Valentine’s Day: You either love it or really don’t participate. It’s my second favorite holiday, probably because my husband and I had our first date on Valentine’s Day 14 years ago. That’s hard to believe. But I consider this a day for celebrating all types of love, not just romantic.
Even if you don’t have a sweetie, send some extra love to your friends and family – a Valentine, some chocolates, even just a nice text. Everyone likes to be included and celebrate special days, and maybe even more so if that person isn’t in a romantic relationship.
When you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, dinner out isn’t necessarily the best option. Sometimes take out or a simple dinner at home, a fire and a special bottle of wine can be even more fun than going out to a crowded restaurant. Some of my favorite Valentine’s dinners were right at home.
This week’s recipe is inspired by the late Tanya Tandoc. Eight years ago she taught a tapas class at my house, and a tomato tart similar to this one was on the menu. It’s simply irresistible – made with crunchy puff pastry, melted Boursin crumbles, tomatoes and shallots. It’s the easiest thing you’ll make all week, too. You can put this together in about 10 minutes, including slicing those little grape tomatoes, which is the most tedious part. It makes a beautiful starter to a meal, or can be served alongside a salad for nice lunch. I served it for a small gathering with a fun red-themed heart-shaped charcuterie board.
I enjoyed shopping the aisles of Costco and Whole Foods gathering red and purple colored items to arrange in a heart shape to make this board. This would make a fun Valentine’s dinner with a bottle of wine, if you’re up for eating light. It would also be a fun project to do with a child. Whatever you do this Valentine’s Day, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope someone does something to make you feel special, too.
1 White Toque brand puff pastry round
1 5.2 oz. round Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs, crumbled
1 pint grape tomatoes, thinly sliced
Few slices of shallots
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, put it in the oven before you heat it up.
Thaw pastry dough so it can easily be unrolled without cracking. Leave it on provided parchment paper. Curl edges of puff pastry up along the edges to form a pretty crust. Crumble cheese on top, layer tomato slices and shallots on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is slightly browned. Slice like a pizza and serve hot or room temperature.