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I never thought I would say this in a house of girls but we are gearing up to watch the basketball competition coming this month! Katie, my 9 year old, is a sports fanatic and no sport is left out. From football, which you know all of us are nuts about, to baseball and now to basketball, she is a watcher, player and fan! With teams hitting the hard-court to battle it out for the championship, I have to be prepared with fun snacks for the kids and heartburn relief for me. So while I make and enjoy these Basketball Pizza Snacks, I also have on hand my Nexium 24HR. Purchased at Walmart along with Advil Liqui-Gels that I will need after the screaming of the little girls subsides, supplies that help me better deal with eating snacks are a definite need!
Nexium 24HR, the new #1 selling frequent heartburn brand* (*Based on IRI sales data 52 weeks ending 11/1/15 among OTC brands. May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Use as directed.) I discovered it a while back when I realized that if I ate certain foods, I paid with heartburn later. Now I am prepared ahead of time to help ease the reaction by having it on hand. Since I never know when we will stop at a sports bar to catch the latest net action with my girls, I have it on hand at all times. I use it as directed on the package and love being prepared. Making things like these Basketball Pizza Snacks, which I saw on SheKnows, means I need to prepare ahead of time so our basketball fun is not ruined by heartburn!
So when you are shopping at Walmart for the ingredients for your Basketball Pizza Snacks, grab a bottle of Nexium 24HR. You might as well grab some Advil Liqui-Gels or Tablets. (Ask a doctor before use if you have a history of stomach problems, such as heartburn. Nothing’s stronger, longer lasting or better on your tough aches and pains than Advil* (*Among OTC brands). Since my girls have inherited my jumping up and down and screaming during sporting events habit, I will need paid relief by the end of the game! Being prepared with the essentials is a must!
Now onto these super easy and clever Basketball Pizza Snacks. I saw these a while back and have been waiting to make them. They are so easy and so fun that anyone can do it. You just need a cake pop pan and come ingredients!
- 1 tube refrigerated pizza crust
- 3 mozzarella cheese sticks
- 12-24 pepperoni slices
- 1 jar pizza sauce
- 1 black food coloring pen (I used blue)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Orange food coloring (or 2 drops of red, 4 drops of yellow)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and spray your cake pop pan on both sides. Spread pizza crust on a work surface. Using a 3-inch round cutter, cut 12 circles of dough. Cut mozzarella sticks into 1-inch pieces. Place one or two pepperoni slices on each circle of dough and add mozzarella pieces on top. Pinch the dough closed around the cheese and pepperoni. Place the dough balls in the bottom half of the cake pop pan. Attach the top of the pan and secure shut. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow pan to cool for 5 minutes before opening. If some of the pizza balls have ridges in the center, trim them off with a pair of scissors. Using a black/ blue food coloring pen, draw basketball lines on the pizza balls. Add orange food coloring to 1 tablespoon of butter and mix well. Add more food coloring to achieve desired color. Brush the tinted butter on the pizza balls, wiping off any excess with a paper towel.
- Basketballs can be refrigerated for up to three days, until you're ready to serve them. To reheat, place basketballs on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 8-10 minutes. Serve with a bowl of warm pizza sauce for dipping.
- See original recipe: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/987545/basketball-calzone-recipe
How fun are these? We all love pizza snacks but adding the basketball flair just makes these that much better!
A few tips for this recipe:
– Make sure you spray the pan really well, top and bottom. There is grease from the pepperoni that comes out during baking but it is not enough to get the pops out without tearing.
– I used the blue food coloring pen for these because my local store did not have black. But you can get black online to use as well!
– When painting on the butter, don’t melt it totally. It needs to be soft, but it will not tint the snacks well if it melts.
– Have lots of napkins on hand! Making these can be messy so have lots of napkins or a towel nearby!
Now that I have my Nexium 24HR, I can enjoy my Basketball Pizza Snacks without worrying about the effects of heartburn later!
What other snacks and essentials will you have on hand as the players hit the hoops this year?