Heart shaped pizza with a pretty pink balsamic beet spread <3
Valentine’s Day is just a few days away! It’s not something that we really celebrate in our house, I never expect flowers or chocolates from my husband – don’t get me wrong, we are madly in love (even after nearly 9 years!) – but Valentine’s Day just isn’t something we do. If you love someone, you shouldn’t just give them flowers on one day of the year – what makes Valentine’s Day so different from any other day? So what we lack in Valentine’s festivities, we make up for throughout the year with spontaneous gestures of love.
But on Valentine’s Day, I do like to make a special themed meal (even if it’s just something simple like heart-shaped chocolates for dessert). I remember making heart shaped pizzas a few years back in my pre-blogging days, but this year I thought I would make them using this lentil pizza crust recipe and top with with a beautifully pink beet spread.
I got the inspiration for this beet spread from my Instagram friend Eni @enieatspretty – I loved the colour of her spread, and thought it would go beautifully on this heart shaped pizza for Valentine’s Day!
Speaking of Instagram, I’m having a bit of an internal dilemma at the moment: am I a blogger with an Instagram account, or am I an Instagrammer with a blog? Does anyone else wonder the same thing sometimes? I feel like I’m pouring way more energy into Instagram than my actual blog at the moment, but I don’t suppose that’s a bad thing…I’m just following my heart <3
Show some love with a heart shaped pizza <3
Anyway, to make a heart shaped pizza, I simply poured a few tablespoons of the lentil batter onto the frying pan and quickly spread into a heart shape. I made mini pizzas, but by all means feel free to make full sized heart shaped pizzas, as big as your frying pan will allow!
- 2 cups dry red lentils
- 2 cups water
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 garlic clove
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
- ⅓ cup grated beetroot
- Or other toppings as desired
- Blend all pizza ingredients in a high speed speed blender (I use an Optimum 9400) until the lentils are broken down.
- Preheat a frying pan (I use a cast-iron griddle plate) over a low-medium heat - grease with a little splash of olive oil if needed.
- Spoon a few tablespoons of batter onto the frying pan (if making mini-pizzas - otherwise pour on about ½ cup batter) and use the spoon to shape into a heart.
- Fry for about 2-3 minutes, until the top is fairly cooked through, and flip.
- Fry for a further 2 minutes on the reverse side, then transfer to a plate while you repeat with the remaining batter.
- Blend all beet spread ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Spread onto the pizzas.
- Top with toppings of your choice (I used strawberries, basil and radishes).
- OPTIONAL: You may bake for 10 minutes but I really enjoyed the raw vegetables on top.
I love reading your comments – please leave your comments, thoughts, questions or reviews below:
- What’s on the menu at your place this V Day?
- Are you one of those couples who don’t give each other Valentine’s gifts either?
- Are you an Instagrammer with a blog, or a blogger with an Instagram?
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