It’s always fun with kids to celebrate the holidays and Valentine’s can be host to all kinds of food fun. I know many families, including ours, that LOVE pizza night. It’s funny how simple traditions/routines can deliver excitement and something we all look forward to sharing. Are we ordering this week? What type are we going to make this week? Can we have….
This year pizza night is moving to Valentine’s Day, because typically it’s a Friday Night Fun treat over here, and I’m sharing up a little extra love right on top with veggies that are going Valentine’s style. Yes, we’re not only eating red, we’re shaping it up to fit in with our seasonal celebration.
Valentine’s Lover Pizza by Jodie Fitz
1 Price Chopper pizza dough, preferably whole wheat
4 oz. Price Chopper part-skim mozzarella, shredded
1/8 cup + 2 tablespoons light olive oil
½ clove garlic
2 red bell peppers
Place the 1/8 cup olive oil into a glass dish. Add in the garlic by crushing it. I personally use a garlic press. Stir the olive oil and garlic together and let it set to fuse the flavors.
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Rinse, remove the seeds and dice the peppers. Sauté the peppers in the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over low heat until the peppers are lightly softened, but still slightly crisp.
Roll out the pizza dough on a slightly oiled and floured pizza stone. Baste the dough with the olive oil mixture. Top with the 4 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese. Add in the peppers in the shape of a heart to the center of the pizza.
Bake for approximately 20 – 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown on the bottom and the cheese has fully melted on top.
Tomatoes: You can use 2 large tomatoes or several smaller tomatoes to get the heart shaped affect. However, you won’t have to sauté the tomatoes. Instead, stir the diced tomatoes, basil & 2 tablespoons of olive oil together. Add them to the top of the pizza and continue to follow the directions as above.