If you caught all the BTS (behind the scenes) action on our stories on Instagram, this weekend, you know I had a blast with Fortitude and Finn whipping up a fun Valentines Day Date idea for you and your sig oth.
A CUTE VALENTINES DAY DATE IDEA
Brandon and I usually don’t make a big fuss about Valentine’s Day, but I still like to do something that’s special, or out of the ordinary from what we typically do. And, since V-Day falls on a weeknight, this year (and I’m typically whipping up the quickest 30 minute meal I can think of), I decided it would be fun to surprise him with a homemade grilled pizza night.
Grilling pizzas can sound intimidating, but it’s a super simple way to take your at-home pizza night to the next level.
For the pizza recipe, you really don’t have to overthink it. Just start with your favorite pre-made dough (we used garlic and herb pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, but Whole Foods has a great option, too). One bag of premade dough will be enough for two personal pizzas, or one big pizza. I prefer the two personal pizza options, because then I can top mine however I like. Just sayin.
The key trick for making grilled pizzas, is to make sure you grill one side, before topping the pizza, so that the side with the toppings isn’t mushy. In other words, once you form your pizza, you’ll put the one side on the grill for about 5 minutes, or until done. Then, take the pizza off and put your toppings on the grilled size, before putting the dough side back on the grill, for about another five minutes.
Heart Elbow Sweater here.
Be sure to head over to Fortitude and Finn to see more photos from our Valentines Day Date. 😉 I’ve also included the recipe for our exact pizzas below.
1 portion of Garlic + Herb Pizza Dough from Trader Joes (any premade will do)
1 package of Prosciutto
1 small Package of Crimini Mushrooms
Asiago Rosemary Cheese (we bought a block and grated the portion at home)
Shaved Reggiano + Parm (we used Whole Foods)
Optional *Cream Fraiche (this was on Karen’s pizza, but I had concerns, so I passed)
Grease the grill, and heat on medium-high.
For two pizzas, cut the dough in half. Sprinkle flour on your surface area, so the dough doesn’t stick. Roll out your dough using your hands or a roller. (If you have pizza tossing skills, you can totally toss that sucker!) When needed, it’s helpful to hold the dough up (see 1st pic) so that it droops a little, then roll out until you get the desired pizza shape/thickness.
Place pizzas on grill, and close lid. Grill for 5 minutes, or until desired.
Remove pizzas from grill. Drizzle EVOO on the grilled side. Top with cheese, prosciutto, and mushrooms. *take a swig of your wine* Put pizzas back on grill for 5 minutes, or til done.
Photos by Elan Photographie Studio