Loving People or Loving Food... Valentines is a-ok

Loving People or Loving Food... Valentines is a-ok

Personally, I'm not a huge Valentine's Day celebrator. I'm not sure if it's from being more or less carefree during my 20's without any real attachment to celebrating relationships that I was likely screwing up anyway or just because I hated the color pink for the entire decade but there are a few things I like about. Bowls of candy when I walk into a business, a random card from a thoughtful friend or an excuse to eat something delicious. In this case, Leah Behr and I teamed up. Her blog is bae and her IG feed is full of affordable and trendy clothing. Make sure to give her a follow for her take on this Valentine's Day Date idea.. Or non-date.. It's homemade pizza, can't hate. 
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Prosciutto & Crimini Mushroom Grilled Pizza

with Rosemary Asiago and Shaved Parmesan Cheese

Disclaimer, Leah's version is a bit heathier than mine. Click Here to get in on her style.

1 portion of Garlic + Herb Pizza Dough from Trader Joes (any premade will do)
1 package of Priscutto
1 small Package of Crimini Mushrooms
EVOO or Avo Oil
Asiago Rosemary Cheese (we bought a block and grated the portion at home)
Shaved Reggiano + Parm (we used Whole Foods)
Cream Fraiche 

The good news, there aren't exact measurements here because you're building your own. The real trick here lies in the grilling of the pizza. Leah actually gave me this idea during the Summer and it instantly became a favorite and a staple in our home. Luckily I was behind the camera for most of this shoot and I was able to watch the pizza grilling master at work. Next time I make it for Justin he'll be able to tell that I've really stepped up my game.

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Directions:
Our choice of dough from Trader Joe's says to let the dough sit out for 20 minutes, so we did. In the meantime, sip wine. Okay ok, sprinkle the countertop or work area of choice with a bit of flour and divide in two. This works great if you are wanting a little variety but just have one pack of dough. Leah and I put our techniques to work and hers came out perfect and mine came out looking like a large piece of toast... It's fine. Place raw dough on a hot grill for five minutes. Remove dough from grill and take inside. Flip the dough over so that the raw side is down. You'll top the grilled side from here. We both poured olive oil on the crust, I spread creme fraiche on top along with crimini mushrooms and small pieces of prosciutto. Leah skipped the CF. From there it goes back on the grill, the raw side facing down again. Let cook for about five more minutes. Slice, plate, enjoy! 

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Grilled Pizza Dough? Yum!

Only one side to start, then back to the kitchen for toppings before grilling the underneath!

Emily Salberg | @thefemininecollective | Denver, CO

Emily Salberg | @thefemininecollective | Denver, CO

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