This time of year sort of depresses me. Usually it’s gloomy out, and the fact that my valentines are my kiddos only. 😔. I’ve been struggling lately with all of that. It’s not that I am not completely grateful for everything that I have and everyone that is in my life. It’s just hard knowing that there is so much living for you to do, and except for God, you’ll be doing it alone. Well, really, He is the only One who matters, but sometimes I long for someone to chat over the day’s events and snuggle with on the couch.
Ok, so enough of the pity party (and on to the pizza party!) Every year we make pizza for Valentine’s day. Since I cook on Tuesdays, Valentine’s day dinner fell to me this year. Fine. I’d pick up some pizza from our local take and bake and load it with a few extra toppings and we’d be all set. Right…just one thing…they weren’t open today! What??!!!
What now? Luckily I had been pondering pizza for a few weeks and thinking about a place I used to stop into before I knew I had celiac disease, called Sgt. Pepperoni’s. Oh such good pizza bread! So… pizza bread.
That got me thinking about garlic bread. Wouldn’t it be awesome to combine the two? Absolutely! It was heavenly! Just don’t do it if you’re single and dating, unless you both eat it! Otherwise, the garlic will kill you!
I started with four packages of Schar Gluten free sandwich rolls, which I cut in half, though you could use a baguette, etc.
For the sandwich rolls I used the following to make the garlic bread:
1 1/2 sticks salted butter
3 Tbsp. minced garlic
On a large jellyroll pan, sprayed with your favorite gf nonstick cooking spray place your halved sandwich rolls (or baguette, etc.) Melt the butter in the microwave and then add the garlic. With a spoon drizzle/spread the garlic-butter mixture on the halved sandwich rolls. Bake in the oven at 350°F for about 20 minutes, or until toasty and lightly browned.
Top with your favorite pizza sauce (I used Classico Four Cheese – Yum!) Next add your toppings. For two of the kiddos, that means just pepperoni. For Child #4, it means scallions (green onions) and pepperoni. For me, drained tomatoes, green peppers, pepperoni, scallions, and black olives (which I left off this time, as I was exhausted and couldn’t see the point!)
Top with your favorite cheese (I prefer whole milk mozzarella!) and return to the oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Be careful, because it will be really nice and hot when it’s done!
Get ready to enjoy an awesome pizza bread supper!
Just a Note: This is super delicious, but does take a bit of time to prepare and bake. Make sure to leave about an hour and a half for prep and cook time. Of course, if you don’t want all the sliceable toppings, that will save a lot of time, but for me, a pizza isn’t really a pizza unless it has green peppers, tomatoes, pepperoni, and scallions! All told, it took about an hour and a half for our dinner, but so worth it!
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For some reason, pizza is just perfect for Valentine’s Day. And don’t worry, you may feel lonely now but I’m sure you’ll meet someone when the time is right. Everything will happen as it’s supposed to.