Valentine’s day is just around the corner! Create a delicious meal straight from the heart by starting with my Classic Pizza Margherita. Made with spelt flour crust and fresh toppings, you can’t go wrong with this healthy meal on a hearty day!
Now in case some of you are wondering if I’m only going to only post Valentine’s Day themed recipes for the rest of the month, the answer is not really. I will be sharing some recipe ideas which you guys can create for the occasion, but these recipes can also be used for many other occasions as well. After all, I believe that Valentine’s Day should be celebrated everyday with the people you love, at least that’s how I celebrate mine! Although I wouldn’t mind celebrating it everyday with a slice of classic pizza margherita. Yum!
The best part about making this pizza was having ready made dough to work with which saved a lot of time. I had left over dough from the Chicken Parmesan Pizza I made a couple months ago and it still maintained its freshness. Since making the pizza dough alone takes about two hours or more, I was quite pleased that the pizza dough recipe I used made two servings. I find that left over pizza dough could last you for 2 to 4 months in the freezer, provided it is sealed properly. All I had to do was thaw the pizza dough in the refrigerator overnight, roll it out onto the pizza pan, layer it with my toppings and bake! Easy peasy and oh so cheesy!
In other exciting news, I *drumroll* will be starting YouTube tutorials on how I make my recipes! It definitely has been in the works for a while now but it’s finally happening and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. I will also be featured on The Young Pros podcast talking about what it’s like to be a young professional in the food industry. The Podcast will be released in February so I will keep you guys posted! A lot of things are looking up for me this year and all I can do is keep my optimism moving in the positive direction. Wishing everyone an amazing week!
yield: ONE 12-INCH PIZZA
prep time: 3o minutes
total time: 55 minutes
Half of one homemade pizza dough
2/3 cup homemade marinara sauce or pizza sauce
2 chopped garlic cloves
2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
5-6 slices mozzarella Fresca
1 medium tomato, sliced
Fresh basil leaves, for topping
Black pepper, optional
1. preheat oven to 475 degrees F and line a pizza pan with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl or plate, mix garlic and olive oil together and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
3. Sprinkle some flour on the lined pizza pan and a rolling pin. Gently roll out the thawed pizza dough on the pan until all the edges of the pan are covered. Brush garlic and olive oil mixture on the pizza dough and poke all the edges of the dough with a fork.
4. Top with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes. Place the pizza in the oven and make for 16 minutes until the edges are brown. Remove the pizza from the oven and top with basil leaves and black pepper. Serve this classic pizza margherita with your favorite beverage!