Easy Heart-Shaped Pizza-Making Station
By Jen Kossowan, Mama.Papa.Bubba.
Jan 29, 2015
One of the things I love doing as a mama is setting out simple ‘meal-creation stations’ for my daughter. They’re almost always very simple—just a few ingredients plus the required tools—but she loves them and I love the fact that she’s acquiring all sorts of basic kitchen skills and learning to create her own food at home.
One of our favourites for this time of year is a heart-shaped pizza making station. With Valentine’s Day just a couple of weeks away, heart-shaped pizza is great for a quick but festive lunch at home, and it’s perfect for special themed parties and play dates too!
What you need
- wholewheat pita bread (flat bread or tortilla shells work too)
- tomato sauce (pesto sauce is delicious also)
- grated cheese (we used provolone this time)
- toppings of your choice
- dried oregano, if desired
- large heart-shaped cookie cutters
- a small spoon
1. Alright, let’s get started! First things first, use your cookie cutter to create several pita bread hearts. This part may require a little bit of adult help, but when fresh, the pita bread at our local grocery store is thick and soft, so it’s actually quite an easy job. Now, tuck away the excess bits for future use. I like to chop ours up, toss them in a little bit of oil and some seasonings/herbs, and roast them until crunchy to create pita chips, but you can obviously use yours as you please.
2. Time for the fun part: dressing up the pizzas! Start by adding a spoonful or two of sauce first and then spread it around evenly using the back of your spoon. This step provides little ones with a great fine motor skill workout and works on their hand-eye coordination too.
3. Next, add the cheese, your favourite toppings, and a sprinkling of dried oregano if you wish. This time around, we went really simple and just did one of my daughters favourites, red peppers, but to add to the fun I used a mini cookie cutter to cut out a few heart-shaped peppers and she thought that was a pretty great touch.
4. Next, pop your pizzas onto a baking sheet and bake them for 5 to 8 minutes at 350°F. When the cheese is good and melty, I like to crank up the heat and broil the pizzas for just a minute to get the tops nice and golden.
5. That’s it! Now all you have to do is be patient enough to let your pizzas cool for just a minute before diving in. Enjoy!