Twisted Octopus Pizza


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Twisted Octopus Pizza

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    How cute is this octopus kid-friendly pizza? Have your kids help make this too!

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    1 (16-oz.) pkg. frozen Hy-Vee traditional pizza dough, thawed in refrigerator overnight
    2 (1-oz. each) Hy-Vee string cheese sticks, cut lengthwise to create 8 total strips
    ¼ c. plus 2 tbsp. Hy-Vee pizza sauce, divided
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
    2 yellow bell pepper slices
    2 Hy-Vee sliced black olives
    1 slice(s) red bell pepper
    3 tbsp. mini pepperoni slices

    Things To Grab

    • Baking sheet
    • Parchment paper
    • Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray


    1. Thaw pizza dough in the refrigerator overnight.

    2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. Shape 1/3 of pizza dough into an oval for the octopus head; place on prepared baking sheet. Cut 8 (1-inch each) strips of various lengths from remaining dough for tentacles; wrap dough strips around cheese strips; pinch the edges to seal. Attach strips to octopus head. Bake 5 minutes. 

    3. Spread 1/4 cup pizza sauce on the head; sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Add yellow bell pepper slices and black olives for eyes and red pepper strip for mouth. Brush 2 tablespoons pizza sauce. Lightly sprinkle with 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella. Top with mini pepperoni slices. Bake 10 to 15 minutes more or until cheese begins to brown.