A few nights ago Hubby and I were chatting about Valentine’s Day. As newly weds, it was a big deal. I got flowers and a teddy bear and we went out for a nice dinner. But as time when on, Valentine’s Day became less important.
Don’t get me wrong, after over 30 years of marriage, the romance hasn’t died. Rather it’s grown deeper and more intimate. What’s really romantic are the quiet displays of love. Hubby tying my shoes for me while I was recovering from open heart surgery. Or reaching for things that I can’t reach because I’m under 5-foot while he is over 6-foot. Love is saving the last piece of cake for your best friend or learning about a sport or how to make a sauce or a thousand other little things that say I love you. You matter to me.
When you get to be old farts like us, big public displays aren’t important. Most of the time, we stay home on Valentine’s Day. Neither of us care much for the crowds in restaurants on Valentine’s Day. It’s loud, the waitstaff is running ragged and the tables are shoved together to accommodate as many “couples” as you can in one night. Now I ask you, what’s romantic about that?
Anyway, I had suggested that since we don’t much care to go out on Valentine’s Day, maybe we could drive over to the next town up the hill on National Pizza Day for dinner that night instead. Hubby gave me a look of complete shock and said “Are you serious? You’d want pizza for Valentine’s Day?” Was he crazy? No way! But this lovely Italian Restaurant, while known for it’s wood-fire pizza, also serves up some of the area’s best Italian Classics such as Veal Scallopini. Hubby could have his pizza, I could enjoy a nice supper, all while lingering over a bottle of wine. And since it wasn’t Valentine’s Day, the romance was all us.
That got me to thinking – what about a family-style Valentine’s Day? To me, families are romantic. So gather the family together. Serve a salad, warm bread and a romantic pizza!
Valentine’s Day Pepperoni Pizza
Cornmeal as needed
1 can refrigerated Classic Pizza Crust
8 oz Pizza Sauce
4 oz Thin Sliced Pepperoni
4 oz Provolone Cheese
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Sprinkle cornmeal on a pizza stone or pan.
To shape the pizza, open the can, roll out the dough. Pinch one end and pull it to get the long pointy bottom. Use a knife to trim off a little of the sides for a clean straight shape. Pinch all the sides to make a small lip to hold all the sauce and cheese. For the top, grab the opposite side from the point and push in to create the indention. Shape the top of the heart by rounding as desired. Spread pizza sauce over crust the lip. Set aside.
Next, make the pepperoni into heart shape. Stack the pepperoni about a dozen high, making sure they are stacked evenly. If you have a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, use that as a guide to cut one pepperoni into a heart, and use that as a template for the rest. If not, cut a template from paper as desired. Set the heart-shaped pepperoni aside.
Scatter the pepperoni trimmings over the pizza. Lay slices of Provolone cheese over the pepperoni trimmings. Then arrange the pepperoni hearts on top.
Bake pizza for 14 to 18 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and everything is bubbling.
Remove from oven, wait a few minutes and then slice and serve.