I hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day! It was a gorgeous day in NYC. It reached almost 50 degrees, which was pretty fantastic considering the winter we’ve had. Too bad I had to spend the day in the office but at least I got to spend the evening with my sweetie 🙂
In honor of the holiday, I decided to make a dinner I knew we’d both love. I also wanted it to be relatively quick and easy so I wasn’t in the kitchen the whole evening, allowing me to spend more time with Alex.
Pizza seemed like the best choice. I made a double batch of pizza dough yesterday, while we were basking in the engagement glow. Some people drink cocktails or eat chocolates to celebrate; I make pizza dough.
I followed this recipe from Annie’s Eats. The first time I tried this pizza dough was when I made Pizza Bites a few weeks ago. I was very impressed. The dough turned out so soft and chewy with great flavor. And it was so easy to make! This is now my go-to pizza dough recipe.
Since I was in the Valentine’s spirit, I had a little fun with the toppings. Last week, I came across a blog post that featured pizza with heart shaped pepperoni. So that is what I set out to recreate. Unfortunately I don’t remember where I saw that, otherwise I’d be happy to give the blogger credit. It’s a great idea!
I Love You, Pizza
- Pizza dough
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 5-7 large pepperoni slices
- 1/2 of a large red bell pepper
- Prepare pizza dough. Since the dough recipe makes enough for two pizzas, I stored half in the refrigerator and the other half in the freezer.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
- Lightly spray a pizza pan with cooking spray and shape your dough to fit the pan.
- Cut pepperoni into heart shapes (Awww) and chop red bell to be shaped into hearts, as well.
- Spread tomato sauce over dough. Sprinkle cheese over the tomato sauce. Next layer your pepperoni and peppers so that you have a love-ly pizza.
- Place prepared pizza into the oven and cook for 8-12 minutes, or until cheese just begins to brown.
How did you celebrate Valentine’s Day?