EAT. PIZZA. LOVE.
Since becoming parents, Valentine’s Day at home has been our norm, so this year won’t feel much different in lockdown times. We’ve been making so many lovey dovey themed recipes for the blog this month, we’ll probably take a bit of a break and do a combo meal of part homemade, part take out to show some local love. Kinda like this Pizza Bianca D’amore recipe which used a Traditional Pizza Focaccia Dough kit from one of our favourite Italian specialty food shops Nonna’s Pantry we elevated with a few simple extra steps. If you’re looking for a simple side or main dish to make for your lovefest at home with the family, give this delish Pizza Bianca D’amore recipe a try. Easy on the prep, heavy on the L-O-V-E!
About the Pizza Bianca D’amore Recipe
What is Pizza Bianca?
In Italy, Pizza Bianca (“white pizza”) is a pie made without tomato sauce and usually topped with a combo of olive oil, coarse salt, veg (tomatoes, greens, onions, etc.) or potatoes. It’s a sister recipe to the Focaccia – which has a higher rise time due to more yeast in the dough & is therefore fluffier in appearance. You can make a simple, fresh dough, or use your favourite store-bought variety. We keep a stash of pre-made dough in the freezer year-round.
Pizza Bianca is a great one to make ahead of having guests over and tastes dee-lish straight from the oven or at room temp. There’s no meat, so you can leave out a platter of it sliced up a while and nibble at your leisure, making it a perfect option for your Valentine’s Day family grazing table!
Because we used a Pizza kit, all the basic dry ingredients (flour & active yeast) were included in one convenient tin & required adding just over a cup of warm water and about a tablespoon of olive oil. The seasoning for this recipe was added during the hand-mixer kneading step. If you’re using store-bought, premade dough, add the seasoning on top of the stretched pizza dough after you brush on the olive oil. We used Herbs de Provence seasoning, but you could also use an Italian or pizza seasoning blend, dried rosemary, or similar.
Pizza Toppings & Word Art
We used a simple combo of olive oil, grape tomatoes, fresh rosemary & sea salt. For the L-O-V-E edible word art, we found using chives the simplest [it’s funny the patience DadChef and I muster in making food things we don’t have otherwise ;)]. Other toppings that would work for pizza/focaccia word art include finely peeled asparagus and bell peppers or zucchini sliced thinly.
Tip: no matter which type of dough you end up using it is best & easiest to stretch pizza dough at room temperature. If using a store-bought version, remove from the fridge at least 30 mins prior to prep time. For homemade dough, the key is allowing enough “rise time” – at least 1 hour & up to 2 hours.
Pizza Bianca D'amore Recipe | La Cucina di Kerrs
- Sheet pan
- 1 Pizza Dough Kit or Portion of pre-made store-bought dough *for pizza dough kits, you'll need the specified measurements of warm water & olive oil*
- Olive Oil *enough to coat your sheet pan lightly & drizzle over top of the dough*
- 1 tbsp Herbs de Provence or Pizza Seasoning
- Fresh Chives *about 7 to spell L-O-V-E*
- 1 handful Grape or cherry tomatoes sliced in halves
- Fleur de sel/coarse salt to taste
- Fresh rosemary sprigs to taste
- Parmesan Cheese fine shredded
- Make your pizza dough according to the kit's directions and let rise for at least an hour or remove your store-bought portion from the fridge and bring it to room temp on the counter for at least 30 minutes. If using a pizza dough kit, add the Herbs de Provence (or similar seasoning) during the kneading step.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Drizzle olive oil over sheet pan to lightly coat. Stretch out the pizza dough using your fingers until the dough hovers and rests near the edges. Brush olive oil on top of the dough [*if using store-bought dough, add a sprinkle of your seasoning on top of the dough here and spread around with the olive oil*].
- Spell out L-O-V-E using the chives in the center of the dough. Add your tomatoes, rosemary & any other toppings you fancy around the rest of the dough. Sprinkle some sea salt/fleur de sel & parmesan cheese over top of the pizza & bake on your oven's middle rack approx. 15-20 mins until edges of the dough turn golden. Remove from the oven and let sit about 5 mins before slicing. Serve on your favourite food board as a main or side. That's it! Buon appetito! Tag us on social @House_of_Kerrs #LaCucinadiKerrs if you try!
How to Serve Pizza Bianca D’amore
I mean, I know you don’t need to be told how to eat pizza – just MANGIARE (eat!) – but if you’re looking to serve this Pizza Bianca D’amore recipe as a side rather than a main, these are some of our favourite foods to pair it with for your Valentine’s Day-at-home family grazing table or sit-down menu:
Sweet & Savoury Charcuterie
If your love for a good Pizza Bianca is fierce like ours is, here are two other recipes that are molto delizioso and get gobbled up in a flash around here:
And a good Love Fest wouldn’t be complete without the DOLCE! We think you should give our BE MINE NUT-FREE ICE CREAM CAKE recipe a try! Food-torial on how to make this simple + sweet dessert HERE.
However you’re celebrating, we hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with the things, people & food you love most [and parents, maybe that good bottle of vino you’ve been saving ;)]! Cheers to life’s simple joys we get to love on wholeheartedly without all the flashy distractions this year!
Keep well, eat well & love with all you’ve got,