Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two: Cooking in a Cab

For all you team drivers out there, being on the road for Valentine’s day doesn’t mean you can’t prepare a delicious and romantic meal for two using your inverter. Included below are recipes for Slow Cooker Deep-dish Pizza and Chocolate Cake!

First—are you as excited as I am that you can make pizza in a slow cooker?! Besides, you can never go wrong with pizza on Valentine’s Day. Second, is there anything better to end off your day than a chocolate cake? As both of these recipes use a slow cooker, so you may want to either plan having dessert a few hours after dinner or have two pots available (I know, I know…you have limited space in your cab. You’ll have to decide what works best for you).

Slow Cooker Deep-dish Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pizza dough
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • ½ pound sausage, cooked
  • Pepperoni
  • Other toppings as desired (I like to finely chop sweet bell peppers and onion, but really, any topping will work)

Note: This recipe works best in a large, oval 6-8 quart slow cooker, but any size and shape should work. You may need to adjust how much dough you use if your cooker is smaller.

Instructions:

  1. Roll the dough onto a large piece of parchment paper. Make sure to roll/stretch it to the shape of your cooker, plus about 2 inches on each side. Use the edges of the paper to lower your crust into the crock pot.
  2. Mix the Italian seasoning into the tomato sauce (alternatively, a bottle of pre-mixed red sauce is fine) and spread evenly over the crust.
  3. Sprinkle the sausage, pepperoni, and other toppings evenly over the crust. Top with cheese. Lift and stretch the sides of the crust so that they stand above the toppings.
  4. Cover the slow cooker with a long piece of paper towel. Place the lid over the top of the paper towel and make sure it is pulled tight. This will help catch excess moisture.
  5. Cook the pizza for 2-4 hours on high, or 4-6 hours on low. When the pizza is done, lift it out by the edges of the parchment paper. Serve and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup baking cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Vanilla ice cream, raspberries, caramel optional

Note: This recipe works best in small 1 ½ quart slow cooker, but any size should work. If using a large cooker, your cake will be thinner and may cook faster.

Instructions:

  1. Mix together eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla.
  2. Stir together flour, cocoa, and salt.
  3. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture, beating after each addition.
  4. Transfer to greased slow cooker.
  5. Cook, covered, on low until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs—about 2 ½ – 3 hours.
  6. Optionally, serve with ice cream and top with caramel and raspberries.

We hope you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day with those you care about most, no matter where your travels take you!

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