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Food of Love Heart-Shaped Pizza

Whether Valentine’s Day is coming up soon or you simply want to make something to put a smile on your partner’s or child’s face, this heart-shaped pizza is definitely the way to go. You can either make one large pizza or four individual ones, as you prefer. We are keeping things simple, using sauce, mozzarella and tomatoes, as well as a little oregano, or else you can use your own preferred toppings, like mushrooms, pepperoni, onion, olives, or anything else you would like to add.

We are using thawed bread dough to make the crust, since readymade heart-shaped crusts can be a little more difficult to find, even close to Valentine’s Day! Thaw the bread dough according to the instructions on the package, then you can either stretch or roll it out, making a heart shape which is pretty much even in thickness. Try to get it about an inch thick. You can either make one or four separate ones if you have enough baking trays. Use any kind of pizza sauce you want, either bottled or homemade, then you can add the cheese and tomatoes.

If you are using regular tomatoes, chop them and discard the seeds. You only need the flesh because the seeds can make the pizza soggy if you are using a lot of tomato. Another option is using cherry tomatoes, either halved, quartered or chopped. Then you can add anything else you like – tuna, olives, cooked chicken or shrimp, pineapple – the sky is the limit really! Bake the crust in the oven for 10 minutes first, before adding the sauce and toppings, then give it another 10 to 20 minutes, or until it is done. Continue reading

Homemade Italian Style Pizza

Despite beliefs to the contrary, Italians did not invent pizza, but that honor belongs to an American. However, Italians certainly have improved pizza since the day that it was invented, and you will find that the Italian style of pizza is a simple one that is delightful and flavorful. Making your own homemade Italian pizza can be one of the best ways to enjoy the unique cuisine from Italy in the comfort of your own home.

The Italian pizza differs slightly from American pizza. The main difference is that the tomato sauce is much more acidic, the pizza crust is very thin, and there are few toppings used aside from tomatoes and green herbs. Making this style of pizza by following the recipe below can be a lot of fun, and you will find that making pizza has never been easier.

While this style of pizza may not be what you are used to, you will quickly find yourself growing to love Italian style pizza. The combination of the rich cheese with the tangy acidity of the tomato sauce and the salty crust has always been a popular mix, but the fresh tomatoes, basil, and oregano added as the toppings will be the perfect way to enjoy your pizza. Continue reading

Deep Dish Pizza with Pepperoni

This deep dish pizza recipe is simple to make and is a really hearty dinner. There is nothing complicated about making deep dish pizza and you might even find the mixing and kneading to be a stress reliever!

The onion salt and garlic salt gives the dough in this deep dish pepperoni pizza recipe a nice flavor and the pepperoni topping contrasts well with the parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. This pizza is a particular favorite amongst kids but you will find the adults love it too. Pepperoni pizza is one of the most popular types of pizza in existence and with this homemade pizza recipe; you can make your own delicious version of it.

There is a time and place for thin and crispy crust pizzas, but sometimes nothing but a deep dish pizza will cut it, so if you want something you can really sink your teeth into you might like to consider this recipe. Of course you can tweak it too, adding any other toppings you want to use. Do you have some leftover canned corn in the refrigerator, or some leftover shredded chicken breast? Go ahead and add those if you want. Continue reading

Popular Pepperoni Pizza on a Garlic Crust

Pepperoni is the most requested pizza topping of all time and with this delicious recipe for homemade pizza you can create pepperoni pizza at home as a treat for the family. A lot of pizza recipes contain pepperoni but this one has lots of pepperoni in it so nobody can complain that their slice is short on their favorite pizza topping!

Also, these are personal pizzas so everyone gets the same amount. The pepperoni is teamed with mozzarella cheese, which goes beautifully stringy and stretchy when hot, mushrooms and tomatoes for plenty of nutrients and flavor too. This is one of our pizza dough recipes, which you can make in a bread machine to save time.

Just look at the pizza in the picture and see how generously topped it is. Seriously, it is hard to look at without your mouth watering, so just imagine how it smells and of course how it tastes! As for making it, well that is an easy process too. You will be using a bread machine to make your own crust, although if you prefer to use readymade dough or a rolled-out crust from the store, that is your prerogative. It depends how much time you have available too, but even if you use a readymade crust the pizza will still technically be homemade because the pepperoni and other toppings are prepared and added by you, and you are baking the pizza. Continue reading

Spinach and Shrimp Pizza Recipe

There are grilled pizza recipes and baked pizza recipes and most of them are interchangeable depending on your mood and the weather! The following shrimp pizza recipe combines spinach, cheese, mushrooms and shrimps, which all go wonderfully together.

Herbs are used to add flavor and the sauce for this shrimp pizza recipe is a combination of milk, garlic and cornstarch rather than the traditional tomato based pizza sauce, because the more delicate white sauce goes better with the delicately flavored seafood topping. Whether you are making grilled pizza recipes or baked pizza recipes, it is vital to keep an eye on the pizza while cooking to ensure you remove it from the oven as soon as the cheese has melted.

Shrimp can be used on all kinds of pizzas because, just like chicken, it is a versatile ingredient, and will team with pretty much any flavors such as spicy ones or even the sweetness of fruit. This recipe features aromatic hints such as oregano, basil and garlic. The pinkness of the shrimp paired with the vivid green of the spinach and the yellow cheese makes this a feast for the eyes as well as for the palate. The creamy, homemade garlic sauce is really decadent too, and preparing it is a breeze. This is a well-rounded pizza which is sure to appeal to pizza fans everywhere. Continue reading

Turkey Club Pizza

This is an extremely quick turkey club pizza to make. A readymade pizza crust is used as the base and mayonnaise, turkey lunchmeat, and bacon give the pizza flavor and texture. Cheese is sprinkled over the top and baked until it melts and then lettuce and tomato are arranged on top of this turkey club pizza to finish it off.

For a quick yet satisfying lunch, this is one of the best pizza recipes to try out. You can also eat the pizza cool and it is great for picnics too. You can add a bit of hot sauce to the pizza if you like and maybe black pepper. The meat gives it all the salt it needs.

There are all kinds of pizza recipes to choose from but if you want something quick and easy, this one is certainly worth considering. Although it is simple, it is still better than a frozen or delivery pizza because of the fresher flavor. Making your own pizza is also easier on your wallet! Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

Even if you are brand new to this cuisine, you will be able to find all kinds of tempting recipes here. I have been collecting classic Italian recipes, all conveniently in one place, along with unusual recipes from Italy plus some dishes inspired by Italian cuisine.

When the weather is cold, a baked pasta dish or juicy pork or veal recipe might be ideal. During the summer months, an Italian salad might be your dish of choice. We have vegetarian recipes, Italian soups, and even tips on how to work with Italian ingredients for the best results, whether you are making lasagna, gnocchi or an Italian casserole


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