Recipe: Cheese Ghost Mini Pizzas

Recipe: Cheese Ghost Mini Pizzas

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Meghan Splawn
Oct 31, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Cheese pizza ghosts are the only kind of ghost you'll want haunting your kitchen this Halloween. A quick combination of English muffins, pizza sauce, and sliced mozzarella cheese come together for a festive snack or dinner.

The secret to cute and easy cheese ghosts? A flower-shaped cookie cutter.

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

Cheese Ghosts Go Boo!

The hardest part of making pizza ghosts is cutting the cheese! Cheese type matters, too — softer cheeses like fresh mozzarella will ooze over the edges of the pizza. Pick a skim mozzarella block that you can slice and then cut the ghosts out using a cookie cutter.

You can buy a ghost cookie cutter, sure, but chances are you already have a flower cookie cutter you can invert and turn into a ghost. Inverted Santa hat and holiday bell cookie cutters work well too.

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Ghost Pizza

Makes 12 mini pizzas

  • 1 (16-ounce) block

    part-skim mozzarella

  • 6

    English muffins, split

  • 3/4 cup

    pizza sauce or marinara

Slice the mozzarella into 1/8-inch-thick slabs — the wider the better. Use a cookie cutter (a ghost or an inverted tulip) or a paring knife to cut a ghost shape in each cheese slice. Use a straw to punch eyes out of each ghost.

Arrange an oven rack 6 to 8 inches from the broiler and heat broiler to low. Arrange the English muffins on a rimmed baking sheet. Broil until dry but not browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oven and spread each muffin with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce. Lay a cheese ghost on each pizza. Return to oven and broil the pizzas until the cheese has melted, 3 to 5 minutes more. If the cheese spreads too much, use a chopstick to nudge it back into place — a little circular motion in the eyes will widen them.

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