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October’s here! If you’re anything like us, this is the time of year when we all start looking for new and creative ways to celebrate Halloween. Of course, there are the usual Halloween activities like taking the kids trick-or-treating, watching scary movies, and pumpkin carving. But if you’re hosting a Halloween party, you’ll need some super-spooky foods to serve. Let’s take a look at a couple of frighteningly good Halloween pizza recipes to serve at your next Halloween party!
Halloween Pizza Recipes
This recipe will make 2 pizzas, but you only need to make the dough once. We’ll list everything you’ll need to make each Halloween pizza below, and then we’ll guide you through the steps.
For the Dough:
- 300ml cold water
- ¼ tablespoon fresh yeast
- 500g flour (4 cups) (You can use any plain or all-purpose flour you have on hand)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon charcoal (don’t worry, charcoal is good for you and can assist with healthy kidney function!)
For the Toppings:
- White mushrooms
- ½ jar of tomato sauce
- 1 chopped onion
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon mixed fresh or dried herbs (more if you prefer)
- A handful of black olives
- Dairy-free shredded mozzarella
- A spoon
- A straw
- A chopping board and knife
- A spatula
- A rolling pin
- Parchment paper
- Optional: large cookie sheet or pizza stone (cooking directly on the grates is a good option)
- Kitchen towel
- 2-4 bowls (4 large bowls will mean less washing up while cooking!)
Step 1: Make the Dough
Our first step is to make the dough. While you can always cheat and use pizza bases, making your own dough is delicious. Plus, we’ll even be turning one of the pizza bases black for extra spookiness! Here’s what you need to do:
- Mix the fresh yeast with warm water.
- Add it to the flour in a large bow.
- Create a well by pressing the back of a spoon into the flour.
- Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the well and lightly mix it.
- Once the liquid ingredients have been absorbed, knead the dough with your hands or a machine.
- Add a pinch of salt and continue to knead until smooth.
Separating the Doughs
- Divide the dough in half and place them in separate bowls.
- Now, we’re turning one ball of dough black. Do this by dissolving the charcoal in a little water and combining it with the dough (make sure you’ve rolled up your sleeves or are using gloves if you don’t have a machine for this!).
- Knead both halves of your dough into balls and place them into clean, oiled bowls.
- Cover both doughs with a kitchen towel and let them rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Roll Out the Dough
- Once the doughs have doubled in size (see the picture for a guide!), preheat the oven as high as your oven will allow, between 450-500˚F (230-260˚C).
- Place a piece of baking paper on a cutting board and sprinkle some flour onto your surface. Take the black dough, divide it in half, and shape it into a ball, folding the dough on itself.
- Repeat with the other half and gently flatten it with your hands, starting at the center and working outwards.
- Use your fingertips to press the dough to 0.5/1cm thick.
- Use the rolling pin to roll the dough out into a circle.
- Let the dough sit for 5 minutes and then continue to stretch it gently until it reaches the desired diameter.
- Transfer the dough to the tray, cutting off the excess paper.
Note: if you get a hole while stretching the dough, you can either turn it back into a ball and start over or gently push the dough back together to seal the hole.
For the second ball of dough, you can either make one large pale pizza or divide them into lots of smaller balls for mini pizzas, as we’ve done in our example!
Step 2: Add Your Toppings to the Skull Pizza
Now for the fun bit, adding your toppings! First, we’ll be putting together our skull pizza, and then we’ll make a spooky spider pizza. As you can see in our example, we put our skulls on top of the charcoal base but feel free to use whichever base you prefer.
The skull pizza is created by cutting faces into the mushrooms. Here’s what you need to do:
- Mix a tablespoon of mixed herbs with some olive oil (enough to drizzle over the entire pizza).
- Chop each mushroom in half and create two skull faces on each side, using a straw to form the large eye holes and a knife to cut two lines for the teeth.
- Spread tomato sauce over the pizza.
- Sprinkle the onions, drizzle with your herb oil mix, and arrange the mushroom skulls.
- With the other half of the dough, you can create a second pizza like this one.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes at 450-500˚F or 230-260˚C.
- Allow to cool and serve!
Step 3: Add Your Toppings to the Spider Pizza
- If you haven’t yet, divide the dough into small, even portions and shape them into balls (you can opt for a normal full-size pizza if you prefer, but we’ll continue with our example of the mini pizzas).
- Cover each with tomato sauce up to the crust.
- Create spiderwebs by placing the mozzarella sticks in circular and crossed formations.
- Cut an olive in half and add it to the center.
- Chop the rest of the other half into 8 slices and place them as legs.
- Drizzle with some herb oil before baking for 10-15 minutes at 450-500˚F (230-260˚C).
- When it’s done, remove it from the oven and devour it!
These Halloween pizzas are sure to be a hit, but we’ve got more advice to help you make this Halloween your best yet. We’ve rounded up the best outdoor decorations for Halloween, the best mother-daughter Halloween costumes, and even more Halloween food ideas that are even keto and paleo-friendly!