Here’s a novel way to feature classic Halloween colors like orange, black and purple at your party. This Halloween-appropriate flatbread pizza uses squid ink to create a delightfully creepy, midnight-black sauce that’s the perfect backdrop for colorful toppings like heirloom tomatoes and octopus tentacles. The recipe comes compliments of top-rated private chef (and Thumbtack Pro) Michelle Fitzgerald, owner of Let’s Eat Sonoma.
Recipe: Squid Ink Flatbread Pizza
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- 1 lemon
- ¾ cup pizza sauce (canned)
- 4-5 small tomatoes (heirloom if possible)
- 1 tablespoon squid or cuttlefish ink
- 1 cup octopus (tentacles only)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup of fresh basil, stems removed
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- Pizza stone (optional)
Prepare the dough:
Chef Michelle recommends this pizza dough recipe, care of The Pioneer Woman. Prepare the dough at least three hours, but no more than two days before baking the pizza. Half of the Pioneer Woman recipe is enough to make this squid ink pizza. Store the dough in the fridge when not using.
Note: if you want an all-black pizza, add squid ink to the dough while preparing.
Prepare the pizza:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Squeeze the lemon juice into a dish. Combine the pizza sauce and squid ink in a mixing bowl and set aside. Slice the tomatoes in halves or quarters, depending on your preference.
Generously layer a clean, flat prep surface with about a cup of all-purpose flour, then sprinkle the remaining flour on a pizza stone (or baking sheet). Roll the pizza dough out to the desired shape, then toss it between your hands for at least three minutes to let it stretch. Shape it and place it on the pizza stone or baking sheet.
Before adding toppings, cover the pizza with a thin layer of olive oil, leaving a one-inch perimeter on the edges to create a crust. Dip the basil in the darkened pizza sauce until most or all the green hue is covered and set aside. Then add the remainder of the inky pizza sauce until everything but the crust is covered.
Now layer in the darkened basil and tomatoes as desired. Bake the pizza in the oven for 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned.
While pizza is baking, rinse the octopus tentacles in cold water and shake off the excess droplets. (If octopus is not available near you, squid works well, too.) Place the tentacles on a cutting board and cut them into segments two-to-three inches long. Set aside and let air dry for a few minutes.
Warm a large saute pan on medium heat with one tablespoon olive oil. Add the octopus tentacles to the pan and saute until cooked all the way through, about five minutes, rotating frequently.
Remove the pizza from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Place the sautéed octopus alongside other toppings and serve.
This post is part of our 2017 Halloween recipe series. For more food and drink recipes, see all the stories here.