Mini Spooky Spider Pizzas with California Ripe Olives
With Halloween fast approaching our family has been getting a bit creative in the kitchen. I love making festive food and now that we have a little one to share it with it’s even more fun. Since homemade pizza is a family favorite, I thought we’d turn those pantry staples into something “spooky” and kid-friendly. California Ripe Olives are great to use, not only do they provide pops of color, but their texture and flavor is something that kids love! I know I’ve found that the more interesting the food is, the more likely our kiddo will try it and love it!
These mini pizzas are really easy to make! You start off by rolling out my honey whole wheat pizza dough into individual rounds. If you don’t have time to make dough, no problem! You can use pitas, tortillas or bagel thins… they all make great bases. Once you’ve got the dough rolled out, place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet, brush with olive oil and then spread my homemade pizza sauce over top. Sprinkle on some grated mozzarella cheese and bake them at 450 degrees until the crust is golden brown and cooked throughout.
Since you want to see the web design, it’s best to create that after the pizzas have been fully baked- that will prevent them from browning and spreading too much. Trust me, after a little trial and error I can attest to the fact that this method works best :) Simply cut up your black olives into the body and legs and arrange them over the string cheese web. Place the pizzas back into the oven until the cheese is melty and the web becomes visible.
These mini spooky spider pizzas with California Ripe Olives were so easy to make and so fun eat! Our little guy really loved them! He giggled while he poked the black olives and then picked them off one by one and ate them. I’d say he was a fan. I can’t wait to make more Halloween food art with black olives. They’re so versatile and would make great little pumpkin faces, monster eyes or even snakes! So many fun things that kids will absolutely love! What kind of spooky treats do you have planned for your kids this year? I’d love to hear your ideas!
- Honey Whole Wheat Dough:
- 2 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 c. whole wheat flour
- ½ c. warm water
- 1¼ c. room temperature water
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2½ tsp. active yeast
- 1½ tsp. salt
- 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp. sugar
- ¼ tsp. basil
- ¼ tsp. oregano
- ½ tsp. salt
- mozzarella cheese, grated
- mozzarella string cheese, in strips
- California Black Ripe Olives
- To make the dough, in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, add warm water and yeast and honey, allow to sit for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture begins to puff. Add the oil and the room temperature water. Whisk gently to combine.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment, combine salt, flours, and water mixture. When dough begins to form a ball, remove paddle attachment and replace with dough hook. With mixing speed on low, knead dough for 2-3 minutes or until a ball begins to form and the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
- Remove dough from bowl and place in a large well-greased bowl (I prefer using olive oil, but you can also use Pam). Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours.
- To deflate dough, punch with fist. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and divide into balls (depending on how big and how many pizzas you want to make… this recipe can make up to 8 mini pizzas). Form into pizza shells and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- To make sauce, in a small saucepan heat olive oil until shiny. Add minced garlic, stir and cook for 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, sugar, basil, oregano and salt. Heat for 5 minutes or until the sauce becomes fragrant.
- To assemble the pizzas, spread sauce evenly over the pizza peel, leaving about 1½ inches around the edge for the crust. Lightly brush the crust with olive oil (this will help it get nice and crisp). Sprinkle grated cheese over top and bake at 450 degrees until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and place the string cheese into a web design, then place the black olives over top, creating spiders. Place back in the oven just until the cheese "web" has melted.
-You can substitute the whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour.
Recipe source: Life Made Simple