Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Spooky Halloween Mini Pizzas

If you are looking for a quick and fun Halloween dinner, I have the solution!  

Spooky Halloween Mini Pizzas!!  

The past couple years, Amanda and I have celebrated Halloween together with a fun Halloween dinner. It's now turned into a tradition that we look forward to every year.  We have tried mummy pot pies, mashed "boo"-tatoes, slimy worm cups, etc. 

It seemed like we were running out of ideas for this year, but decided to do Spooky Halloween Mini Pizzas! Each person rolled out their dough to create their very own Spooky Pizza. I included the recipe for the dough because we loved the crust and over half the flour was whole wheat!  (psst..I try to add in whole grains whenever I can. Hello FIBER!) 

My favorite part was how creative everyone got. This would be fun to do with little kids too!  Here are the ones we made: a zombie, ghostly vampire monster,  pumpkin, BOO!, and owls.  See if you can tell "witch" one is which.  

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe
(makes 2 large pizzas or 6-8 mini pizzas)

2 cups warm water
2 packets of yeast
1 TBSP sugar
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup olive oil
1 egg yolk
2 tsp salt
In a mixing bowl add warm water, dry yeast, and sugar. Let set for 6 minutes. After 6 minutes, add the flour, olive oil, egg yolk, and salt. Knead with a dough hook for 6 minutes.  If the dough looks too wet add a little bit more flour if it looks a little dry add a little water to compensate.  If you don't have a mixer knead the dough until it is smooth and easily comes off the counter. Roll into a ball, cover with a towel, and let it rise for at least 1 hour (should double in size). 

To make the individual spooky pizzas separate into small dough pieces. If you want to make 2 larger pizzas split the dough in half.  Flour your work surface and roll out the dough as thick or as thin as you please. Place the rolled out dough on a pizza/cookie pan and then add your sauce, cheese, pepperoni, olives, and other toppings to make spooky little pizzas!! Bake at 375 for about 10-15 minutes. Time will vary depending on how thin or thick you rolled the dough.  Most importantly enjoy your spooky creations!

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