The Curious Case of the Pumpkin Pizzas and the Disappearing Ghosts

Pumpkin Shaped Pizzas with Ghost Cheese for Halloween

If you search the web for Halloween-themed dinner ideas, there are plenty of ideas for ghost pizzas.  Things like cutting cheese into the shape of ghosts and placing it on red sauce of the pizza to make the ghosts pop.

Well, I wanted to do something a little different.

And, boy, did I.

My intention had been to create cute little pumpkin-shaped and pumpkin-colored pizzas that would have little cheese-ghosts kind of floating over them.

I would make the pumpkin shapes with cookie cutters, like I made my Autumn Leaf or my Dinosaur Pizzas, and I would then “color” my pumpkins appropriately with shredded cheddar.  Orange shredded cheddar.  Sharp, in fact.

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It seemed like a wonderful idea when I came up with it.  It still seemed like a wonderful idea when I was chasing my flour-covered children around the kitchen.  But once the pizzas were comfortably in the oven… well, I realized I’d made an error in judgement.

The white mozzarella cheese ghosts melted right into the orange cheddar pumpkins and, thus, my cute little ghosts disappeared from sight.

The up side?  They still tasted awesome.

And I was even afforded the additional benefit of incorporating a science lesson into dinner.

And since I’m a literature major and not a scientist, it went something like this:  “The ghosts disappeared!  Like magic!”

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Either way, pizza is always a blast to make and a wonderful, wonderful thing to eat.  And would have made a wonderful experiment, too, if I’d made some pizzas without the Cheddar and only the ghosts.  Oh well.  Next time.

Just remember, when things don’t go the way you planned, always use that opportunity to present it as a learning experience.  Or, you know, pour yourself a big glass of wine and eat your way through it.  Because pizza makes everything better.

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For the step-by-step photos and directions on how I make my homemade pizzas, see my post about How to Make Easy Pizza Dough {And Proof Yeast}, and to print the free PDF of the recipe, click here:

Easy Pizza Dough

Happy Eating!

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Easy Flatbread Pizzas

Easy Flatbread Pizzas

This was one of those easy lunch [or dinner] ideas that I just had to share.

My mother has a tendency to stock up on things at Publix when they’re Buy One Get One.  So I sometimes have things, like Nature’s Own Sandwich Rounds, that I wouldn’t otherwise ordinarily have in the pantry.  Since we don’t eat a lot of sandwiches (bread and meat and cheese, yes, just not in sandwich form for some reason…), I needed to find something to make with them.

I decided to go with pizza.

Which is always a good choice.

For this pizza, I grabbed the Sandwich Rounds, a can of tomato sauce, grated Parmesan, shredded Mozzarella, and some salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Easy Flatbread Pizzas

The first time I made this, I didn’t toast the Sandwich Rounds.

But the sauce made them slightly soggy.  Toasting them before baking fixed that.

So don’t forget to give them a quick toast while you’re grabbing the other ingredients.

Easy Flatbread Pizzas

Anyway, throw some Rounds on a baking pan and spread on some tomato sauce.

Then sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Next, shake on some Parmesan and, finally, top with Mozzarella.

If you’re going to throw anything else on top, like meat or veggies, make sure they’re at least partially cooked, because these really don’t take very long.

Easy Flatbread Pizzas

I put these flatbread pizzas in the convection oven at 350 degrees F until the cheese was melted and slightly browned.

Depending on your oven, this should take about 10 minutes.


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