Merlin’s Abracadabra Hats

Halloween is coming sooner than you can collect newts eyes and lizard tongues for your Spooky Party! So here is an quick, devilish treat that sprang from Merlin’s famous hat to your party platter. They’re so easy – and good – you might want to “double double, no toil, no trouble!”

Merlin’s Abracadabra Hats

  • 1 pkg. crescent dinner rolls
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper (optional)
  • 16 slices pepperoni
  • 3 – 4 salami sticks, cut into 2″ pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. pepper-jack cheese, shredded (or finely diced, divided)
  • 2 cups pizza, marinara or arrabiatta pasta sauce

Preheat oven to 375. Set out non-stick cookie sheet or cover regular cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Separate dough and place individual pieces on cutting board. Gently shape each piece into a tall triangle.  Sprinkle basil evenly over all and the lemon pepper (if using) only on the top 1/3 (near the tip). Press down lightly so herbs stick to the dough.

Stack the pepperoni slices in 2 or 3 stacks Using a sharp knife or a biscuit cutter, cut pepperoni pieces into crescents. (Each slice will give you 2 crescents.) Place 1 salami stick piece at the wide base of the triangle. Sprinkle some of the pepper-jack cheese over salami and begin to roll up dough to completely cover salami about 1/3 of the way up the triangle. (This makes the brim of the hat.)

Arrange 2 pieces of pepperoni decoratively on the top of the hat and press down gently, and arrange on prepared cookie sheet.

Bake 12 minutes or until slightly golden on edges. While “hats” are baking, heat pizza, marinara or arrabiatta sauce to serve as a dip for the hats.

Makes 8 hats

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