Heart Shaped Pizza | Peachtree City Moms

Want an adorable Valentine’s Day activity to do with your kids? Make-your-own Heart Shaped Pizza! This delicious recipe is from Greenwich Moms Asya Geller and her husband Mike Geller of Mike’s Organics. “My wife and kids love pizza, so we have a tradition of making heart shaped pizzas for Valentine’s Day. We have such a fun time making them, and even more fun eating the pizzas,” says Mike.

EQUIPMENT

  • Cutting board and knife
  • Cheese grater
  • Prep bowls for toppings
  • Rolling Pin (little ones for little hands are fun!)
  • Pizza pans or large rimmed baking sheet(s)
  • Pizza Cutter
  • Serving platter or board

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (14- to 16-ounce) ball pizza dough made ahead of time and left out to soften (Use Roberta’s Recipe or we highly recommend using store-bought dough to simplify – our favorite is Hawthorne Valley’s Organic Pizza Dough)
  • 1½ cups marinara sauce (our favorite is Waldingfield Farm’s Farmer’s Heirloom Sauce 
  • 6 ounces cheese – mozzarella, Jack, Colby, or cheddar cheese, grated
  • Toppings of your choice – the more colors the more fun –  sliced bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, roasted red peppers; blanched broccoli or cauliflower florets; chopped artichokes, cooked bacon, cooked chicken; sausage; sliced pepperoni or other cured meats or vegetables)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

TOPPING PREP – BEFORE YOU START

  • Chop all  Toppings –  kids bite sizes in individual bowls
  • Heart Shaped Pepperoni – Fold a pepperoni slice in half and use a pair of kitchen shears to trim the edges into the shape of half of a heart. (When you unfold the pepperoni slice, it will be a whole heart.)

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PIZZA

  • Preheat the oven to 500°F.
  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease with a little olive oil.
  • Making the Heart Shape:
    • If you are making individual pizzas, divide the dough into separate balls.
    • Roll the dough on a lightly-floured surface into the shape of a heart, then turn the edges over to form the crust. Brush with olive oil, then dock the crust with a fork to prevent bubbles from forming.
    • OR – Use a pair of kitchen shears or a paring knife to cut the pizza dough into the shape of a large heart, discarding the dough scraps.
  • Blind Bake the Dough –  Baking blind (sometimes called pre-baking) is the process of baking dough without the filling – making it more sturdy before adding the toppings.
  • Add the Pizza Sauce –  two or three spoonfuls of sauce is plenty for individual pizzas, spread it out evenly and leave room around for the crust
  • Add Toppings – add as you want to your pizza – encourage your kids to grab pinches or spoonfuls rather than handfuls of toppings to avoid the crust being flimsy and wet in the middle
  • Bake Again – return to the oven and bake for 8-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown, the cheese begins to brown in spots, and the pepperoni is crispy.
  • Let Cool – Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.
  • Slice the Pizza – Just like a regular round pizza, we typically slice heart shaped pizza  into triangles… even if they aren’t perfect.

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