Stuffed Monster Heads
Blazing Monster Eyes
This is a variation on Monster Eyeballs that many of my taste testers preferred. Or at least liked just as much. It really is a matter of personal preference. These are fun, easy to make, and kids love them. It is important to cut the pepperoni large enough so that it will be seen after baking, yet small enough to fit into the olives. The amount of pepperoni needed really depends on the size of your olives. I have made this with pepperoni slices tightly rolled up and placed in the olive which also worked well and saves a lot of time if you purchase presliced pepperoni.
4 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon paprika
dash cayenne pepper
1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup mild cheddar cheese
1 cup flour
50 whole black olives
50 small chunks of pepperoni
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl beat the butter until very soft and smooth. Add the paprika and cayenne and blend. Add the cheeses and mix well. Stir in the flour. Take an olive and insert the chunk of pepperoni. With your fingers wrap about 1 1/2 teaspoons of dough around the olive, leaving a small part of it outside the dough to form an iris on the eye (use the pepperoni stuffed opening for the part that is seen for the best effect). Roll the mixture into a smooth ball and place one inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake until the cheddar pastry is firm and crispy, but not browned, about 12 minutes. Serve hot or cold.
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