I’m always looking for fun new date ideas – whether we stay in or go out! Tonight Nick and I had our own DIY pizza date night where we each made our own personal pizza to our specific tastes.
First, I had to show Nick how to properly flatten his dough so it didn’t lose all the air trapped within it. Even though we got flour pretty much…everywhere, we both were able to settle on a thickness that we preferred. I love my pizza thick crust, while Nick enjoys thin crust.
We seasoned our crusts with a garlic infused olive oil with some parsley and red pepper flakes added for flavor.
We took a risk and put our toppings onto the dough on the preheated pizza stone, but I definitely recommend using a pizza board dusted with corn meal if you have it available. Makes it much less likely to burn yourself, which I may or may not have done.
Nick was determined to make himself a Chicago style pizza (which he mostly thinks is just pizza, but with the sauce on top… no one tell him). He decked his out with mushrooms, jalapenos, sausage, and pepperoni.
My pizza, on the other hand, was made in the proper order of sauce first followed by cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms and sausage (and a touch more cheese).
We baked the pizzas on the stone until the cheese was melted and the crust was golden brown perfection.
Most nights Nick has to put up with me plating a dish for a blog-worthy pic, but when it’s up to him, all that’s on his mind is actually eating it.
His beautifully plated pizza:
Pizza date nights are fun for all ages and require little to skill to actually cook – so perfect for couples trying to learn to cook together or who just want something fun to do on a Friday night.
Just pick out your personal favorite toppings and buy some premade dough and sauce and you are on your way to a delicious date!
Pizza Date Night Ideas
- Preheat the oven (with a pizza stone, optional) to 425 F. Roll out your pizza dough on a clean surface dusted with flour. Roll the dough to be a half inch or thinner. The pizzas should be about 10 inches round.
- Place the flattened dough(s) on a flat board (like a wooden cutting board or pizza peel) dusted with corn meal.
- Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of sauce on with your desired amount of cheese and toppings. Shift the made up pizzas to the pizza stone by sliding them off the flat surface you built them on with the pizza peel, directly onto the pizza stone. You can also preheat a baking sheet in the oven if you don't have a pizza stone.
- Bake for 10-20 minutes, until the pizza crust is baked through and the toppings are melted together. Cool 5 minutes prior to cutting. Enjoy with your sweetheart!