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Valentines Day Heart-Shaped Pizza Recipe
A Valentine's Day Heart-shaped Pizza says "I Love You"
Valentine's Day is an amorous day that evokes heart-felt emotions and an appreciation for your significant other. It's a day when we want to show our partners how much they mean to us in unique and special ways.
A wonderful way to show love on Valentine's day is to cook your loved one a delicious treat. Candies, cakes, and pies are lovely, but why not try a Valentine's day pizza instead?
This "Be My Valentine" heart-shaped pizza recipes says "I love you" by filling your partner's belly with warm and gooey tastiness, while showing your adoration with a beautifully decorated piece of baked art. I mean...who doesn't love pizza? And what could be easier to create for your loving counterpart?
Check out this simple to make, quick to prepare "Be My Valentine" pizza recipe. It's a fun and unique way to tell your lover how much they mean to you.
Homemade vs. Store Bought Pizza Dough for Your "Be My Valentine" Pizza
Creating the heart-shaped dough for your "Be My Valentine" pizza is easy and can be done one of two ways: homemade or store bought.
The first way, making your Valentine's day pizza dough from scratch, can be done with a dough mixing machine. This takes a little extra time, but makes the best tasting "Be My Valentine" pizza dish.
To create the heart-shaped dough for your pizza from scratch...
3 cups bread flour
1/2 cup regular flour
1 (.25 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 - Place bread flour, yeast, water, and 2 tablespoons olive oil into the dough mixer.
2 - Select the Dough setting.
3 - Press Start.
4 - When the dough is finished, knead rosemary into the dough.
5 - Sprinkle flour on a countertop and roll flour with a rolling pin.
6 - Shape or cut the dough into a heart (don't worry if it isn't perfect...the idea is to have a gift that's unique from you).
You'll want a good dough mixer to create your homemade pizza dough!
The second way to make your "Be My Valentine" pizza dough is to use a store bought pizza dough...the dish will still taste great! Creating a heart-shaped pizza dough for your Valentine pizza is easy...
Simply sprinkle a countertop with about 1/2 cup of flour. Roll out the pizza dough until it's flat and use a knife (or shape by hand) to cut the pizza dough into your best heart shape. Make sure the dough itself is about a 1/2 - 1 inch thick depending on how you like your pizza.
Hint: You can also use heart-shaped cookie cutters and create a bunch of little mini pizzas if you prefer to roll out and cut the dough for your "Be My Valentine" pizza into a perfect shape. Heart-shaped cookie cutters come as big as 5"-7" (for around $2) so you can make a pretty decent sized mini pizza with these.
Viola! Your done!
Homemade Pizza Sauce for Your "Be My Valentine" Pizza
This homemade pizza sauce recipe is sure to add delicious flair to your Valentine's day pizza dish. Flavored with garlic, basil and Italian seasoning, it's a super tasty addition to all types of appetizing meals, including pasta dishes and dipping sauces. So don't just limit yourself to using this pizza sauce recipe for your "Be My Valentine" pizza.
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 (29 ounce) can tomato puree
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 - In a large saucepan, saute garlic in oil until tender.
2 - Stir in the remaining ingredients.
3 - Bring to a boil.
4 - Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until sauce reaches desired thickness.
5 - Spread evenly onto pizza dough created previously.
6 - Sauce may be refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Preparing and Baking Your "Be My Valentine" Pizza
Now that you've created your dough and sauce, it's time to prepare your Valentine's day pizza and bake it! Here is what you'll need...
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup of sliced pepperoni
1/2 cup of onion, sliced
1/2 cup of green peppers, sliced
1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives
1 - Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2 - If you haven't already in the dough creation steps above, shape your pizza into a heart shape about 1/2 inch thick.
3 - Brush the dough with olive oil, and spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over top, covering entire pizza dough except crust.
4 - Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over pizza sauce, and arrange pepperoni, onions, green peppers, and sliced olives on top.
5 - Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted and crust is golden brown.
Total prep time: 45 Min
Total cook Time: 15-20 Min
Makes 4 servings
Calories per serving: 261
Total Fat per serving: 9.1g
Cholesterol per serving: 18mg
Choose Your Own "Be My Valentine" Pizza Toppings!
My boyfriend loves pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions, but just because this Valentine's day pizza recipe calls out for those ingredients doesn't mean you have to stick to that. Substitute your own delicious toppings or eliminate toppings altogether for a tasty cheese pizza!
What is your all time favorite pizza topping that you just can't live without?
Baking Stones Create Delicious Perfect Pizzas!
One of the best ways to get an evenly baked, golden brown Valentine's day pizza is by using a baking stone. Baking stones offer a crisp, thoroughly cooked pizza without the worry of a doughy, or burnt pizza pie. Pizza baking stones heat evenly and retain heat well so pizzas stay warm for a while after they come out of the oven. A good pizza baking stone holds up over time and requires very little clean up. Simply wipe off with a wet rag and let air dry...no soap needed!
Thin Crust vs. Thick Crust
For pizza lovers everywhere, there has been an on-going debate about how dough should be prepared for the best tasting pizza. Some say a thin, crispy crust is best. Others claim that pizza crust should be thick and bread-like. This argument is such a touchy subject that many pizza restaurants such as Pizza Hut and Papa Johns allow customers to have both! What's your take on the pizza crust controversy?
How should pizza crust be prepared for the most delicious tasting pie ever?