Heart-Shaped Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizza

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Heart-Shaped Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Heart-Shaped Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Heart-Shaped Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Pizza | A Couple Cooks

Whatever your feelings about Valentine’s Day, can we just rally around a day to celebrate love? Here in the dead of winter with some serious goings on in the American political climate, we’re desperately in need of a love holiday. Not just romantic love, but straight up love-your-neighbor love. The kind that doesn’t care about skin color or ethnicity or orientation. The kind of love that doesn’t say anger-provoking words and instead is thoughtful and respectful. The kind of love that celebrates differences and lives in trust, not fear. The kind of love that is kind. Please say that kind of love still out there?

We’re desperately in need of a love holiday.

This Valentine’s Day, could it be less about the red roses and cheesy cards and more about the kind of love that extends grace to our neighbors? That welcomes people into homes and shares meals around a table? The kind of love that brings reconciliation despite long-held grudges?

We originally created this caramelized onion and Brussels sprout pizza as an idea for a fun Valentine’s Day dinner for two, accompanied by a lovely winter salad maybe. There’s nothing more fun than making shapes out of your food, right? But as we’re pondering world events as of late, perhaps it could extend as a symbol of that larger love, too? We’ll let you decide.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Make it a meal

Serve with a kale salad for a hearty meal.


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Caramelized Onion and Brussels Sprout Heart-Shaped Pizzas

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 1 pizza


  • 1 pizza dough (stand mixer or food processor methods)
  • 3 large Vidalia onions (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for the pizza
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for the pizza
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 to 3 Brussels sprouts
  • 1/3 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Pecorino cheese, to garnish


  1. Prepare the dough using either the stand mixer or food processor methods (you also can knead by hand; follow this video instruction for more). Follow the preparation instructions in the dough recipe if prepared in advance.
  2. To make the caramelized onions: Peel, halve, and slice the onions as thinly as possible. In a very large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions, which can mound in the skillet if necessary. Saute, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes until soft and translucent. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt and reduce the heat to medium-low, finding a temperature that is not so hot that the onions burn but not so low that they do not continue to cook. Cook slowly, stirring every 5 to 10 minutes or so, until very reduced and dark brown, about 40 minutes. The onions will turn from translucent white to golden to brown to a rich, caramely dark brown color, and the volume will have reduced by at least 4 times.
  3. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500°F.
  4. Meanwhile, mince the garlic and thinly slice the Brussels sprouts.
  5. When the oven is ready, stretch the dough into a circle (see this video for instructions). Cut a small divot into the top of the circle, then form the bottom of the dough into a point so that it forms a heart shape. Carefully place the dough on a pizza peel spread with flour or cornmeal. Since the heart-shaped pizza is a bit more fragile than other shapes, use a conveyor-type pizza peel to slide it into the oven if you can. If not, cross your fingers and slide quickly!
  6. Spread the crushed tomatoes in a thin layer across the dough, then sprinkle minced garlic and add a bit of kosher salt. Top with mozzarella cheese and shavings of Pecorino cheese (use a vegetable peeler). Add dollops of caramelized onions, then sprinkle all over with Brussels sprouts and a few pinches kosher salt.
  7. Transfer the pizza to the pizza stone on the pizza peel, then bake until the cheese is melted, about 7 minutes.



About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.


  • Reply
    Ali | Gimme
    January 29, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Beautifully written. ♥

    And yes, yes, yes. I’m so ready for a love holiday. Cheers to us all working together to make it a memorable one this year.

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    January 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    The heart shape is amazing.

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    Bethany @ Athletic Avocado
    January 30, 2017 at 10:19 am

    No better way to spread some love than with this beautiful heart-shaped pizza! The mixture of the onions and brussels sprouts with the mozzarella sounds fantastic!

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    January 30, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I’m in! Thanks for your thoughtful words and for the yummy recipe! Was at a rally yesterday in my small town in support of all those hurting and scared by this bizarre political world we find ourselves in, and I truly believe in the hope and the love trumping the hate and despair. We will get through this, but it will hurt. So, yes, a love holiday to celebrate all people is just the prescription we need right now.

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    Emily | Shiny Happy Bright
    January 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    yes to the pizza and yes to the love!

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    February 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Exactly! Thank you! We’re still here we’re just not in charge anymore. For now.

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    Griff Neilson
    February 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Now that’s what I am talking about! Love it! If I can swing a gluten free crust on this bad boy I will be in luck! Thanks as always for sharing.

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    February 2, 2017 at 7:51 pm


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    February 3, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Now this is one of the best looking pizza’s I’ve ever seen :) If I got this for Valentines I’d be a happy lady!

    Holly x

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    Edwina at The Equipped Cook
    February 19, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Your love pizza looks great. I’m always keen about caramelized onion on just about anything so this looks really good. I’ll have to make it!

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    Griff Neilson
    March 2, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Had one of my clients try this and they loved it!

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      March 5, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Ooo this is fantastic. Thanks, Griff!

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