Sunday, October 30, 2016

Halloween Pizza



HI everyone.  Here you have another easy and delicious idea for your Halloween party. I hope you like it.

Make a large pizza 19 x 13 inches.
Ingredients:
  • 4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 ½ Cups Warm Water
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Tspn Salt
  • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Active dry Yeast
  • ¼ Cup Cornmeal 


Toppings:
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheese (a mix of Mozzarella, Parmesan and Cheddar) 
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese (yellow)
  • 1 Cup Pizza Sauce
  • Pepperoni (optional)
  • Salami (optional)
  • Spanish Ham 
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Sliced Pickled Jalapenos (optional)
  • Black Olives (optional)

To save some time, you  can buy the crust at the grocery store!

Prepare the Crust.

In a large bowl combine the warm water with the sugar, salt, and dry yeast, stir until dissolved and let it stand for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, the mixture should be really bubbly, now add in the oil, stir until combined and slowly add in the flour, mix with a wooden spoon until incorporated.

Once the dough is well incorporated with the wet ingredients, transfer to a clean surface and knead it for one minute.  Do NOT over knead.  

Rub the inside of a large bowl with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and place the dough inside the bowl,  brush the dough with a bit of oil and then cover it with a clean kitchen towel and let it stand for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.

Prepare the Toppings:
I will be using black olives like if they were spiders and so cut some of the olives in half, then cut some other olives in thin slices to make the spider’s legs.

Now carve the pepperoni and the salami like halloween pumpkins. Place the toppings aside until you are ready to use them.

After 2 hours, Preheat the oven to 450ºF

After 2 hours the dough should be ready, sprinkle it with some cornmeal, and also sprinkle your surface with cornmeal, and transfer the dough to the surface to roll it out.  (the dough should be really soft and ready to be rolled out, you don't have to knead it any more.  Just roll it out, and the dough is enough to make a large pizza, I made a rectangular pizza 18 x 13 inches, but you can make it larger if you want to.

Transfer the crust to a baking sheet, brush the crust with some olive oil, then poke the crust a couple times with a fork, and prebake it at 450ºF for about 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes the crust should have some color, now top it with the tomato sauce, add as much as you want, then also top it with the cheese, I added a mixture of three cheese, Mozzarella, Parmesan and Cheddar Cheese and on top of that, I also added an extra layer of Sharp Yellow Cheddar Cheese to add an extra layer of cheesiness,   now top the cheese with the toppings. Decorate the pizza anyway you like.  Place it back in the oven at 450ºF for another 15 more minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.

If you want to be more creative, instead of making a large pizza, you can make individual  pizzas, cut out the dough using large halloween cookie cutters, and follow the same steps as if you were making a large pizza.  The cooking time for the individual pizzas would be 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is crisp.

And that’s it, enjoy! Happy Halloween!!!


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