It ain’t easy being cheesy. Actually, I take that back. It’s super easy, and much advised. We here at G&M take great pride in our adoration of cheese in all regards, and embrace it to the fullest. With not just one, but TWO snow days so far this week, and with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we figured it was the perfect opportunity for cheesy heart-shaped pepperoni pizza!
These little beauties aren’t rocket science to make, and they’re sure to make your valentine this year swoon.
(makes two thin-crust pizzas)
1 package of pizza dough (note — it’s easier to roll out at room temp)
3 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded parmesan
1 cup tomato sauce
1 package of turkey pepperoni
Roughly 1/2 cup flour for stretching the dough
- Kitchen scissors
- Rolling pin
- Pizza pan — we’re huge fans of this perforated style pan, which will make your crust nice & crispy
- Oil brush
Using your kitchen scissors, begin to make your roni-hearts. This will take a few minutes, so take a seat and throw on some music. Once your desired amount of roni is made, you can begin on the pizzas.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
To roll your dough (the basics, for beginner rollers):
On a flat clean counter space, disperse some flour for dough rolling. Cut your dough in half with a sharp knife. Taking one of the dough balls, put a small amount of flour around the outside of the dough. Gently pat the dough ball into an even sphere. Once rounded, use your palms to flatten it out, and your thumbs to stretch it into a small flat circle. Place your flat dough on the floured surface, and begin using your rolling pin to flatten and stretch. Be sure to alternate the sides you stretch, to get a nice even circle. Once you’ve rolled it out as much as you can, stretch the rest by hand. Putting your hands in two fists facing each other, place the center of your stretched dough on top. Starting from the center and gently working your way outward, begin stretching, moving the dough around your fists in a circular motion (be patient with this, dough is an art!) Once you’ve reached the outer edges, you can stretch the edges of the dough to let it sag in front of you. After a few minutes of stretching, your pizza should be about 12″ across. Don’t worry if it rips, you can fold it on top of itself.
To make the pizza:
- Lightly coat your pan in a little olive oil and place your stretched dough on the pan.
- Put a light coating of olive oil on top of the pizza, focusing on the crust, so it gets nice and golden.
- Put a couple tablespoons of tomato sauce on the dough and evenly spread.
- Evenly spread 1/2 of your mozz and parm onto the dough, then place your pepperonis
- Bake for about 12 minutes until cheese is bubbling and browned
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving
All done! Serve it up with a nice chilled beer and have yourself a nice cheesy Valentine’s Day!