Nick and I aren't really big Valentine's Day people. But you know what we are? BIG PIZZA PEOPLE. As evidenced by our recent Chicago Pizza Tour and just general pizza ordering habits (which are weekly.)
For Valentine's Day the past several years, we've usually just watched movies and picked up "heart shaped" pizzas from a pizza place. "Heart shaped" in quotations because more often than not they're just round with a little nip in the top. Recently I had a light bulb moment and realized "We should make our own heart shaped pizzas!" and then "AND MAKE THEM MINI!"
We're just going to eat these from the comfort of our couch while we binge watch 'The Knick', but they'd also be perfect for a make-your-own-mini-pizza party! Grab different sauces, a variety of toppings, and have a fun little party with the people you love. Sounds good, right? So you want to make them too?
Here's what you need! (Makes about 16-18 mini pizzas)
- 1 package (2.25 tsp.) active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 2.5 cups flour
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- Pizza toppings of your choice
- Heart shaped cookie cutter
Here's what you do!
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- In a large bowl combine yeast and warm water. Allow to bloom for five minutes.
- Add remaining dough ingredients. Combine well and let rest for five minutes.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface. The dough will be really sticky, so be liberal with extra flour.
- Knead the dough, adding flour as needed. Continue until stickiness is gone and dough can be stretched and rolled flat. Roll thin with a rolling pin.
- Use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut small crusts. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Top with sauce, cheese, etc. as desired.
- Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes until cheese starts to brown and bubble.
Thanks to my Galentine, Shannon, who helped me with pizza prep and as my hand model while Nick was in class last weekend! Our taste testing proved that these will most definitely be on the V-Day menu for this weekend. Think you'll make them too?
Sarah & Nick