Creepy Kitchen: Pizza Tombstones from @kleffnotes

This recipe was totally inspired by watching Jade the Libra make pizza pockets using her own tombstone baking pans. I have linked to her original video here and am sharing some of my tips and tricks, one of which involves a super fast and tasty way to make this recipe in way fewer steps. Hope you enjoy!

The major thing you need for this recipe is some sort of Halloween shaped baking dish. I have seen skulls and tombstones both used and while there are a lot of places doing Halloween sales, especially Michael’s, this is a perfect time to find one before Halloween. I have two tombstone pans that make 8 tombstones each and I used all of them in this recipe. Now depending on how you follow this recipe you will either need pizza dough mix, some form of uncooked pre-made pizza dough, or my personal favorite you will need multiple packages of Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough. Now beyond the pans you will need an oven, baking spray, shredded cheese, pizza sauce, and the toppings of your choosing. Jade goes through the steps in her video, but if you want a quicker run down I have some quick steps.

One: Preheat oven to 375 Fahrenheit.

Two: Take tombstone pans and spray them with baking spray.

Three: If you are making pizza dough yourself you should do that now so it has time to rest or you could even make it the night before, depending on your preference. I found making dough made this recipe harder and led to pizzas that while tasty were really too doughy. If you are using pre-made dough or going with my favorite option, Crescent Rolls, you should start opening your packages so you have dough to work with.

Four: With the Crescent Rolls you need to keep 2 of them together so leave them in their square shape. Lay that into the tombstone and then take a single crescent and lay it vertically to cover the seams of the two connected crescents. For dough you make then you will need to do your best to roll out the dough and then find away to either stack two rolled out sections or have enough that you can push the dough together when you are done.

Five: The next part of the process is filing the dough. Now you can do this a variety of ways. I made a variation on the spinach and artichoke pizzas Jade made and mixed all of that up in a bowl and then spooned in filling with a little extra cheese. When I used dough that I made I added cheese both inside and on the outside. For the traditional pizza sauce style pizzas I mixed up the sauce, the toppings, and some cheese in a bowl, spooned that in, and then also added extra cheese. For the crescent version I didn’t need to add extra cheese on the outside, but it was crucial to keeping the filling in when I used dough I made.

Unbaked tombstones with cheese on top in baking pan

Six: After they are filled seal the pizzas by folding the door over the filling. Then if you are using crescent rolls you will put your pans in the oven for 15 minutes, possibly 17 if you used a lot of filling. For dough you make this time might need to be increased.

Seven: When done let the pockets cool for at least 5 minutes. You will then need to carefully remove from the pans, especially if you used Crescent Rolls. Once removed you can plate and eat. These last well and can be reheated easily so they make for a great leftover if you make too many.

Baked tombstone pizza in pan with melted cheese
Baked tombstones flipped over to show tombstone inscriptions on an orange and black Halloween plate

If you make these let me know what you think or if you have your own Halloween recipes I’d love to hear them.


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