Valentine’s Deli Sandwiches That Are Heart Shaped


What are your plans to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Maybe you’re looking for a healthy food option that is loaded with flavor. These heart shaped Valentine’s Deli Sandwiches are loaded with all your favorite toppings and are easy to make. They’re perfect for that romantic soup and sandwich meal or even to make for your kids as a special treat. Follow along for ideas to make Valentine’s Day special for the people in your life.

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Valentine heart shaped deli sandwich. Photo by CookThink.

Valentine’s Delicatessen

Our Valentine’s Delicatessen style sandwiches are great because they’re festively heart shaped, and they are so easy to make. If you can put together an ultimate sandwich, kicked up a few notches to make it delicatessen style, that will be extra special for your recipient.

Valentine Deli

We’re all about Valentine Deli style sandwiches because they tip their hat to the meaning of the day, and they’re simple to make. You don’t have to spend all day slaving in the kitchen to achieve these. They don’t break the bank either. So, we think they’re an all-around win.

Best Sandwich/Deli

We’re of the mindset that the best Valentine Deli sandwich is the one that you’ve put together on your favorite bread, with the best meats and all your favorite toppings and sauce. It’s the one that tastes the best to you and is your favorite.

Valente’s Deli Bakery & Italian Market

These valentine deli style sandwiches give a bit of the feeling that you’re being served at a quaint little Italian market. And we like that. Those quaint little markets and deli bakeries have really good food. And who doesn’t like really good food.

Frequently Asked Questions

Following are questions that are asked frequently about how to make Valentine’s Deli Sandwiches. We hope you find them helpful.

What’s the best kind of bread to use?

To make a heart shaped sandwich with two halves and each side of the half being half the heart like ours, you’ll want to use a French Bread or similar type of loaf bread.

If you don’t have access to French Bread or a similar style loaf of bread, you can improvise and use whatever you have on hand. There are many ways to make a heart-shaped sandwich.

valentine deli sandwich being held by hands
Valentine heart shaped deli sandwich. Photo by CookThink.

Should I serve the sandwich warm or cold?

You can serve the sandwich warm or cold, whatever your preference is.  If you’re serving your sandwich warm, we recommend toasting it in a toaster oven or conventional oven.  We also recommend toasting just the bread, meat, and cheese, then adding your vegetable toppings such as lettuce and tomato after the sandwich has been warmed. This will keep the lettuce from wilting when it’s warmed. 

How do I cut my bread?

If you’re using a loaf of French bread or similar, the best way to cut it is to hold it on an angle and slice it that way, using the ends of the loaf as the curved part of the heart.

How can I hold my sandwich together?

If you’re like us and you like a sandwich loaded with all the goodies, you might be wondering how to hold it all together so you don’t end up with a heap of toppings. There are a couple of ideas that will work.

The first is to use a toothpick to hold each half of the heart together. If you don’t have toothpicks or need something more substantial to hold it all together, consider wrapping each half in a piece of butcher paper, wax paper or parchment paper. You can then finish it off by tying it with a string, ribbon, or folding the edges under so that they don’t unravel.

What is the best way to make a heart shaped sandwich?

In our recipe we use French Bread cut on an angle, but there are countless ways to make a heart shaped sandwich. Here are some ideas.

Cookie Cutter: Use 2 slices of your favorite kind of sandwich bread and cut out the bread using a cookie cutter. Then proceed to make your sandwich, adding all your favorite toppings accordingly.

French Bread: This is the method we used in our recipe instructions below. Simply use the ends of your loaf of French bread and cut the bread on an angle, making two halves of a heart.

Bagels: Using a sharp knife, trim off a portion of the bagel, making the pointed tip of a heart and the two humps on the top of the heart. Load it up with all your favorite toppings.

English Muffin: Use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape in the center of the top English muffin. This is going to make a heart shaped hole, rather than a heart shaped sandwich.  Proceed to make your sandwich with all the meats and toppings desired.

valentine deli sandwich heart
Valentine heart shaped deli sandwich. Photo by CookThink.

Sandwich Toppings:

Roast Beef
Honey Ham
Shredded Carrots
Bean Sprouts
Bell Peppers
Banana Peppers
Cheddar Cheese
Swiss Cheese
Colby Jack Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
American Cheese
Pepper Jack Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Honey Mustard
Salad Oil
Sweet Onion Sauce
Barbecue Sauce


2 pieces of French Bread
¼ pound Meat
2 slices of Cheese
Favorite Vegetable Toppings
Favorite Sauce


1. Cut the French Bread on an angle as shown in the photo above. Slice in half so that you have a top and bottom to each piece.

2. Add any meat and cheese to the bread and toast at 350F degrees for 3 to 4 minutes, if desired.

3. Load up the desired sauce and vegetable toppings. Serve and enjoy with your favorite Valentine.

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What to Serve with Valentine Deli Sandwiches?

Potato Salad
Lettuce Salad

Valentine Decorated Cupcakes

Cupcakes can be another popular food for Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for something sweet to serve with your Valentine deli sandwiches, you might consider whipping up a batch of Valentine decorated cupcakes to go along with the theme.

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VALENTINE Deli food Storage Containers with Lids, 32 oz. Pack of 24 Leak-proof Freezer Safe Microwaveable Soup Storage Container – Takeout Container

If you’re planning a large Valentine’s Day party, serving sandwiches and soup, you might consider serving your soup in soup storage containers or takeout containers to simplify things. It makes the soup more manageable and more functional.


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Sarah is known for her extra fancy yeast breads, melt in your mouth pies, and everything salads. She has won awards as a home cook, and is passionate about helping others feel smarter in the kitchen. Sarah is the cooking genius of the sister duo.

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