Heart-Shaped Meat Lover's Pizza
Ideal Friday night in: a glass of wine, movie on demand, and homemade pizza in the oven.
Sam and I are big believers in the fact that you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to have a special and romantic date night. Oftentimes staying in and snuggling up on the couch with a board game and a sweet playlist to slow dance to wind up being the most memorable nights.
We love cooking together because it helps us put aside any distractions and feel connected while making a delicious meal.
As self-proclaimed foodies, testing out new recipes and techniques together is one of our favorite ways to spend a romantic weekend - especially when the meals are creative (and cute) like this one!
If you aren’t allergic or intolerant to wheat, feel free to use a traditional, frozen pizza crust for this. We used our favorite Trader Joe’s cauliflower pizza crust and it worked out perfectly! I personally love the added flavor and texture of the cauliflower, so thankfully I haven’t missed the flour crust since Sam and I transitioned to a wheat-free diet.
We decided on a meat lover’s pizza (because Valentine’s Day; get it?), but if you’re in the mood for different toppings, feel free to substitute accordingly below!
Frozen Cauliflower Pizza Crust (we used Trader Joe’s)
Shredded Italian 6 Cheese Blend
Chopped Fresh Parsley
Preheat oven to 450F. Remove packaging and place crust upside down on a sheet pan. Bake 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool. Keep oven at 450F.
Start by cooking the pancetta in a non-stick skillet until crispy. Drain excess grease and set aside.
Cut the pepperoni and salami into small heart-shaped pieces. We used an exacto knife for this, but feel free to use a small knife instead if you aren’t worried about them being perfect. Set aside.
Slice mozzarella into quarter-size pieces, and ricotta into small strips. Set aside.
Trace a heart shape to cut your crust into. I used the underside of the cardboard pizza box for this and then we used a sharp knife to carefully cut.
Once your heart-shaped crust is ready, add the pizza toppings on (on opposite side from step 1). Spread the tomato sauce on the base evenly with the back of a spoon. Then, add on cheeses, meats, and sprinkle on fresh parsley.
Bake heart-shaped pizza in oven for another 10-12 minutes. For a crisper crust, broil an additional 4-5 minutes or until browned. Let cool and enjoy!
Want more recipe-related posts? Check out my Sparkling Fig and Thyme Cider Cocktails and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Ricotta Gnocchi with Crispy Pancetta.
Will you be making dinner for Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Day? Comment on my latest Instagram photo and tell me, or tag me in your homemade Heart-Shaped Meat Lover’s Pizza!
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