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The Overlooked February Holiday Everyone Should Be Celebrating

Jan 21, 2019 By Shawn Zarecki 7 months ago

We’re thinking of a holiday in February. Celebration is the same whether you’re single or taken. It doesn’t require fancy dinner reservations or boxes of chocolates (though it still calls for a glass or two of wine). For us, the best February holiday falls on the 9th: National Pizza Day.

To celebrate the big day, we’re sharing a few of our favorite recipes (including options for even the gluten-lactose-meat-free) that are easy to make – each with our personal Black Box Wines pairing recommendation.

Crusts of All Kinds

We don’t all have the time or patience to make our own pizza dough, and that’s just fine with us. Skip this step by buying pre-made plain or whole wheat dough at your local grocery store (you can also often find gluten-free cauliflower crusts in the frozen section). Or, if you have the time and drive, some local pizza shops will sell you their dough.

Pizza crust

Looking to take this project from start to finish? Keep the crust simple with this easy-to-make recipe – all you need is bread flour, water, sea salt, yeast, sugar and extra-virgin olive oil (and for the inevitable inquiries, it’s naturally vegan and dairy-free).

Topping Pairings For Every Guest

Crafting the perfect pizza is a culinary art. Expand your palette this year with these mouth-watering topping combinations:

Pizza toppings

  • Bacon, Jalapenos & Sriracha Sauce
  • Kale, Honey & Ricotta
  • Fried Calamari, Banana Peppers & Hot Sauce
  • Blue Cheese, Walnuts & Pears
  • Bacon & Eggs
  • Soprasetta & Pesto
  • Fig, Goat Cheese & Arugula
  • Ground Beef, Red Onion, Iceburg Lettuce & Bacon
  • Black Olive & Pineapple
  • Grilled Peaches & Prosciutto
  • Spinach, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives & Feta Cheese

For The Picky Eaters

Keep that New Year’s resolution to be healthier with this Cauliflower Crust Tomato Garlic Margherita Pizza – it’s gluten-free and pairs perfectly with Black Box Wines Pinot Noir.

Dairy-free doesn’t mean pizza-free. We love this Hawaiian BBQ Vegan Pizza for lactose intolerant and vegan friends.

Hawaiian BBQ Vegan Pizza

For vegetarians who don’t shy from eggs and cheese, try this Caramelized Onion, Mushroom & Spinach Pizza and our Black Box Wines Cabernet Sauvignon.

Veggie pizza

Head Spinning? Mouth Watering?

Good. That means it’s time to start experimenting with all of the delicious ideas we’ve shared—and making preparations for your own Craft-Your-Own-Pizza Party. But before we go, we wanted to leave you with a few more unconventional February holidays that we encourage celebrating this month with a glass of your favorite Black Box Wine:

2.7    National Send a Card to a Friend Day
2.17    National Random Acts of Kindness Day
And of course:
2.18    National Drink Wine Day (As if we needed to remind you)