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I Heart Tomatoes Pizza

February 11, 2015

It's almost Valentine's Day, and I got a little romantic in the kitchen this week creating a recipe for from-scratch tomato-topped pizza with basil. It's a great way to show both your affection for tomatoes and love for the awesome people in your life with this I Heart Tomatoes Pizza.

While my family aren't huge Valentine's celebrators, we always do a few little special things for each other. And for the past 15 years, every Valentine's I bake my husband and son each a massive heart-shaped cookie with their initials spelled out in chocolate chips.

I had that family tradition in mind when thinking of ways to bring tomatoes to a fun Valentine's themed dinner (or romantic afternoon snack) and made some tester heart-shaped pizzas topped with fresh Windset Farms red and gold grape tomatoes. "This tastes amazing," my husband mumbled mid-bite, "did you write down the recipe?". The funny thing was, while these pizzas look pretty and taste even better, the recipe couldn't be simpler and there's lots of ways to customize ingredients to suite the palates of your loved ones, so don't be afraid to get creative.

The Tomatoes

I've used a combination of fresh greenhouse grown Windset Farms Concerto Gold and Red Grape Tomatoes for this recipe. They pack a big punch of flavour for such tiny orbs, roast well in the oven and look lovely on top of this tasty pie. If you're not into grape tomatoes, try thin sliced Windset Romas.

The Dough

Because I'm all about learning to make things from scratch, I recommend giving homemade pizza dough a try. It's not that difficult and the texture and flavour are so worth it. Here's my Simple Pizza Dough recipe. And hey, if you're busy, buy frozen dough from the store, this recipe is about the love, not about the stress. Make one big heart to share, or several smaller personal-sized hearts.

The Sauce

So, what do you like? Through many tasty trials, I've discovered that Windset Farms tomatoes pair well with a variety of pizza sauces. If you're feeling adventurous, try making Fresh Roma Tomato Marinara from scratch, or used your favourite bottled marinara or pizza sauce. Tomatoes always go well with pesto-sauced pizza, here's a recipe for a quick Cashew Basil Pesto or use a jar from your fav pesto producer. Or go luxurious and decadent (hey, it's Valentine's Day, treat yourself!) and make a thick Garlic Cream Sauce for a I Heart Tomatoes White Pizza.

The Cheese

Mozzarella or Parmesan. Don't go crazy with loading up too much cheese, one even layer will hold the tomatoes in place without getting too gooey with the extra juices the tomatoes release during baking.

The Garnish

For a pizza this stuffed with tomatoes, it's got to be basil. Chop and top with fresh basil leaves after baking, or make a basil puree with 1/2 cup of fresh basil and a few spoonfuls of olive oil, pureed until smooth. Drizzle or decorate the pizza with the puree before serving.

 

I Heart Tomatoes Pizza

Ingredients

1 large ball of pizza dough

1 package Windset Farms Concerto Gold Grape Tomatoes

1 package Windset Farms Concerto Red Grape Tomatoes

1 cup pizza sauce of your choice (see sauce suggestions above)

2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, or 1 cup grated parmesan

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (+1 or 2 tablespoon olive oil if pureeing)

Pinch of sea salt

Begin be letting your dough rise as instructed in the recipe or on frozen dough package. Preheat the oven to 425 F degrees.

Flour your countertop, then gently roll or hand stretch the dough out into a circle. Pinch and pull the bottom of the dough down to a point, and fold down the centre of the top of the circle to create the heart shape. Press down and pop any large bubbles in the dough, and form the edges of the heart into a small ridge (soon to be the crust) to hold in the tomatoes. Transfer the heart-shaped dough to a prepared baking sheet dusted with cornmeal or lined with parchment paper.

Once the dough is exactly the shape you want, cover it in an even layer of sauce, avoiding the edge of the crust. Add an even layer of cheese. Slice all the grape tomatoes in half, and begin following the heart-shaped edge of the crust with tomatoes, cut side facing up and pressing down slightly into the dough as you go to keep them in place. Sprinkle tomatoes with a dash of sea salt.

Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until the pizza is fully baked. Let it cool for a minute or two, then top with the fresh basil or basil puree.

Serve and devour.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Discolure: I have been provided with fresh vegetables from Windset Farms for review and recipe creation. All product opionions are my own.

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