Candies may be ultra popular during Halloween but you won’t miss the sweets with these Halloween pizza bread mummies. Easy, fun to make and delicious!
There hasn’t been a Halloween party in our neighborhood for years but that didn’t stop us from having a little fun trying to dream up of scary (but cute!) food for the occasion. It happened after a series of failed attempts to scare ourselves silly with horror movies.
We’re waiting for Season 2 of Stranger Things and, last week, we rewatched every episode of Season 1. With a few more days before the premiere of Season 2, just to keep the mood going, Alex suggested a horror movie marathon from Monday until Thursday. For starters, a Scream marathon. We’d seen them all before, of course, but we thought it would be fun anyway.
Sam wasn’t interested. She likes her horror movies really gory. Armed with bags of potato chips, Speedy, Alex and I started with the 1996 film. Drew Barrymore got butchered in the opening scene, Rose McGowan was squished by the garage door toward the end and Courtney Cox survived to reprise her role in the sequels. I don’t think Speedy managed to finish the first film. And the sequels? Ah, the sequels. I fell asleep before I could recall the plot of Scream 2. Alex went on to watch it anyway.
But with Sam not bothering to join us (except to get a bag of potato chips), her father going to bed before the first film was through and me falling asleep somewhere during the opening credits of Scream 2, Alex did not suggest doing another Scream marathon the following night to finish the complete franchise. She revised her plan. Another marathon. Halloween, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Prom Night—all of which came out long before the girls were born and all of which I had seen before too. But that was many, many years ago. Maybe, just maybe, watching them again could elicit a few squeals?
Halloween was too slow. No one died until after the first half. A Nightmare on Elm Street was better, but…
“Could we find something else to watch tomorrow?”
The following night, we tried watching Atomic Blonde. We tried. Such competent actors lost in a badly written screenplay. Before we knew it, we had lost interest and we were talking about food. Yep, while everyone was shooting everyone else on the TV screen, Alex was on her phone scanning Halloween food on Instagram. All of a sudden, Speedy was giving us his ideas too. From that point, never mind what happened to every character in the film. From Atomic Blonde to Halloween food. Yeah, right. We lost touch with the plot of Atomic Blonde but we did agree to try a few Halloween food ideas the next day.
The first was a pasta dish. Green slimy noodles. Dark red sauce. Eyes poking on top. The amount of butter I tossed the pasta in to make them glisten and give them that slimy appearance was unbelievable. I added hefty amounts of paprika and tomato paste to my usual meat sauce had to make it redder. And the eyes? Quail eggs stuffed with pitted black olives.
By the time I was done, I was so sure that I wasn’t going to post any photo of the scary pasta dish. I didn’t think it was scary at all. In fact, it looked like a comedy of errors. But, get this, it was delicious. It just didn’t look scary at all. Twenty-four hours later, I saw the humor in the attempt and decided why not share the photo anyway? The pasta might not look scary but the attempt to make it sure was funny.
We had better luck with the Halloween pizza bread mummies.
Sliced bread with crusts removed were cut in half, toasted and smeared with extra-thick tomato sauce. Strips of mozzarella were arranged on top of the tomato sauce to mimic the appearance of bandages wrapped around mummies. For the eyes, sliced pitted black olives. Then, the cheese was melted using a kitchen torch to make the mummies look ancient and give them that decaying appearance.
Does the Halloween pizza bread mummies look scary to you? I’m not sure they scare me but, like the pasta, they were scrumptious. Want to try making them? Here’s how.
Cut off the crusts of the bread slices. Cut each bread in half and arrange on a baking tray.
Smear a tablespoon of tomato sauce on each bread half making sure that the entire surface is covered.
Cut the mozzarella into slices about 1/4 inch thick then cut each slice into strips about 1/4 inch wide.
Drape the mozzarella strips in a loose crisscross pattern on the bread slices, leaving space for the eyes.
Slice the pitted black olives into rings about 1/4 inch thick.
Drop two olive slices in the space allotted for the eyes. Fill the center of the olive slices with small pieces of mozzarella.
You may either broil the Halloween pizza bread mummies in a preheated oven (450F for 5 minutes) or use a kitchen torch to heat the cheese strips directly until partially melted and darkened in spots.
Serve the Halloween pizza bread mummies while the cheese is still gooey.