Forget the surf & turf and shrimp cocktail and enjoy Valentine’s Day the easy way with a heart shaped pizza. Sometimes a relaxing night in is just what the doctor ordered. Whether you make it from scratch or order heart shaped pizza from your favorite local pizzeria, it’s sure to be a hit. A Valentine’s pizza can be the perfect meal to enjoy with your whole family. Eating heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean your sweetheart loves you any less than the years you go out for a five-star meal at a fancy restaurant. At times it is just nice to cut out the pressure, slow down the wild pace of life, and relax a bit with the one you love.
Where to Buy a Heart Shaped Pizza
If you are wondering where to buy a heart shaped pizza, you aren’t alone. Start with a quick phone call to your favorite pizza place. Ours actually asked my husband if we wanted the heart shaped pizza when he called to place the order. (With a preschooler and a newborn at the time, Valentine’s Day can take on a new form… Different with more of a family focus but still just as enjoyable.) Ever observant, our young daughter could tell that the pizza shop dialogue had changed from the typical “that’s it, okay, thanks” response. Now getting in on the secret, she was so excited about the prospect of a Valentine’s Day pizza in the shape of a heart. She loves secrets and did a good job not telling Mommy about it.
Popular pizza chains like Papa John’s and Pizza Hut typically offer heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day as well. First of all, be sure to call and ask unless you can confirm the option online. If you are extra lucky, you can score heart shaped pizza delivery so you don’t even have to leave your couch until you hear the doorbell.
Order a Heart Shaped Pizza Online
For anyone who’s had Chicago style deep dish pizza, you likely already know that cravings can strike at any time. Unfortunately, unless you live within a short drive of the Windy City, or unless you have a spouse who is a pilot who brings you home a deep dish pizza after a trip to Chicago (husband of the year right there!), you are probably not going to get this pizza very often. That is of course, unless you decide to order yourself heart pizza Chicago deep dish style (or learn to make it)…
You can order a heart shaped pizza online from Taste of Chicago with a variety of toppings and combinations to satisfy your cravings. Just be prepared to pay the big bucks for this novelty. While I have yet to try any Chicago deep dish other than Gino’s East, I invite you to please leave a comment if you’ve ever tried these heart pizzas!
Watch out for Pizza Heart Imposters
Heart shaped pies come in all shapes and sizes. Also, they have many possible flavor combinations. It’s hard to end up with a bad pizza, but it is still possible. When you order from a pizza chain, you may find that all heart shaped pizzas are not created equal. In these cases, whipping up pizza from scratch may be the better option.
Make Your Own Pizza Heart
Homemade pizza dough is easy enough to make and many families keep a favorite recipe on hand to whip up at a moment’s notice. Making a homemade heart shaped pizza or personal pizzas in the shape of a heart can be a great food activity for the whole family to enjoy. Finally, here are some simple steps to get you started with your Valentine’s pizzas.
- Make your favorite pizza dough and allow to rise if necessary.
- Roll out the dough and shape it into a heart. Pull, twist and use a knife to cut the dough. Pay close mind to the process of forming the crust along the edges.
- Spoon sauce into the center of the dough and spread outwards.
- Sprinkle mozzarella or any cheese blend of your choice on top of the sauce. (Or avoid this step for toddlers suspicious of cheese.)
- Add toppings as desired.
- Bake according to the instructions in your recipe. Watch for the dough and cheese to turn golden brown.
Make Your Own Mini Heart Pizzas
Also, you can make mini heart pizzas using a large cookie cutter and English muffins. Here’s how:
- Use a metal heart cookie cutter (or a knife) to cut a heart out of an English muffin. Repeat as needed.
- Spoon sauce onto the heart and spread.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
- Add fun toppings that your kids are sure to love – bacon, ham, grilled chicken, cut hotdogs, mushrooms, pineapple, and more.
- Bake at 375 for about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool and serve.
With a heart shaped pizza, Valentine’s Day can be casual without being any less romantic. Now that you know where to get a heart shaped pizza and the easiest way to make one, remember that Valentine’s Day only comes once a year but you can enjoy heart shaped food anytime your heart desires. Above all, a pizza heart is just one example of a fun and tasty heart shaped dinner you and your loved ones can enjoy on Valentine’s Day and beyond. Feel free to share any of your other fun food suggestions in our comments below!