Monday, October 31, 2016

Mummy Pepperoni Pizza Bites



Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays when I was younger. I grew up playing with two neighbor boys, and every year their mom would make us group costumes. If blogs had been big back then, she would have had the best blog because these costumes were amazing!

One year we were Mario characters (I was Princess Peach), another year we went as the Rugrats (I was Angelica), and then another year we were the characters from Harry Potter (I was Hermione). I wish I had some pictures of these costumes handy because I’m sure you all would get a big kick out of them!

Fortunately, we lived in a very large neighborhood, so we would go to dozens and dozens of houses! It was just a really magical day!

I haven’t dresses up for Halloween in quite a few years, but I do have an adorable dog who will let me dress her up! This year she’s the presidential candidate of the puppy party. The costume doesn’t seem to bother her, and honestly, I think she likes all the attention she gets while wearing it!


 I think it’s important to have traditions, especially when you have young kids or grandkids because they really do remember these things regardless of whether or not you think it’s a big deal.

This year I wanted to come up with an idea for a Halloween dinner recipe that could become a new tradition to serve each year. I saw this idea for pizza mummy bites on another blogger’s website, and I loved the idea!

Mummy pepperoni pizza bites require very few ingredients and are so easy to make! Start with a thin crust refrigerated pizza dough. Thin crust is ideal because you don’t need these to be very thick. And regular crust may puff up a little too much and not look like mummies. Cut as many 3 inch x 5 inch rectangles as you can out of the pizza crust. (I was able to get about 15 rectangles.)

Take one of your rectangles, lay it down landscape style and make several cuts into the dough so they look like strips. Spread a little marinara sauce on the side of the rectangle without the strips and then add cheese and a piece of pepperoni.

Fold the strips over across the toppings so it looked like it has a wrapped effect. And then add two olives for the eyes. Cute!

Before popping them in the oven, I recommend brushing them with a little garlic butter. It may seem like a lot of extra fat, but it’s not because you’re just brushing it on for added flavor and to prevent them from drying out in the oven. And if you use good quality butter like Challenge that doesn’t have any added hormones or preservatives, there’s nothing to feel bad about!

After you bake them until they’re golden brown, you can serve them with marinara sauce to dip them in! Or even tomato soup if it’s a cold Halloween night!

I hope you like this idea, and I hope it becomes a new tradition in your household! Happy Halloween!



Mummy Pepperoni Pizza Bites
Yield: Makes about 15 bites
Ingredients
  • 1 can refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 15 - 30 pepperonis
  • 30 sliced olives
  • 1 Tablespoon Challenge butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Roll out refrigerated pizza dough and cut into 3 inch x 5 inch rectangles
  3. Take one rectangle and lay it so it’s facing you in “landscape mode” and cut 4 strips halfway through the rectangle
  4. Spread a small about of pizza sauce (about half a spoonful) on the side of the rectangle that isn’t cut in strips. Lay mozzarella cheese on top of the marinara sauce and then add one or two pepperonis on top of cheese.
  5. Fold the strips over the toppings and tuck them into the other side of the dough.
  6. Add two sliced black olives on top of dough so they look like eyes.
  7. Place the finished product onto a greased baking sheet.
  8. Combine the melted butter and garlic butter and use a basting brush or pastry brush to brush the garlic butter on top of each pizza dough mummy.
  9. Bake for about 8 minutes or until the pizza dough is golden brown.

Recipe adapted from Printable Crush




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