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Spider Pizza

Spider Pizza

Halloween is right around the corner & will be here before you can say “BOO!”  My kids have been planning their costumes since last year.  Since the movie “Frozen” debuted, really.  I’m sure that they’ll be the only kids dressing up as Elsa & Ana this year.  SHOCKER! I know.

Despite my desperate attempts to convince them of the joys that come with being unique & the thousands of other options available to them (including but not limited to Mo Willem’s Pigeon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a flower, a robot, cupcakes, etc, etc), they’ve stood their ground.  Truth be told, I didn’t really stand a chance.  I was vastly outnumbered.  Just as I thought I was gaining ground, Husband comes home from the store with their Frozen costumes.  SURPRISE! I lose.

All is not lost, though.  No matter the costume, I still get to rifle through their candy!  Because, let’s be honest, as an adult, that’s the best part of Halloween –> kids’ candy.

And the worst part.  Do you have any idea how many calories are in those teeny, tiny, delicious treats?! Don’t google it.  It’ll just make you sad.  Better to just assume the worst and ration harshly (yourself, not your kids … they’ll burn off those calories in an hour, whereas you will still be sweatin’ to the oldies come next Halloween.  Though, if you want them to sleep, oh I don’t know, like EVER again, you’re right; you should probably ration them as well).

All those calories don’t have to come from candy, though.  You could carb-overload with this adorable Spider Pizza!! They are so easy to make, kids LOVE them, & they’re perfect for a family dinner or rockin’ Halloween party.  After making these a few times, I’ll let you in on a secret.  To make creating the web very quick & easy, forgo the usual shredded mozzarella cheese & use string-cheese instead.  Peel off longer strands of cheese & use them to form your web.  They’ll retain their shape better when baked, too.  And save you so much time!

Want a more upscale pizza experience? Use crumbled feta or goat cheese instead & replace the toy spider with one made from olives!  Instantly, you’ll go from kid-favorite to adult-pleaser!

This creation was inspired by Women’s Day Magazine.

Spider Pizza

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1lb Pizza Dough will yield about 5 mini Pizzas

Serving Size: 1 mini pizza

Spider Pizza

Eeek ... Spider pizza!! Delicious & fun in just a few basic steps. Turn any pizza night into a creepy Halloween treat. Perfect for an inventive family dinner or serve at your next Halloween party!

Ingredients

  • 1lb Pizza Dough (homemade or store bought)
  • Pizza Sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • Mozzerella Cheese (shredded) or String Cheese (pulled into long, thin strips)
  • Toy Spiders

Instructions

  1. Prepare your dough per recipe or instructions. Portion into 5 equal balls & press each into a 6" round on prepared baking sheet(s) or baking stone(s).
  2. Spread each pizza round with a tablespoon or two of sauce. Top with cheese, carefully placing it around into a web (two concentric circles with an asterisk design overlapping from the inside out).
  3. Bake per instructions or on the bottom rack in a 425° preheated oven for about 10 mins.
  4. Allow to cool slightly before topping with toy spider(s).

Notes

Alternatively, you can make your own spider out of 2 olives. Cut off the end of one olive for the head, halve the remaining olives & use one half for the body. Slice remaining halves into thin strips for legs. Assemble to look like a spider.

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