I live in a world where bridging the gap between edible and inedible food creations has become a daily feat, but the story of my Pepperoni Pizza Roses was built on a sad, sad day.
There I was, heading home to see my girlfriend, and I had an epiphany of the "damn I'd like to get laid"-variety, so I decided to spontaneously surprise her with something. It wasn't her birthday, it wasn't Valentine's Day, I was just trying to do something a little bit out of the ordinary.
That in mind, I picked up a bouquet of roses and my girl's favorite means of nourishment, some NY-style pizza. I was in LA visiting from Canada, so I had to hit the Yelp-box for the good reccos. I ended up at some joint I can't remember the name of, but my plan was set and pizza was in hand -- I flew home, box of pizza and flowers burning a hole into my rental's passenger seat.
Then it happened.
I climbed the steps to her apartment, and jiggled the keys into the door, juggling both the pizza and the flowers in my off hand.
There I was -- staring at the beautiful, sad mess...a fucked up Picasso of pizza, hardwood flooring and roses. I looked around, my girl no where to be seen, and when I should have been fuming, inspiration had struck. How cool would it be to make roses out of PIZZA?!
With Valentine's Day looming a few short days away, I figured I'd try to forget this bullshit just happened and just surprise her with something even better. Thus: Pepperoni Pizza Roses.
I hope she doesn't read this story before Sunday, because I want these beauties to be a surprise. For everyone else who wants to make them, hope you treat your belly with some love.
By Josh Elkin
Host of Sugar Showdown on Cooking Channel, Food Network. Former EpicMealTime Chef.
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