Apparently, pizza is in my stars, because not only did my family run a pizza business, but my husband also worked for Papa Murphy’s when we were first dating. Around Valentine’s Day, they make a pepperoni pizza in the shape of a heart, and I always thought it was an adorable idea. So, this pizza is dedicated to him as a tribute to his days at Papa Murphy’s and because I love him with my big pizza heart, hahahaha!
There really isn’t a recipe for this pizza, as it is pretty much whatever you want! Go crazy :) I used a pizza stone in my oven, but you could easily do the same on a grill, or use a cookie sheet or metal pizza pan.
P.S. This would be a great family meal for Valentine’s Day. Kids love helping to roll out the dough and put on the sauce and toppings. You could even split up the dough and have a heart pizza for each person.
It may seem unnecessary, but I truly love and use my pizza peel all the time. It really comes in handy if you are using a pizza stone, which requires you to leave in the oven while preheating. You can even roll out your dough right on the pizza peel.
I bought this one for $12 at Bed Bath & Beyond. Not only do I use it for pizza, it works well as a cheeseboard for when I want to be fancy schmancy.
My dough required a 10 minute “relaxing” time at room temperature. I formed it sort of in the shape of a heart and covered it with a kitchen towel while I prepped my sauce.
I use a refrigerated pizza dough from Trader Joe’s that is reallyeasy to use and has a great texture and taste – very similar to my family’s dough. It comes in a bag (not a biscuit-style can) and makes a medium pizza about 12-14 inches wide. Feel free to use your favorite brand of refrigerated dough, or be adventurous and make your own. Be aware though, that many homemade doughs require rising time.
Once your dough has rested (if required), shape your dough into a bigger heart using your hands to push and pull the dough.
Roll out the dough the rest of the way with a rolling pin until it’s your desired thickness. I like mine not too thin, and not too thick, about a 1/4 inch. If you are using a pizza stone, make sure there is enough flour underneath so your pizza slides around easily, for ease of transferring from your pizza peel. You could also use parchment paper and use that to slide your dough onto the stone.. If you aren’t using a pizza peel/stone, now would be the time to transfer the pizza to your cookie sheet or metal pizza pan.
Next, add your sauce, leaving about a 1/2 inch border. I love sauce (both on my pizza and in my personality), so I glopped (yes, glopped) mine on there until I was satisfied the pizza was saucy enough. While I generally go for store bought dough to save time, I highly recommend making your own pizza sauce, which will take you all of 5 minutes. Here is my recipe for Quick Pizza Sauce.
I used slices of cheese here because I like the way it melts and bubbles, but you can use your favorite shredded variety if you like, plus your desired toppings of course. For this pizza, I wanted plain cheese only, but one our favorite combinations is fresh pineapple with banana pepper. Don’t question it, just try it sometime. :)
Bake according to the directions of your dough (usually about 450*F), until the cheese is bubble and the crust starts to brown, about 8-10 minutes.
I ♥ this pizza!!!! So fun!
As you can see, I like my cheese a little brown, and my crust a little dark in some places. Not perfect, but neither is love…
I also like to brush a little olive oil and garlic salt onto the crust.
MY piece! Now go make your own… Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!