Circular pizzas are so last year. Kidding. Still, it’s nice to switch things up every once in a while. To make a heart-shaped pizza, the pizza dough and toppings are formed into hearts.
This pizza is obviously great for Valentine’s Day, but it’s also great for a regular pizza night.
Making a Pizza in the Shape of a Heart
In its favor, this pizza may be made with almost any kind of pizza crust. To prepare for pizza night, I like to create a no-knead dough the night before.
The heart form may be achieved in pizza in two different methods. Making ensuring the dough is at room temperature is the first step. It will be very difficult to form if the temperature is low.
The use of a stretching technique.
The dough may be formed into a heart by gently stretching it with your hands. This won’t be perfectly symmetrical, but it will save you money. Since the dough has the propensity to bunch up as you form it, you should expect to have a somewhat thicker crust around the tip and top of the heart.
Reduce by these means.
If I had to lose a few dollars, I’d rather do it this way. Once the dough has been rolled out into a perfect circle, the indentation at the top of the heart may be cut out with a dough scraper or pizza cutter, and the bottom of the heart can be stretched and sliced to create the tip. So simple, and yet it looks so elegant!
Separating the Pepperoni Hearts
Cutting your pepperoni into heart shapes is completely optional, but it adds a cute presentation and, bonus!, more pepperoni to your pizza!
Cut an angle off the top half of the pepperoni using a paring knife or kitchen scissors to form a heart shape. Then, snip the corner into a heart shape. Once you get the hang of it, it’s a piece of cake.
For optimum pepperoni taste, save the pepperoni scraps and layer them beneath the cheese.
Pizza Sauce Prepared at Home
In this case, I’ve supplied instructions for making a pizza sauce that makes extensive use of dried herbs. It’s delicious and just takes a minute to mix together. Use the sauce I created for these simple pepperoni pizzas if you like a sauce with a stronger onion and garlic flavor.
How to Make the Best Pepperoni Pizza Ever
Providing you make your own dough and sauce and use high-quality ingredients, pizza is almost impossible to screw up. In order to ensure that your pizza is as tasty as possible, I have included some of the methods I use.
Make pizza on a stone. If you don’t already have one, I highly recommend investing the few dollars on one. Value for money, without a doubt! (As they cook, they may produce smoke, so open a window and run a fan.)
Increase the amount of pepperoni. Dice up some more pepperoni and layer it beneath the cheese in the sauce if you’re creating a pepperoni pizza.
Use moderation with the condiments. Don’t cover the pizza entirely with cheese and pepperoni or else no one will be able to appreciate the sauce and bread.
Get enough for lunch the next day. A delicious pizza that has been left over from the night before.
What You Should Do When Reheating Pizza
Reheating pizza slices in a big pan over medium-low heat with a drizzle of oil is the best method to re-create their original crispiness and flavor from leftovers. If you cover the pizza, the cheese will melt, and the dough will crisp up to perfection in the pan.
To make pizza sauce with herbs
- (1 fifteen-ounce) can of tomato paste
- Totally unrefined olive oil, one tablespoon
- One Tablespoon of Kosher Salt
- 1/2 fresh basil leaf
- A single teaspoon of dried oregano
- a single teaspoon of dried garlic
- A pinch of crushed red pepper
- Pizza dough, 1 pound, completely proofed
- Flour, for use as a dry dusting agent
- Large pepperoni slices (approximately 1 1/2 inches in diameter): 10–12.
- Low-moisture mozzarella cheese, 12 ounces (about 3 cups)
- Leaves of fresh basil, for decoration.
1. Preheat the oven to 500˚F:
Start by preheating the oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit:
Preheating a pizza stone in the oven will ensure that it is nice and hot and ready to use when it is time to make pizza.
2. Produce the pizza herb sauce by:
All of the pizza herb sauce components should be mixed together in a medium basin. Putting aside.
3. To form the pepperonis:
fold them in half lengthwise and snip off a little angle at the top of the fold using a paring knife or kitchen shears. Then, snip the corner into a heart shape. Do not throw away the pepperoni scraps; they will come in handy.
4. Shape the pizza dough:
Form the pizza by rolling out the dough into a big circle on a lightly floured surface, at least 12 inches in diameter. You may form either a circle or a heart.
One option is to cut a heart shape from the dough using a pizza cutter, dough scraper, or kitchen scissors. A cleaner heart is the trade-off for this procedure.
Method 2: Form the dough into a rough heart shape with your hands. More dough will be saved, and the crust will be thicker, but a well-defined heart will be difficult to achieve.
5. Top the pizza:
Pizza toppings: transfer the formed dough onto a floured pizza peel. Sprinkle the dough with the leftover pepperoni pieces and a half cup of the herb pizza sauce. Top with shredded cheese and pepperoni cut into hearts.
6. Cook and serve:
Using a pizza peel, transfer the pizza to the pizza stone and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the crust is crisp and the cheese is bubbling (a pizza baked on a baking sheet will take longer, about 14-15 minutes).
Serve with a garnish of fresh basil leaves. Slice the pizza as soon as it has cooled somewhat.
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