Gathering: an assembly or meeting, especially a social or festive one, or one held for a specific purpose. –Google dictionary
Gathering: a coming together of family and friends to celebrate a special occasion and toast the bonds of friendship with Gallo wine. –The Wimpy Vegetarian
Halloween for me is the (un)official kickoff for the fall gathering season that leads to winter. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza are next, culminating in New Years and a major exhalation onto a sofa with a good book.
I love getting friends together for a Halloween potluck (sans costumes since I can NEVER think of a good costume). Something casual, almost last-minute, but full of fun. Sometimes these are the best parties of all. If you decide to have your own Halloween gathering of friends (with or without costumes), here are some fun entertaining ideas from the folks at Gallo Family Vineyards.
This year, I’m making this mummy calzone. The tomato sauce uses GFV Merlot wine and can be make a week ahead. Just keep it in the refrigerator until you need it, or freeze it for up to 6 months. You can make your own pizza crust, or buy it at your local store. But don’t forget to pick up some Gallo wine using this handy store locator. And here’s a $1-off coupon to take with you!
The folks at GFV have lots of ideas coming up for entertaining during the holidays, so you might want to follow them on social media to keep up to date:
Calzone Mummies for Halloween
- 1 28- ounce can peeled tomatoes I highly recommend San Marzano
- 9 cloves garlic peeled
- 2 tablespoon Gallo Family Vineyards merlot wine
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 8 kalamata olives
- 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas or 1 14-ounce can
- 2 roasted and peeled red bell peppers coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 1- lb package frozen pizza dough or make your own
- Mozzarella cheese grated
- Parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add all of the Sauce ingredients together in a baking pan and stir a few times to mix up a bit. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes. The sauce should be cooked down enough that you can draw a line through the middle with a spoon and the line remains for at least 15 seconds.
- Thaw the pizza dough according to the package directions.
- Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces and roll into balls. Place one ball on a lightly floured work surface and cover the other three.
- Roll out the dough in the shape of a circle to the thickness you prefer. My circle was about 8" in diameter. Place the pizza round on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Sprinkle ¼ cup grated mozzarella cheese down the middle in the shape of a column.
- Spoon ⅓ cup Sauce on top and finish with a light sprinkling for mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
- For the mummy bindings, slice the dough into 1" wide strips on either side of the Sauce and cheese.
- Working with one side at a time, wrap the strips over the Sauce and cheese.
- The top strips form the covered head.
- Lightly baste with butter. Cover with plastic. and repeat with the remaining balls of doughs. Always keep the remaining balls covered with plastic.
- Reduce the heat to 375˚F and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.