapes and serve.

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