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Cook Up a Romantic Valentine’s Day with These Recipes

Posted On February 5, 2020

Cook Up a Romantic Valentine’s Day with These Recipes

Love is in the air, but that doesn’t mean you have to go spend a lot of money to have a delicious, romantic meal. Go beyond the traditional box of chocolates and bouquet of flowers and cook for your loved one instead. Show your significant other how much he or she means to you with a meal for two. Start the day off with breakfast in bed, then move to a candlelit dinner and dessert. The time and love you put into the meal will show your love more than any store-bought gift, though you can add those too. These recipes are sure to get you in the mood to snuggle with your loved one.

Breakfast

Be romantic and simple with a Bar-S ham, egg and cheese breakfast cups in bed. Wake up a little early as this takes about 40 minutes to complete. Heat the oven to 350 F. Using a nonstick cooking spray, coat a 12-cup medium muffin pan. Take two Bar-S Deli Style Smoked Ham slices, and line each muffin cup. Add 1 tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the ham. Whisk 9 eggs, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon pepper together in a medium bowl. Once blended, divide among the cups evenly. Place in the oven and bake for 20–25 minutes. After they stand for 1–2 minutes, place the cups on a serving plate with salsa and sour cream for garnish. Your significant other will wake up to the smell of something delicious cooking in the kitchen. What a great way to start the day!

Dinner

Delight your loved one with the deliciousness of chicken cordon bleu and bacon parmesan garlic stuffed rolls. In 45 minutes, you can create the main dish. Preheat the oven to 350 F and use butter or nonstick cooking spray to coat a 7x11-inch baking dish. Take 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and pound them until they are about 1/4-inch thick. Season with salt and pepper, then place one slice of Bar-S Smoked Ham and a slice of Swiss cheese on each piece of chicken. Roll up the chicken, and spear each with a toothpick to keep in place before placing in the baking dish. Evenly spread 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs on the chicken, then bake for 30–35 minutes. Once cooked through, add a 1/2 slice of cheese on each chicken breast, then cook for an additional 3–5 minutes. Serve after removing toothpicks.

The rolls add a delightful addition to the chicken. These will need 20–30 minutes to cook in an oven heated at 375 F. Use an 8x8 or 9x9 pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large microwavable bowl for 1 minute on high. Add 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 3 teaspoons dried parsley and 1 crumbled package Bar-S Smoked Bacon, pre-cooked until crispy. Take the 16-ounce tube of pop-and-bake rolls and flatten each one. Add 1 teaspoon of the butter-bacon mixture to the center of the dough before folding into a ball. Place in the greased pan, folded side down. Add the additional mixture on the top, then sprinkle the rolls with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Bake then serve with pesto or marinara sauce.

Dessert

No Valentine’s Day would be complete without the luxury of dessert after a wonderful meal. Dessert doesn’t have to be complicated to be a treat. These butterscotch bacon oatmeal cookies will have even the pickiest of eaters clamoring for more. With your oven heated to 375 F, take parchment paper and line a cookie sheet. Beat 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter, 1 cup packed brown sugar and 3/4 cup granulated sugar together in a large bowl on medium speed. Once combined, add 2 teaspoons vanilla and 2 eggs and beat again. Slowly beat in 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the mixture. Once mixed, stir in 1 package pre-cooked and crumbled Bar-S Smoked Bacon, 2 1/2 cups quick oats and 1 package (11 oz.) butterscotch chips. Drop tablespoons of the mixture on the cookie sheet and bake for 9–11 minutes. While baking, make the glaze in a small saucepan. Add butter, brown sugar and milk together until the butter melts in the pan. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, then let stand 5 minutes to thicken. Drizzle glaze on cooled cookies.