heart-shaped pizza

by ann



Hi. I should be studying oral surgery right now like a good dental student. Yet all that gung ho-ness went right out the back door, blown away by the cold wind. Instead, I’m munching on the last of this deliciousness above while hiding under blankets, getting all caught up on Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. How is it that Grey’s Anatomy can still steal tears from me!? And how much crazier could Huck possibly get?! And why don’t I get this excited watching class capture?!?!

Anyway, didn’t I tell you I would make this pizza? Even though it’s heart-shaped, it’s a pizza for all seasons. What I love about this pizza is that it’s easy. There aren’t any elaborate stressful steps. It would be perfect to do with a little one too! I ended up making a mushroom and red onion pizza topped with sizzling garlic. It’s yummy but if not you could try my other pizza topping suggestions!

I know many a person who feel that Valentine’s Day is a “consumer holiday.” Perhaps it is a day that has been amped up by overpriced candy and absurd expectations. Yet perhaps some people need a day to muster the courage to express that love! Apparently we Americans don’t say those three little words enough. For me, it’s not the day that I show my appreciation for others but it is another day that I can! Hugs and smooches. I’m going to take a nap now and hope it will rev me up for some more studying.


Heart-Shaped Pizza (mushroom + onion)

1 bag of Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough *
1/4-1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup fradiavolo sauce (to give a spicy kick!)
2/3 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
10 thin rings of red onions, halved
1 1/2 cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil

Let the pizza dough rest for 20 minutes at room temperature.

Set the oven to 425 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with foil and grease with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Lightly flour a clean counter and turn out the dough. Using a rolling pin (or your hands!), flatten and shape the dough into a heart. You may need to flip the dough a few times to thin it out. Add more flour to the counter if the dough sticks to it.

Transfer the dough to the cookie sheet. You may need to reform it once transferred.

Combine the pizza sauce and fradiavolo sauce. Spread 2/3 of the mixture onto the dough. Sprinkle on 1/2 cup of cheese.

Add the remaining sauce, mushrooms and onions. ** Sprinkle on remaining cheese.

Combine the garlic and remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle on top of pizza.

Bake for 15-20 minutes for a crisp pizza.

*Note: The dough is for a 12-inch pizza which would give you a thicker crust. My pizza is much larger but I wanted a thin crust pizza. For full transparency, I want to say that I used Trader Joe’s fresh garlic and herb pizza dough. It was good but not the best. I’ll try out the others at some point to see if I like them better. Still the dough is good in a pinch! If I were to make my own, I would try this recipe.

** For another topping, add anchovies if you’re my soul mate.