Just like I did as a child, my boys love classic candy corn. Since it’s the Halloween season, I thought it would be fun to surprise them with this candy corn-inspired snack pizza after school. It’s perfect right now as the days are getting shorter, the afternoons cooler, and a warmer snack is just right for them.
To make the pizzas was easy. First, by using burrito size flour tortillas, instead of pizza dough, it saved me a lot of time and effort. Next, I played with different cheeses and chorizo to recreate the classic colors of candy corn- white, orange and yellow. The Oaxaca cheese was perfect, because it melts so easily to a creamy white, and the Quesadilla cheese has a nice, yellow color, perfect for the outer circle. For the orange middle section, I made two different versions. In the first, I just used a teaspoon of beef chorizo, which created a spicy pizza. My husband and my older son loved it. For the second version, I mixed a little bit of chorizo with a little bit of sweet potato puree. This gave the pizza a deeper orange color, closer to candy corn, and was less spicy for my younger son. Everybody was happy.
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HOW TO MAKE IT
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook chorizo in a pan at medium high heat for approximately 13 minutes. While chorizo is cooking, shred Oaxaca cheese.
- Heat up a skillet and warm up one tortilla on both sides, leaving one side for a little longer until it is a little toastier. Remove from skillet. Make the pizza by adding a “circle” of Oaxaca cheese in the center of the tortilla. Then spread 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of chorizo in a ring around the Queso Oaxaca. Finish with the Queso Quesadilla in a ring around the chorizo. For a sweeter taste, and more orange color, you can mix one teaspoon of sweet potato puree with 1 1/2 teaspoons of chorizo. Repeat until you finish with the 8 “pizzas.” Bake for 1 ½ - 2 minutes until the cheeses are completely melted.