Sunday, May 15, 2005

Pumpkin-Shaped Pepperoni Pizza

Pumpkin-Shaped Pepperoni Pizza

about 2 ounces pepperoni, divided
cornmeal, for dusting
12 ounces prepared whole-wheat pizza dough (I used our favorite recipe)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
5 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 450 degrees with a pizza stone placed on the lowest rack.

Cut 8 pieces of pepperoni into triangle shapes - set triangle shapes aside and place trimmings with the round slices.

Sprinkle enough cornmeal to slightly cover a pizza peel. Stretch and roll out dough to a large oval or pumpkin shape on a lightly floured surface and transfer to the cornmeal-dusted peel.

Spread pizza sauce over the top, leaving a 1/2" border around the edges. Arrange whole pepperoni slices and trimmings over the sauce. Scatter the top evenly with the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Use the triangle-shaped pepperoni to make eyes, a nose and mouth on top of the cheese. Take strips of the green bell pepper and make four rows on top of the cheese to make the indentations of the pumpkin. Arranges several strips on top, if desired, to form the stem.

Slide assembled pizza onto the stone and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly before serving.

Makes about 4 to 6 servings.

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  1. Happy Halloween! Very cute and festive!

  2. Soooo cute!! Happy Halloween!

  3. That is so cute and original!

  4. Cute pizza,How fun! The eyeballs look and sound yummy, too!

  5. Joe,
    That is so cute! Can't wait to try this next year with the kids.

  6. Thanks! We thought it was a fun project.

  7. Very cute!! Just wanted to say hi, I'm new here. :)

  8. Allyson - Thanks for stopping by!