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What you need:

2 (8 oz.) cans crescent rolls
flour, for dusting
1/2 jar of prepared pizza sauce
10 oz / 284g  thinly sliced pepperoni
10 oz /284g  thinly sliced ham, chopped
10 oz /284g Italian sausage, cooked, crumbled, and drained
12 oz/ 340g mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup  fine, freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Decoration:

Liquid food coloring of  your choice
4 egg yolks, divided
2 peppercorns
2 pimento-stuffed green olives
1 roasted red pepper

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C /375F / gas mark 5.

On a lightly floured surface, spread out your two batches of crescent dough (pilsbury) end-to-end lengthwise. Be careful not to let the sections separate.

Pinch all the seams together until you get one block of dough.

 With a flour-brushed rolling pin, roll your crescent dough into a large, long rectangle.( Don’t roll it too thin, or it will split.)

Spoon pizza sauce on top of dough, leaving an inch of bare dough on all four edges.

Sprinkle meats on top of sauce, followed by any other optional toppings.

Sprinkle with cheeses.

Fold one side of the dough lenghtwise over the topping, up to the half-point of the rectangle.

Fold the other side over to meet it. Pinch and press the dough together on all sides to seal.

With a pastry brush, brush the beaten yolk of one egg onto the top of the dough.

Fold your filled dough in half lengthwise. The egg yolk should help it stick. A seam should be created lengthwise along the dough. Pinch this seam together to fully seal and make a sort of cylinder. Be sure all seams are well closed. Any open seams will open further during baking.

Gently manipulate ends into a snake shape– one end should be tapered for a tail, and the other shaped for the head. Don’t curve it into a snake yet. You’ll do that right before baking.

Decorating Instructions:
Beat each of your remaining three egg yolks in a separate bowl.

Add the food coloring of your choice to each bowl to make three separate “paints.”

With a pastry brush or a food-safe paintbrush, decorate your snake as desired.

Transfer painted snake to a foiled-lined, greased baking sheet.

Gently shape as desired, into an “S” or other snakey shape.

Stick two peppercorns into the front of the snout for nostrils.

Slice your roasted red pepper into a forked tongue. Insert into front of head.

Bake your snake about 20 minutes, until golden and cooked through.

Remove from oven. Attach olive “eyes” to the top of the head using toothpicks. Pimento centers should face forward.

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What you need:

1 full-sized plastic human skull
1.5 lbs. thin sliced deli meat of  your choice
Cream cheese, BBQ sauce, or cranberry sauce
2 hard boiled egg yolks, round mini-mozzarella pieces, or cocktail onions
2 slices of pimento-stuffed green olive

Lettuce leaves, spinach leaves or some thing similar for decoration.

What you do:

Buy a plastic skull from any child’s Halloween outlet.  Wash the skull with soap and water and allow to dry.

Spread a “base” over the skull. BBQ sauce and jellied cranberry sauce give the skull a bloody, gory look as your guests lift away the lunch meat. Cream cheese is not as fun, but probably tastes better with most meats. This is entirely your choice.

Evenly distribute your lunch meat over the prepared skull, leaving openings at the eyes and mouth. Smallish pieces of meat work better than larger ones, as they’re easier to manipulate and form. You may need to use toothpicks to get some of the meat to stay in place.

For eyes:

 place one hard boiled egg yolk or small mozzarella cheese ball in each eye socket. Top with a slice of pimento-stuffed green olive.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat.

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What you need:
1lb / 450g Penne pasta
1lb / 450g pork sausage meat
700g sugocasa tomato sauce
9oz / 250g mozzarella cheese ( drained & roughly diced)
1oz / 25g freshly chopped basil leaves ( plus extra to garnish )

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F / gas mark 6.
Boil a large pan of water & cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.
In the meantime, pull off pieces of sausage meat & roll to form balls to the size of your choice.
Drain the pasta and pour into a large oven-proof dish ( or roasting tin).
Stir in the tomato sauce and mix well.
Add the mozzarella cheese, sausage balls, and chopped basil leaves and mix altogether.
Cook in the oven for around 20 mins until the cheese has melted & the meatballs are golden in colour & cooked thoroughly.
Sprinkle on the remaining chopped basil leaves to garnish and serve immediately.

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