Halloween is approaching and with it comes a frightfully howling wind filled with ghouls, witches, goblins, tricks and these tasty treats … Meatball Mummies. I’m dying from the cuteness factor alone.
I love Halloween. I always have. When my kids were little, we threw a party every Halloween night complete with haunted house decor, candy-filled cauldrons, screaming soundtracks and a plethora of devilishy fun appetizers. The house was filled with costumed family, friends and an abundant amount of trick-or-treaters … we lived on a great Halloween street. These meatball mummies would have made a great impression.
Made with pre-cooked meatballs, pizza dough ‘bandages’ and served with a side of bloody marinara dipping sauce, these mummies are like hearty little meatball sub sandwiches … with eyes. Easy to make, tasty to eat and ghoulishly fun … no Hallween will be complete without a band of delectable meatball mummies making a presence.
You will need 24 pre-cooked meatballs (golf ball size) to make eight meatball mummies. You may use pre-made frozen meatballs or make your own (if the meatballs are frozen, thaw before using). I used some I reserved from my recent meatball making frenzy day. You can get my tasty meatball recipe here. Thread three meatballs onto a bamboo skewer, this will help keep them together as you wrap them. The skewer is temporary and will be removed before baking.
Remove the refrigerated pizza crust dough from the package and keep it rolled. With a sharp knife, cut the dough in 1/4 inch slices. Pick up a skewered mummy and wrap a string of pizza dough haphazardly around. Repeat this process using about three dough sliced strings for each mummy. Make sure to keep an opening for the eyes. Carefully remove the bamboo skewer and place each mummy on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake in at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and the meatballs are heated through. Remove from the oven, line your band of mummies up (because they look awesome that way) and let cool slightly.
Now we give these mummies some personality! Put 1 to 2 tablespoons cream cheese in a frosting bag and attach a small round decorator tip. Dot two white cream cheese eyes on each mummy. Next, take a regular drinking straw and poke it through a halved black olive. Gently push the olive pupil out of the straw and place it on the cream cheese eyes using a bamboo skewer (or toothpick).
Note: If you don’t have frosting bags, you may use a plastic baggie and either attach a small round decorator tip to it or cut a very small piece off the corner.
Don’t forget the warmed marinara sauce for dipping!
Hope you have a ghoulishly fun Halloween!
- Prepare the meatballs (f they are frozen, allow to thaw before using). Thread three meatballs on a bamboo skewer to keep from moving around when wrapping them.
- Remove the refrigerated pizza crust dough from the package and leave rolled. With a sharp knife, cut ¼ inch slices.
- Wrap a string of pizza dough haphazardly around the meatballs. Repeat with two more dough strings, or enough to cover the meatballs to your liking. Remember to leave a space for the eyes.
- Carefully remove the bamboo skewers and place the mummies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until the dough is a golden brown and the meatballs are heated through.
- Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
- Make the eyes using cream cheese spread and black olives. Put 1 to 2 tablespoons cream cheese in a frosting bag (or plastic baggie) fitted with a small round decorator tip (or cut a small slit in the corner of the baggie). Squeeze two small dots onto the face of each mummy.
- Next, slice the black olives in half and poke a straw through each olive half. Gently push the olive pupil out of the straw and place it on the cream cheese eyes using a bamboo skewer (or toothpick).
- Serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.
Adapted from Spend with Pennies. Holly has a great site you may want to check out, filled with DIY Tips, Crafts, Holiday and Shopping Deals.