It’s officially Spooky Season! Halloween in only one week away!!
I’m actually a total wimp, so by Spooky Season, I mean watching old Disney Channel Halloween movies and avoiding any scary movie previews!.
But, nonetheless, I’m still in the Halloween Spirit! This means I have got to prep and plan for all the Halloween deliciousness for any parties coming up. I can’t think of anything more Halloween than Ooey Gooey Pizza Intestines!
Do you know what I truly love about Halloween? I love how you can get away with making all these super gross and disgusting foods, and it’s like totally acceptable. Like, if I told you in February that I was going to make a pizza roll that looked like the small intestine, you would probably think I’m super weird and question the validity of this recipe.
But since it’s Halloween, it’s totally okay to make my food look like a body organ!
Despite the grotesque appearance of these pizza rolls, they’re actually really fun to make! The key here is the pizza dough! I took a huge shortcut and got a fresh ball of pizza dough from my local deli. We all have a lot going on and sometimes I don’t have time to fiddle with yeast, you feel me? You could probably use a roll of crescent dough if you wanted, but I promise you, try to find pizza dough, or make it yourself. I love how the dough bakes up into a chewy, crusty deliciousness that soaks up all of that yummy red sauce!
I tested this recipe a few times, I figured out a couple of little tricks along the way! First, make sure the sausage mixture is completely cool when you go to stuff the pizza. If you stuff the pizza dough while the sausage is still warm, it’ll create little steam pockets throughout the dough. When it’s done baking, you’ll have empty little pockets of air where the dough got a little funky.
Second, work with small sections of the dough! From one package of dough, I was able to create four sections of the intestine. Working with a smaller section of dough at a time makes it easier for you to handle the dough and create the curvy shape of the intestines once the dough is stuffed.
Third, serve the extra sauce on the side! I tried to put the extra sauce on top when I baked it in the oven, but the crust didn’t get as crispy crunchy as I was hoping. Just use a little egg wash with red food coloring and you will be good to go.
2 balls of pizza dough
1 jar of pizza sauce
1 pound of sausage
1 yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 bag of shredded mozzarella
2 drops of red food coloring
Chop the onion into a small dice. Begin to cook the sausage in a skillet on medium heat. Once the sausage is slightly cooked through, add in the onion! You don’t have to add any olive oil to the pan because the sausage will let off enough grease so nothing sticks! After the onion has cooked for about 2 minutes, add in the garlic! Once the sausage is fully cooked, pour the sausage mixture onto a paper towel-lined plate and let cool.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Gather your ingredients to make the assembly a little easier. I put the shredded cheese, sauce, and sausage mixture in separate bowls. Then flour the surface, and grab about 1/4 of the pizza dough. I like to use gravity to help me stretch out pizza dough, so I pick up the dough and gently stretch the dough at one side, letting the other side kind of pull the dough down! It helps to gently stretch the dough, otherwise, once you lay it back down, it’ll shrink back to its original size, kind of like a rubber band!
Once the dough is all stretched out, add a light layer of sauce, then sprinkle some cheese. Add a couple of spoonfuls of the sausage mixture to the top. I like to break up any big pieces of sausage, so it rolls better. Then grab the top of the dough and pull it up over the mixture. Pinch together the edges to seal them! Then carefully pick up the roll and lay it on a baking sheet. I try to give it that curved shape of intestines. I connect two pieces of dough by just pinching them together to help the intestines have a seamless look. Repeat this process until the dough is gone, or you have the shape you’re going for!
Take one egg in a small bowl and add two drops of food coloring! Gently brush all over the dough! Then place in the oven for about 35 minutes! The dough will be puffed and crisp to the touch!
Serve with some extra sauce on the side or drizzled beside them! After all, intestines need to have some form of blood and goo with them, right?!
These are so deliciously disgusting! I love how these came out! They are filled to the brim with delicious flavors that will fill up any trick or treaters before the candy eating begins!