To be extra cheesy, either shape your pizza into a heart shape. Or just add more mozzarella and parmesan. Hyuk hyuk.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I can’t even remember the last time I was excited about V-Day. Maybe in middle school when carnations and candy-grams were sold, and the more you collected, the more popular you looked. How lame and superficial now that I think back on it. But those were the woeful days of adolescence, I guess.

Now that I’m thirty-something and have a permanent Valentine, Valentine’s Day has turned into a consumer-driven joke of a holiday. It’s not even really a holiday. We all still have to go to work on Tuesday. Double-lame.

I realize this post is sounding cynical. But in reality, I feel like every day should celebrate those we love. Not just spouses and significant others but parents, cousins, friends, and pets. Why should it be just one day a year that we do something nice for those we love? Indeed, Valentine’s Day exists only to make Americans waste their money on bouquets and stuffed bears and to make the singles feel worse. Bah humbug.

People ask me what my husband and I are doing for V-Day. A few years ago, I enjoyed going out to a nice restaurant. Then it would be just going out to any restaurant and engaging in the act of conversation and communion together. This year, I just want to cook a meal at home with my hubby.

Last time, I gave you lamb chops. But if you’re not that fancy food kind of person, here’s a less expensive yet just as tasty alternative. What is more romantic than Italian food? Ever since we bought a bread machine, we’ve enjoyed making our own pizza dough at home. The possibilities are endless for pizza—you can virtually top it with anything you see lying around in your fridge. That’s the beauty of it. Lately, my favorite toppings for homemade pizza are prosciutto, arugula, and fresh mozzarella. After our pie at San Francisco’s Pizzeria Delfina, I became a fan of arugula. I used to dislike this leafy green because of its bitterness, but now I find the dry taste a good balance to richer, fattier foods (like prosciutto). Maybe I’m all growns up now. **Tear**

If you get the right fresh ingredients, this simple pizza will blow you away. So go ahead, score some points with your Valentine by way of the stomach. Or if you’re single, indulge yourself. If the Blind can Cook it, so can you. Buon appetito!


: Prosciutto Arugula Pizza

: Uses pizza dough made from a bread machine


  1. 1 c. flat beer
  2. 2 tbsp. butter
  3. 2 tbsp. sugar
  4. 1 tsp. salt
  5. 2.5 c. all-purpose flour
  6. 2.25 tsp. yeast
  7. dried herbs to taste (oregano, rosemary, thyme)
  8. olive oil
  9. pizza sauce
  10. prosciutto, cut into strips
  11. arugula, roughly chopped
  12. fresh buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced
  13. parmesan cheese


  1. Add beer, butter, sugar, salt, flour, yeast, and any herbs if using into bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select DOUGH setting, and press START.
  2. Remove dough from machine when cycle is complete. Roll or press dough to cover pizza pans or stones, using dusted flour to prevent dough from sticking. Brush lightly with olive oil. Cover and let stand 15 min.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Bake empty pizza crusts for approx. 10 min.
  5. Remove from oven and add sauce and mozzarella. Bake another 10 to 15 min. or until crust is lightly browned and crispy.
  6. Remove from oven, top with prosciutto and arugula. Grate parmesan cheese to taste. Serve hot.


or a much quicker method, use premade pizza crust like Boboli.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

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15 Discussion to this post

  1. esther says:

    This looks so good! What if you don't have a bread machine?

    • theblindcook says:

      Esther, sorry it took so long to reply. I hope you forgive me after reading my latest entry. 😉 I would say if you don't have a bread machine, then you'll have to knead the sh*t out of that dough. Knead like your life depends on it. My advice? Scrimp up some moolah and get yourself a bread machine. Your house will smell heavenly.

  2. dark mark says:

    do you use a pizza stone or just throw it on a baking sheet? i recently found a recipe for deep dish cast-iron pizza i have been wanting to try as well.

    • theblindcook says:

      I have both a pizza stone and a pizza pan. I prefer the pizza stone. You can use a plain ol' baking sheet if in a pinch but a stone can be inexpensive and well worth the crispy crust. And who doesn't love a crispy crust?

  3. meo says:

    can i make this with my hand? kneel the dough by my hand ?

  4. Beverly says:

    So I'm still trying to figure out where you find this thing called "flat beer." I've never met a beer that could sit around long enough to go flat before being consumed promptly. All joking aside, given how much I love pizza and my breadmaker, I can't wait to try this one. I think I went through a 25 lb of flour in the first 2 months I found out you could make pizza dough in the thing. I used to be relegated to the shelf behind the sausage stuffer but now it's front and center on the counter. Esther – they've really gone down in price over the last few years. I got mine for under $40. Two things to look for – does it make dough and can you set the crust darkness? the other settings are superfluous on my machine.

    As for pizza stones, if you live in a large enough city or near one (i don't), you can purchase an unglazed quarry tile (like for the floor but make SURE it's unglazed) from your local building supply store for barely over $1. you can even leave it on the floor of the oven and use it to make things irish soda bread and or bagels.

  5. ailenetaggert says:

    This pizza was DELICIOUS! We absolutely loved it! .. I also found different pizza recipes on gourmetrecipe site. It all turned out great ..

  6. Wallace Holmes says:

    This is one great addition to our stack of recipes in the family kitchen. Recently, we made our own perth frozen cocktails and I tell you, my kids enjoyed it. I will definitely try to get one of these bread machines. Kudos to you!

  7. Joseph Fury says:

    I'm definitely not as much of a wiz in the kitchen as you are, but, if you don't mind, I'd like to make a customized version of this recipe. My idea isn't final yet, but what I can say right now is I'll be adding some pepperoni, bacon, and maybe lamb bits.

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  9. Pizza is my most favorite one fast food and most of the time me and my husband enjoy it in restaurant at night. But your home made pizza and bread machine conception is very delightful to me. Your bread machine writing makes me impress to enjoy bread or pizza in my home. Hopefully, I'll buy one bread machine in this month for enjoying bread and pizza in my home.

  10. Jenny Hunt says:

    Look so delicious your pizza recipe conception that is able to makes impress to enjoy this recipe at my home. I've never enjoyed home made pizza but your writing makes me impress to enjoy it at my home. Thanks 🙂

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