Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you all are responsibly enjoying this incredible indulgent holiday of love, sweet treats, and of course amazing food. Who am I kidding, grab another chocolate (especially if it is dark chocolate with caramel) YOLO! My husband and I choose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day ~whoomp whoomp~ but chin up; this is mostly because our anniversary is right around the corner. We, and by we I mean I, like to stick to the traditional gifts to celebrate our anniversary. This year will mark our ninth year of dating and four years of marriage. The traditional anniversary gift for four years just happens to be fruit and flowers – a perfect Valentine’s Day combo. Of course I prefer to share my love with other people through cooking. So how can I turn fruit and/or flowers into a balanced Valentine’s Day meal?
The flower part we have covered, thanks to my brother and sister-in-law who gave us these adorable shrubs as a house warming gift! Thank you sooo much Dave and Adi, not only for your gifts but also your hard work as we start to try and turn this yard around.
Now for fruit…if you are on the hunt for some lighter fare, a little appe-teaser, keep you feeling and looking slim for the rest of your day (bow chicka wow wow) than this dish is perfect for you and your honey this Valentine’s Day.
Apple Flatbread with Arugula and Feta
Serving Size: 4
Cook Time: 30 min.
- 1 can of crescent rolls
- 2-3 apples, cut into 1/4″ slices (I used McIntosh here because that is what I had on hand, any apple will do for this recipe)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 T Sugar
- 3 cups of arugula
- 4 oz. reduced fat crumbled Feta cheese
- Pinch of salt
- Optional – grilled or shredded chicken, about one cup
Balsamic Glaze – I use Pioneer Woman’s recipe. If you’re in a hurry to get cozy with your lover you can use store bought.
Pre-heat the oven to 450 – it’s getting hot in here (sing it like Nelly). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Pop open the can of crescent rolls and have your partner pop open a bottle of champs, because remember we are celebrating love! Roll out the pastry into a single layer on the parchment paper. Use your hands to spread it out into one thin layer. Pinch together the seems where you would normally tear it apart to make rolls. Use your fingers to also pinch along the sides to make it a little thicker and form a crust.
Core and slice the washed apples thinly and place in a bowl, tossing with lemon juice. The acidity from the lemon juice helps to prevent the apples from browning while still celebrating their sweet flavor. Arrange the apple spices on top in an alternating pattern. Sprinkle the top of the apples with sugar, small pinch of salt, and feta cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, until the sides of your flatbread are golden brown.
*Optional, top with thinly sliced grilled chicken or shredded chicken. If you’re using leftovers, take the chicken out of the fridge before you place the flatbread in the oven. Pull the flat bread out at the 15 minute mark, add the chicken by arranging on top of the apples. When reheating leftover chicken you run the risk of drying it out – and nobody wants dry chicken on a romantic dinner date. So only reheat for those last few minutes in the oven, the moisture from the cooking apples will help. Use the glaze on top of the flatbread generously – which you will want to anyway because it is divine.
When you take the flatbread out of the oven immediately sprinkle the arugula over the top. The heat will gently wilt the arugula. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then drizzle the balsamic reduction on top. De-li-cious. Last, slice into individual servings.
Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14