This compilation of Valentines Day breakfast recipes for a speedy but special breakfast in bed for a loved-one heading to work today is a response to a reader’s request. We’ve also added a few more filling eggs dishes for breakfast or even Valentines Day brunch for those of you who are at home and have more time. Enjoy!
A reader who loved our Valentines Day dinner recipes for romantic dinners at home – because nothing says “I Love You” like a home-cooked meal – asked us to direct him to any Valentines Day breakfast recipes on the site that were light yet lovely and quick to make.
I thought I’d dig into our Weekend Eggs archive and pull together a collection of deliciously romantic breakfast dishes that come together quickly, including some that are easy to eat in bed – because nothing says “I Love You” like a home-cooked breakfast in bed!! – and share them here for those of you just beginning your Valentines Day.
If you missed our round-up of Valentines Day dinner recipes, do take a look if you’re staying in tonight and not yet venturing out to restaurants. We have recipes for pre-dinner nibbles with glasses of sparkling, appetisers and mains. No dessert recipes. We recommend a decadent cheese plate or opening a box of chocolates and another bottle of bubbly.
Because as far as I’m concerned, anybody can pay for a restaurant meal, but nothing says “I Love You” like taking the time and care to prepare a beautiful home cooked meal – whether it’s a favourite dish cooked to perfection with a decent bottle of wine, or a three-course meal.
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Here are our best Valentines Day breakfast recipes for a speedy but special breakfast in bed on a work day.
Valentines Day Breakfast Recipes for a Speedy But Special Breakfast in Bed on a Work Day
Valentines Day breakfast ideas for what to cook your loved-one for breakfast in bed…
Classic Salade Lyonnaise Recipe
Our classic salade Lyonnaise recipe makes a lovely breakfast eggs dish that is as delicious as it looks and it comes together quickly, making it one of our best Valentines Day breakfast recipes for a speedy but special breakfast in bed on a work day. Soft poached eggs sit atop frisée lettuce, with some croutons, crispy bacon pieces, and a vinaigrette dressing of olive oil and vinegar. The idea is that you get some frisée, egg white and yolk, a crouton and some bacon in every mouthful. It’s a brilliant mix of textures and a perfect marriage of flavours. We know that poaching eggs can be daunting if you’re not an old hand at it, so we tips to poaching eggs in the post below.
Poached Eggs, Asparagus, Pancetta and Parmesan Recipe
This pretty poached eggs, asparagus, pancetta and parmesan recipe is another of our favourite breakfast egg recipes, and another one of the best Valentines Day breakfast recipes you can make if you have some asparagus and pancetta in the fridge. This classic egg dish also works for Valentines Day brunch if you’re working from home. Light and healthy, it won’t leave you feeling full, and with a glass of bubbly it will leave you both feeling fabulous. This is a genius dish: the soft yolk of the poached egg acts like a sauce for the asparagus, the pancetta adds a salty flavour and some texture with its crunch, and the parmesan cheese rounds out the flavours. No pancetta? Use bacon. Asparagus not in season where you live? Opt for whatever great quality produce you have on hand. Spinach would work wonderfully, even juicy ripe tomatoes cut into thick slices.
Poached Eggs with Asparagus, Pancetta and Parmesan, a Contemporary Take
This poached eggs with asparagus, pancetta and parmesan makes a more contemporary styled take on the classic dish above, and it’s another of the best Valentines Day breakfast recipes you can make, especially if you’re serving breakfast in bed. Instead of the poached egg sitting neatly on top of the asparagi, the eggs in this dish sit in an asparagus purée made from the stems, while the tips sit prettily on top. The grated Parmigiano Reggiano is sprinkled between the egg and asparagus purée, and pancetta and breadcrumbs are sprinkled on top to add texture and flavour. One of the shortcomings of the traditional dish is that you lose much of the scrummy egg yolk when it bursts open onto the plate. Terence resolved that little problem by serving it in a bowl with a spoon.
Fragrant Pesto Scrambled Eggs Recipe
Our pesto scrambled eggs recipe makes soft scrambled eggs with basil pesto on sourdough, with a drizzle of pesto oil, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, a sprinkle of pine nuts, and fresh basil leaves. It comes together super-fast, making it another one of the best Valentines Day breakfast recipes you can make if serving breakfast in bed to someone who has to head off to work. Make sure to use the freshest eggs for really silky scrambled eggs. We use a good fresh Teflon-coated 24 cm pan with high sides that does not get used for anything other than eggs and only touched by a silicone spatula. When you turn the heat up to high and the butter starts to brown, you need to work fast. The eggs will cook in less than 90 seconds. What you want is for the eggs to get nearly cooked through and remain glossy.
Soft Scrambled Eggs Recipe with Chinese Barbecue Pork and Chives
If you and your loved-one work from home and you want a Valentines Day breakfast dish that is a little more filling than the dishes above, then make this soft scrambled eggs recipe with Chinese barbecue pork and chives. It makes a fantastic, filling breakfast eggs dish that literally takes minutes to make. Using a combination of Eastern and Western techniques, the result is the softest silkiest scrambled eggs that we can happily eat every day. Our creamy soft scrambled eggs with Chinese barbecue pork and chives is cooked to around the same ‘doneness’ as good French-style scrambled eggs with big curds, but these soft scrambled eggs have a much lighter texture. While you could easily eat these silky eggs on their own with salt and pepper for a light breakfast, the Chinese barbecue pork and chives make this a truly special breakfast, however, you could also use bacon.
Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Truffles Recipe
If it’s truffle season where you live and you happen to have some truffles in the house or you can sneak out and buy some, our scrambled eggs with truffles recipe makes a decadent Valentines Day breakfast dish. The scrambled eggs should be creamy, silky and sensuous, which means not skimping on the butter for this dish. To make truffles with scrambled eggs many chefs place the truffle in a jar with the eggs for at least 24 hours so that the eggs obtain some of the aroma of the truffles. It does work, but it’s a very mild flavour you get. For me, this dish works best when there is some truffle flavour in the eggs before the truffle is shaved on top of the eggs when served. I like to use the little offcuts of the truffle that you sometimes get when shaving the truffles and throw those into the egg mixture just before taking it off the heat. If you don’t have fresh truffles, a tasty alternative is to use a little truffle oil mixed in with the butter, then add a teaspoon of truffle pickers paste when you add the cream. No, it’s not the same, but it’s still damn tasty.
Crab Omelette Recipe
And if you are at home today and nobody is rushing out to work, this crab omelette recipe is another one of our best Valentines Day breakfast recipes for a luxurious dish that is perfect if you’re just back from an early morning shop at the fish markets, armed with luxurious fresh crab meat. This crab omelette is a little sweet, a little spicy, and very, very moreish. Terence adapted this crab omelette recipe from Charmaine Solomon’s The Complete Asian Cookbook which used to be on our bookshelves in Sydney for many years. A bottle of bubbly is the perfect accompaniment. You’re enjoying some fantastic produce with a special person, so why not make it special?
Classic Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs Recipe
For me there are few more romantic gestures than going to the trouble of cooking a cafe-style breakfast at home, and you won’t find a more quintessential cafe breakfast than this classic smashed avocado toast recipe with poached eggs for an Australian café style breakfast. Just add sourdough toast, Vegemite, freshly squeezed OJ, and good coffee, and you’re set! This is my idea of the best Valentines Day breakfast for the nostalgia trip back to the 90s as much as the deliciousness of poached eggs on avo toast.
Eggs Benedict Recipe
When we first published our eggs Benedict recipe Terence wrote in the post: “Could there be a more quintessential New York eggs dish? Eggs Benedict is to New Yorkers what smashed avocado and poached eggs is to Aussies.” That was back in 2010 before New Yorkers went crazy over Australia’s smashed avocado on toast, which at the time was still largely confined to the menus of the Lower East Side’s many Australian cafes. Eggs Benedict will still be a quintessentially New York breakfast dish for us and still remains one of my all-time favourites and one of the best Valentines Day breakfasts as far as I’m concerned.
Perfect Mushrooms on Toast Recipe with Fragrant Herbs and Parmigiano Reggiano
If your Valentine doesn’t eat eggs and you have some beautiful mushrooms on hand, our perfect mushrooms on toast recipe makes the most delicious mushrooms sautéed with garlic and shallots in salted butter and olive oil, and finished with a dollop of sour cream (or cream!) and plenty of fresh fragrant herbs. I love aromatic dill but you can use flat-leaf parsley or basil or your favourite herb. Pile it all onto toasted sourdough or any good quality fresh-baked bread and generously sprinkle on some grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Easily another one of the best Valentines Day breakfast recipes you can make a loved-one.
Savoury French Toast Recipe With Pan-Fried Cherry Tomatoes, Feta Cheese and Fresh Herbs
This savoury French toast recipe makes classic French toast – fried bread that’s been soaked in a beaten egg and milk mixture – flavoured with garlic, onion, sea salt, pepper, and a little chilli, piled with pan-fried cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and fragrant dill. It’s a fabulous weekend breakfast, brunch or lunch dish. If you haven’t had savoury French toast before – which our British friends call eggy bread – don’t be surprised if you become addicted. This is another of the best Valentines Day breakfast recipes to cook for your other half this morning. Enjoy!
Please do let us know if you make any of our Valentines Day breakfast recipes in the comments below as we’d love to hear how our recipes turned out for you.