Bacon Hearts for Your Valentine

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Valentine’s Day is a mere seven days away. We celebrate Valentine’s Day, but not extravagantly. A sentimental card and a few tokens of love are usually the extent of gift giving in our family. Gifts often include flowers, candy, gift cards, special dinners and sometimes jewelry. Although we don’t (usually) give extravagant gifts for this particular holiday, we all (yes, the entire family) are still very particular about giving thoughtful, personalized gifts. Have you noticed how difficult it can be to find a great Valentine’s Day gift for a man? In years past I’ve spent a lot of time trying to find something modest but meaningful for my hubby.

That’s how I happened upon it…

Bacon hearts.

Yes, my husband loves bacon that much.

Few things warm the hearts of the men in my home more than bacon (Owen loves it too). Clearly the two must become one.

Inexpensive, easy-to-make and irresistible – bacon hearts match every criteria I need in a gift for the boys. Do you have a bacon lover in your life? You can make these pretty porky hearts for them as well. Here’s how…

How to Make Bacon Hearts

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Next line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil. Lay a piece of bacon out flat on the lined sheet.

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At the center of the piece of bacon, fold one side upward as shown in the picture below.

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Now fold the other side upward. You’ve created the point of your heart.

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Fold each “flap” back down toward the point to finish the upper lobes of the heart. (‘Cause they should be called lobes, right? What do you call those things?)

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Repeat this process until all of your bacon has been folded. You can squish them closer together than the hearts in the picture below. But be sure not to let them touch – if you do they’ll fuse together as they cook!

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Bake the hearts for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden-brown. Be sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn! I got distracted so mine are slightly overdone (but will still be delicious). Remove the hearts with metal tongs and let them cool on a plate lined with paper towels (to soak up excess grease).

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In the past I’ve presented my husband with bacon hearts wrapped in a shirt box (lined with paper towel). He’s also received them in a gift bag. This year I created little hand-made, monogrammed boxes for everyone in the family. There are other gifts coming, as well as cards, but here’s hoping this little bacon-y blessing will make them feel a little loved.

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