Stuffed Pizza Tombstones

12 Oct 2018

Whaaaat, two Halloween bakes in the space of a week? That's right, I actually have my stuff together at the minute! I've been itching to do something savoury on my blog for a while because I think the last time I did was the scotch eggs in this post from last year, and that's just way too long ago! Now, I'm not well-versed in all things savoury and tend to stick to the realms of cupcakes and brownies, so I wanted to create something easy. That way, I would be able to do it and you could recreate the bake easily too! I saw these pizza skulls floating around last year and fell head over heels for them. I kind of stuffed last October full of Halloween bakes, which didn't leave a lot of room to fit them in, so I've decided to re-visit them this year.

Now, you may be thinking, "Olivia, are you daft? Those aren't skulls!" and if you are thinking that, you would be completely right! Let me spin you a woeful yarn... I have hunted everywhere for that particular Nordic Ware pan. I know TK Maxx and Homesense stock Nordic Ware, so I have visited as many as I can multiple times to see if it's ever in stock. Alex even took me to the one in the Metro Centre and we made plans to visit the York Homesense (I bet that because those plans got scuppered, the tin was in stock there), and there was never a sniff of the tin. I was starting to get really unhappy about it - not just because I wanted to make the pizza skulls, but also because it's just a downright cool tin. Imagine all the gothic and unusual things I could make with it! But then I realised, this was an opportunity for me to make these tomatoey cheesy guys my own, and luckily, I found this tombstone pan in TK Maxx! I snatched it up right away, and so, these stuffed pizza tombstones were born. (I know I could've bought the skull one online, but have you seen how expensive it is!? I'm a poor graduate, so that was completely out of the question).

I love pizza, but then again, who doesn't? And the thing that I love most about it is that it's so versatile and can be made to suit anyone's tastes. You can have a veggie pizza, vegan pizza, gluten-free pizza, dairy-free pizza, paleo and even keto pizza - it's just one of life's simple pleasures that can be made up in a whole bunch of ways. For me, I'm a cheesy pizza type of girl - the more cheese the better - and I also love a bit of meat with a BBQ flavour. So I took those two loves into consideration and filled my tombstones with cheddar, mozzarella and smoky bacon. A match made in heaven!
Like I said at the beginning, this is a stupidly simple recipe and it absolutely doesn't have to be made in a tombstone pan. You could use any shaped tins you have or even just make mini calzones! If you have special dietary requirements, you may need to put a little bit more effort in and make your own dough, but I bought mine from the supermarket, meaning I could whip these up in no time. They're ideal if you're in a pinch and want something savoury but spooky for a Halloween party.

You will need:
1 roll of store-bought pizza dough (or make your own)
1 jar tomato and basil pizza sauce
Any toppings you like (I used grated cheddar, mozzarella and cooked smoky bacon pieces)

  1. Preheat your oven to 200c/180c fan.
  2. Dust a clean work surface with flour and unroll your pizza dough. Use a rolling pin to make it slightly thinner, then cut into 6 even pieces. If you've made your own dough, roll it out to your desired thickness and cut into 6 even pieces.
  3. Lay these pieces into your tin, making sure that there is excess dough on each piece to seal the back of the tombstones, and start to add your pizza toppings. How you layer them is up to you, but I did a tomato and basil base, some cheddar and mozzarella, then bacon pieces, then a little more sauce and little more cheddar.
  4. Once you have added toppings to each one, fold the excess dough over them, pinching and sealing the back of each tombstone. Press each one down slightly in order to get a clear print of the front designs.
  5. Place the tin into the oven and allow the pizzas to bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool in the tin.

When I said that these were easy, I meant it! And what's so great about them is that they can be as extravagant or as pared-down as you like. You just want cheese and tomato? Go for it! Wanna fill them up with all sort of colourful veggies? Sounds brill! Are meat feasts your thing? Add chicken, pepperoni, ham... the works! However, you fill them, they're going to be loved by everyone and will leave people coming back for more. They're seriously good and look so impressive for something that literally takes half an hour to make.

Whould you like to comment?

  1. These look amazing and super spooky. I like to make Halloween inspired foods but have no where to take them anymore! I might try these for my kids though!

    1. Ooooh I hope you found the tin and gave them a go, Amy! x

  2. Lovely post Olivia, I enjoyed reading about how you created these. All your bakes are amazing, and I was surprised to hear you say this one was easy, it looks so pro! I love that you tried something savoury, especially for Halloween as it’s unique and anything pizza related is a win with me. :-) xx

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