Happy Halloweeeeeen!

I’m always torn about our annual Halloween episode, as I don’t particularly care for food that’s supposed to look like witch fingers, guts, or eyeballs. And while I’d love to put on a full Halloween extravaganza a la Sandra Lee, we don’t exactly have the budget for a haunted house, owls/bats/black cats, and multiple costume changes. So when our producer suggested a pizza party to fuel the adults and kids on a chilly evening, it was the perfect solution. Who doesn’t love a pizza party?

We used the big 5 lb bag of Weisenberger pizza crust mix and the Good Foods pizza dough balls, but any store-bought crust or your favorite dough recipe would do the trick. Make a few savory options to snack on, then turn the kids’ loot into a candy bar pizza for dessert once they’re back from pounding the pavement.

Spider Pizza

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  • 1 link mild italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 1 store-bought pizza crust or dough for 1 pizza (we used Weisenberger pizza crust mix)
  • 2 cups pizza sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 3 small sweet peppers, sliced
  • 6-8 whole black olives, halved and sliced for spiders, if desired

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small skillet, crumble and cook the sausage until browned. Spread the pizza crust with the sauce, then sprinkle evenly with cheese. Sprinkle with the sausage crumbles, peppers, and olives, cutting and arranging the olives into spiders, if desired. Bake until crust is nicely browned and cheese is bubbly in the center, about 12-15 minutes depending on thickness.

Butternut Squash Flatbread

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  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into thin chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped sage, divided
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 store-bought pizza crust or dough for 1 pizza (we used Weisenberger pizza crust mix)
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 2-4 slices prosciutto, sliced
  • 2 handfuls arugula, torn into pieces or cut into ribbons

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss the butternut squash with 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper, and 1 tbsp of chopped sage. Roast until tender, about 12-15 minutes depending on the size of the pieces.

Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and caramelize the onions and sage until soft and nicely browned. Season with salt and pepper.

Spread the onions evenly over the pizza crust and add the roasted butternut squash. Crumble the goat cheese over top and bake until crust is nicely browned and crisp, about 12-15 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from oven and scatter the top with prosciutto and arugula.

Candy Bar Pizza

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  •  1 thin store-bought pizza crust or dough for 1 pizza (we used Weisenberger pizza crust mix)
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup chopped candy bars (i.e. peanut butter cups, kit kat, snickers, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate sauce, optional

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Top the crust with the banana slices, candy bar pieces, and marshmallows. Bake until marshmallow are golden brown and puffy and pizza crust is golden brown. Cut into wedges and serve. If desired, drizzle with chocolate sauce.