Pizza is good, but heart shaped grilled pizzas are BETTER, am I right?! I mean, why settle for the same old boring round pizzas when you can add a special dash of love to your homemade pizzas? Making heart shaped pizzas is such a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
This artisan-style pizza crust is a golden masterpiece really, with a crispy exterior that gives way to an irresistibly chewy center. It’s the perfect canvas for all of your favorite toppings.
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Ingredients for the Dough
- 5 cups white unbleached flour
- 1 packet yeast
- 1-1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2-1/4 cups water
- Optional: 2 TBS honey
- Olive oil for coating
Mixing and Kneading
- First, attach the dough hook to your stand mixer and add the flour, yeast, and salt to the bowl. Slowly add the water and let it knead for a solid 8 minutes. Sticky? Don’t fret; it’s a sign that you’re doing it right.
- When it’s done kneading, place the dough ball on a floured surface and divide it into 8 balls. Shape and oil and let them rise in a warm dry place (like the oven turned off). After 2 hours they’ll be ready to make into hearts.
Shaping the Hearts
- Take a dough ball, flour generously, roll it thin, and shape it into a heart. Try to embrace your creativity here and get your hands dirty. It’s fun!
- Then, spread on some sauce and pile on the toppings. You could cut your pepperoni into little hearts too.
Cooking The Pizzas
Grill or Oven, Your Choice (but you should definitely try the grill)
- Place a pizza stone on the grill or in the oven and preheat the grill to 500°F or the oven to 450°F. Once preheated, place pizzas on a pizza stone and grill for 9-10 minutes or bake for 10-11 minutes – the result is a crispy, golden, bubbly, perfectly cooked pizza.
Now, About That Crust
If you haven’t read my post about the thin and crispy pizza crust, let me bring you up to speed on the crust here. This is an artisan style pizza crust that tastes JUST LIKE brick oven pizza (do you guys remember that place?). It gets brown and crispy on the edges and tastes like it came from a brick oven at a pizzeria. This has quickly become our go-to pizza crust and I’m pretty sure it’ll be yours too. It’s that good!
Serving with Style
Wondering what to serve with these pizzas that everyone will love? These are some of our favorites:
- Garlic Knots. Soft, doughy knots brushed with garlic-infused butter could never be a bad choice.
- Caprese Salad. A refreshing side that compliments the richness of pizza perfectly. Make sure to add plenty of fresh basil.
- Roasted Vegetables. An assortment of colorful roasted veggies, like bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes are a great way to add some variety.
- House Salad. Crisp romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, and croutons tossed in dressing is the classic (and most requested) side for pizza in this house.
- Pesto Pasta Salad. A cold pasta salad with pesto is another refreshing and herby side that compliments pizza perfectly.
- Sweet Potato Fries. Surprisingly, we love crispy sweet potato fries with a hint of seasoning with pizza. Try it!
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip. Both creamy and savory, this dip goes really, really well with pizza crust.
- Fruit Salad. We also love the sweetness of fruit with the saltiness of pizza. Another family fave.
So there you have it, my friends a fun, cute, and festive way to make your next Valentine’s Day (or any day, really) extra special. I know you’ll just love making these heart-shaped pizzas at home as much as I do. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Heart Shaped Grilled Pizzas
- 5 cups white unbleached flour
- 1 package yeast
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 2 TBS honey (optional)
- Olive oil to coat dough balls
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, yeast, and sea salt and attach the dough hook.5 cups white unbleached flour, 1 package yeast, 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Begin mixing on low speed while slowly adding the water and honey (if using) and allow the dough to mix completely.2 1/4 cups water, 2 TBS honey (optional)
- Once the flour is completely mixed (you may need to scrape down the sides), allow to mixer to knead the dough for a full 8 minutes (the dough will be very sticky and may be stuck to the bottom, this is okay!).
- After 8 minutes, remove the dough ball from the bowl and flour the dough ball well. Place ball on a well floured surface and using a pizza slicer or a very sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 equal sections.
- Gently form each section of dough into a round ball and place it on an oiled cookie sheet.
- Rub the top of each dough ball with olive oil and cover the pan with saran wrap.Olive oil to coat dough balls
- Place cookie sheet in the oven (with it turned off) and allow the dough to rise for 2 full hours. When the dough is ready, it will be puffy and full of bubbles, this is normal.
To cook pizzas:
- Preheat outdoor grill and pizza stone to 500 degrees or preheat indoor oven with a pizza stone to 450 degrees.
- Remove a dough ball from the cookie sheet (keeping the rest covered), flour well, and roll out to desired thickness (I usually roll ours very thin) and shape into a heart.
- Add sauce and pizza toppings of choice.
- Grill pizzas for 9-10 min or bake for 10-11 min until browned and bubbly.
- Slice and serve piping hot. Pizzas will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days and are best reheated in a toaster oven or air fryer.