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Valentine Heart Pizza

Valentine Heart Pizza 3-Ways with Homemade Dough

Whether it's a dinner for two, a special lunch, or a unique breakfast, these delectable pizzas with an easy to make homemade crust have you covered!

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Pizza
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

For the Pizza Dough (makes 2 large, 3 medium or 4 small pizza crusts):

  • 1 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast
  • 1 ½ cup warm water
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

For the Large Ham, Cheese and Herb Pizza for Two:

  • 1/2 of the pizza dough
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup canned cut tomatoes (strained) just the cut tomatoes needed; not the liquid
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces sliced (1/4 inch thick) mozzarella cheese
  • 3 thin slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 thin slices Black Forest Deli Ham
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

For the Medium Size Vegetarian Pizza:

  • 1/3 of the pizza dough
  • 3 drizzles olive oil
  • 4 ounces sliced (1/4 inch thick) mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tomato (medium to large size), sliced
  • 1/2 of a shallot, peeled and thinly sliced or add to taste
  • 1/2 of a zucchini, shredded
  • 3 pinches smoked paprika or add to taste

For the Small Size Breakfast Pizza:

  • 1/4 of the pizza dough
  • 2 cooked scrambled eggs
  • 8 slices (1/8 inch thick) mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cooked bacon bits
  • 2 dashes salt
  • 3 dashes ground black pepper

Instructions

For the Pizza Dough:

  1. To a small bowl or pouring glass measuring cup, add warm (not lukewarm) water (an option is to add water to a glass measuring cup and warm it in the microwave for 35 seconds).

  2. Add yeast to the water.  Don't stir until the yeast is completely dissolved.  Let the yeast and water sit until the yeast is completely dissolved (about 3 minutes).  After the yeast is completely dissolved gently stir the mixture.  Set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl add flour and kosher salt.  If using a stand mixer; use the hook attachment and mix the flour mixture on low speed.

  4. While the mixer is mixing, slowly add in the olive oil.  Continue to mix until the olive oil is mixed in with the flour.

  5. While the mixer is mixing, slowly pour the yeast and water mixture in the mixing bowl and mix just until the dough is formed.

  6. To a medium size cutting board, add flour to the surface (a thick dusting).  Transfer the dough from the mixing bowl to the cutting board.

    The amount of dough to use depends on the size of pizza or pizzas you would like to make.

    The amount of dough for the:  Large size pizza is 1/2 of the total amount of dough (serves 2); Medium size pizza is 1/3 of the total amount of dough (a slightly bigger serving for 1); Small size pizza is 1/4 of the total amount of dough (serves 1).

  7. The dough can be used to make the pizza dough right after making it or it can be made ahead of time.

    If making the dough ahead of time:  In a separate medium size mixing bowl, lightly coat the bottom and sides with olive oil. Form the dough into a ball and toss it in the bowl to coat all sides of the dough with the olive oil.  Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until needed (up to 24 hours).

For the Large Pizza for Two (uses 1/2 of the pizza dough):

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. Drizzle olive oil on to a large pizza pie pan and spread it around.  Set aside for a moment.

  3. To a large cutting board, add a dusting of flour. Put the piece of dough on the cutting board and work the dough with your hands to form a small flat circle. Continue to work the dough until it’s about the size of a paper plate.

  4. Then lay the dough on top of the olive oil on the pizza pie pan and shape the dough into a large heart.

  5. Spread tomato sauce on the dough starting about 1 inch from the inside edge of the dough (don’t spread the sauce up to the very edge of the dough….leave about an inch of space for the crust).

  6. Add the cut tomatoes on top of the tomato sauce.  Sprinkle granulated garlic, pepper, dried oregano and dried basil on top of the tomatoes and sauce.  

  7. Add a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese, then a layer of the thickly cut pieces of mozzarella cheese.  Then tear the ham and Swiss cheese into medium to large size pieces and add on top of the pizza.

  8. Remove the rosemary leaves from the stem, and add on top of the pizza.  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza and top with chopped basil.

  9. Bake in a preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown (about 10 to 12 minutes; amount of time may vary depending on how many toppings there are).  Serve right away.

For the Small Breakfast Pizza and the Medium Size Vegetarian Pizza:

(the small plus the medium size pizzas use 1/2 of the dough; actually in total they use 7/12's of the dough but 1/2 is close enough)

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  2. On a large baking sheet or 2 pizza pans, drizzle a little olive oil where the pizzas will be.  Set the pan or pans aside for a moment.

  3. To a large cutting board, add a dusting of flour.  Put the pizza dough on the cutting board and work the dough with your hands to form a small flat circle for each pizza.  Continue to work the dough until each piece is about the size of a small salad plate.

  4. Then lay the dough on top of the olive oil on the pan and shape each piece of dough into a heart.  Drizzle a little olive oil on top of the dough (these pizzas don't have a tomato based sauce).
  5. To the medium size vegetarian pizza, add pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese (sliced about 1/4 of an inch thick), sliced tomatoes, sliced shallots, and shredded zucchini.  Sprinkle a few pinches of smoked paprika on top.
  6. To the small breakfast pizza, add scrambled eggs, fresh mozzarella (cut in 1/4 inch thick slices), and crumbled bacon bits.  Top with a 2 dashes of salt and 3 dashes of ground black pepper.

  7. Bake the pizzas in a preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown (about 10 to 12 minutes; amount of time may vary depending on how many toppings there are).  Serve right away.

Recipe Notes

TIPS:

  1. The amount of dough for the:  Large size pizza is 1/2 of the total amount of dough (serves 2); Medium size pizza is 1/3 of the total amount of dough (a slightly bigger serving for 1); Small size pizza is 1/4 of the total amount of dough (serves 1).

     

  2. The dough can be used to make the pizza dough right after making it or it can be made ahead of time.

     

  3. If making the dough ahead of time:  In a separate medium size mixing bowl, lightly coat the bottom and sides with olive oil.  Form the dough into a ball and toss it in the bowl to coat all sides of the dough with the olive oil.  Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until needed (up to 24 hours).