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Jumpin' Jack-O'-Lantern Pizzas!

What’s happy, round and screams Halloween? These Jack-O’-Lantern Pizzas! I am always looking for new ways to get my kids invested in making and, ultimately, eating meals. This is so kid-friendly that my boys made their own mini-pizzas for dinner! What a fun, simple idea! They were easy to make and on the table in less than 20 minutes. Let's get started!

 

Heat oven to 375°F.

Place pita bread on a large baking sheet. Top each pizza with two tablespoons of pizza sauce. (We used a can of our favorite marinara sauce that the boys like on their pasta.)

You will need at least eight slices of yellow Deli American, cut in half diagonally to make two big triangles.

The directions say “arrange four cheese triangles over the sauce so the center points meet in the middle of pizza forming a square.” It sounds easy, but I must admit: it took me a minute to figure it out. (Yup. Geometrically challenged. You caught me!)

So you place them like this:

See how the center points meet to make the square?

I must admit that with a starving five-year-old, the urge to put down one square of cheese and call it done was easier, but then we quickly discovered that his brother’s square was bigger! This was another example of the tragedies and inequalities that occur at my house. So, we quickly fixed it and moved on.  Add a thin slice of bell pepper to make a stem. If you cut the pepper in half and take a part of the bottom of the pepper, it makes a great-looking stem.

Next, cut 12 slices of pepperoni into triangles to place on pizzas for eyes and noses.

Cut 12 more pepperoni slices in half and place six halves on each pizza creating a mouth. I helped my five-year-old, who is detail-oriented, to make the mouth. I looked at the picture of the Jack-O’-Lantern Pizzas on the website just to make sure it matched. It’s all in the details with my kids. It would have been just my luck for one of the mouths not to be “right” and risk a hunger-induced meltdown.

However, my seven year-old did great with his own design. Then, when making a pizza for Dad, the boys discovered that if you use the round pepperoni as eyes and the left-over triangle cuttings (straight pieces), you can make a ‘robot’ Jack-O’-Lantern. With lasers shooting out of its eyes. That’s right. Lasers. Leave it to my kids to turn something so sweet and creative into a weapon.

Place the pizzas in the oven and bake 10-13 minutes or until the cheese is melted. If you like a crispier crust, bake the pizzas directly on the rack. Let cool slightly, and then Viola! Dinner is served!

Boo! It’s a scary dinner tonight!

The boys loved the idea of making their own mini-pizzas, the Jack-O’-Lantern idea was great and they truly enjoyed making their own dinners. I will also be saving this one for quick lunch meals, too. I hope you will try making these with your family.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you have a minute, please help me out. My kids are not huge veggie eaters, but I would love for them to be more adventurous about trying them. This seems like the perfect opportunity to put veggies on their pizzas. What other veggies could I use to “decorate” the Jack O’ Lantern Pizzas? Thanks in advance for your help!

Alex is paid to write for the Land O'Lakes Recipe Buzz® Blog. 

 

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