Mini Skull Pizza Bites
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Recipe courtesy of Emily Weinberger for Food Network Kitchen

Mini Skull Pepperoni Pizza Bites

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 20 pizza bites
These savory, cheesy pizza bites are irresistibly spooky and bound to be a hit at Halloween celebrations. Better yet, they come together in just 30 minutes: A quick one-bowl batter is scooped into adorable skull-shaped molds, stuffed with ooey-gooey string cheese pieces and baked while a pizza sauce is whipped up for dipping. We added pepperoni to the bites, but you can customize them with your own favorite pizza-topping ingredients like peppers, onions or olives.

Ingredients

Pizza Bites:

Pizza Sauce:

Directions

Special equipment:
a nonstick aluminum 20-cavity skull bites pan
  1. For the pizza bites: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the butter into a small bowl and stir in 1 teaspoon of the paprika. Brush the cavities of a 20-cavity nonstick aluminum skull bites pan with the paprika butter and sprinkle with 5 teaspoons of the Parmesan (about 1/4 teaspoon per cavity). Set aside.
  3. Put the remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a medium bowl. Add the flour, sugar, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder, eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, a few grinds of pepper, remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan, remaining 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/4 cup warm water and whisk until combined. Fold in the pepperoni. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of batter into each cavity in the prepared pan.
  4. Cut each cheese stick into 5 pieces, each about 3/4 inch long. Press a piece of cheese sideways into the batter in each skull cavity. Bake until the cakes are set and golden brown on top, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes in the pan before unmolding the bites.
  5. For the pizza sauce: Meanwhile, whisk the tomato sauce, Parmesan, tomato paste, sugar, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper together in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the cheese has melted and the sauce looks smooth, 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Serve the skull bites warm with warm pizza sauce for dipping.