Halloween Mozzarella Zombie Eyeballs

October 12, 2017

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Give Halloween guests the creeps with these gruesome, but delicious Halloween Mozzarella Zombie Eyeballs that will be staring back at them as they eat!

Halloween was always such a fun holiday as a kid.  I loved dressing up in costume and rushing home from school to go trick-or-treating.  What kid didn’t want to come home with a pillowcase stuffed with free candy?  There were times when we would come home, empty our bags, and head out for more!  When we finally came in for the night, we dumped our pile of candy on the table and sorted through it with Mom and Dad.  It was the best!

As an adult, I don’t think kids should have all the fun on Halloween!  Sure, it’s not entirely kosher to go knocking on neighborhood doors for candy when you’re – oh say – in your 30’s.  But there are still ways that kids at heart can enjoy this holiday. 

For instance, if you’ve got someplace to go or just want to scare some trick-or-treaters, dress up!  We only get about one trick-or-treater each year.  It’s not worth shelling out money for a costume.  Although I did buy black cat ears this year (basically because I love black cats, they were cute, and my niece told me I should be a cat for Halloween)!

Love scary movies? Sit down to a Halloween movie marathon, but make sure to whip up some spooky snacks!  My Popcorn Boo Bark is perfect for a scary movie night!  In fact, one of my favorite ways to celebrate Halloween as an adult is with food.  You can turn an ordinary meal into a scary and grotesque dish! 

The other night when my husband came home for work, he asked what we were having for dinner.  Thankfully, at this point in our marriage, he’s used to my creative ways.  So he wasn’t too shocked when I said we were having dinner with a side of “zombie eyeballs.”

Now, I have to admit that I can deal with some pretty gruesome things. But once you start poking around an eyeball, I’m out!  So what could be more gross for Halloween than edible eyeballs?  Thankfully, these eyeballs are made with some tasty ingredients.  

Start with fresh mozzarella balls.  If you can’t find marinated mozzarella, drain the mozzarella and drizzle olive oil on top.  Then, season the mozzarella with Italian seasoning and some red pepper flakes. 

Prepared pesto gives these eyeballs a gross, oozing appearance.  The strips of roasted red pepper make these eyeballs appear bloodshot.  The slices of black olives give the eyeballs a blank stare.  Kind of like the undead!

Halloween Mozzarella Zombie Eyeballs


  • Marinated Ciliegine mozzarella
  • Prepared pesto
  • Large pitted black olives, sliced
  • Roasted red peppers, cut into thin strips


  1. Place mozzarella on a cheese plate. Spread them out so there are two mozzarella balls paired together.
  2. Using a teaspoon, dot a small amount of prepared pesto onto each mozzarella ball.
  3. Place a couple strips of roasted red pepper onto the mozzarella.
  4. Then, place a slice of black olive on top.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.
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If you’re looking for an easy starter or side dish for Halloween night, these mozzarella zombie eyeballs are a perfect way to go! They’re full of bold Italian flavor, but will definitely add the right amount of creepiness to your meal! Here’s looking at you!


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  • Reply Stephanie October 12, 2017 at 6:09 PM

    These are super creative!!! Love them

    • Reply Jessica October 12, 2017 at 8:30 PM

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply Phyrra October 13, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    these look easy to make. You’re so creative! Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Jessica October 14, 2017 at 8:16 AM

      Aww! Thanks so much! Enjoy!

  • Reply Brooke Pakulski October 13, 2017 at 8:36 PM

    I know it’s supposed to be an eyeball and probably creepy but I think they’re so cute!

    • Reply Jessica October 14, 2017 at 8:14 AM

      Creepy cute! Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Helen at the Lazy Gastronome October 16, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    How fun!! (and tasty) – Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner link party – and thanks for visiting some of the other bloggers there too!

    • Reply Jessica October 16, 2017 at 12:23 PM

      Thank you! Enjoy!

  • Reply Alison's Allspice October 16, 2017 at 4:54 PM

    These are perfect for halloween, and they sound so tasty too!

    • Reply Jessica October 16, 2017 at 8:27 PM

      Thanks so much! Enjoy!

  • Reply curryandvanilla October 22, 2017 at 12:18 PM

    Such a cute and innovative idea for Halloween; and so easy too! Thanks for sharing this with FF!

    I might have missed it, but please do link back to Fiesta Friday so you can be considered for a feature and more bloggers can find us and join the party!! Looking forward to more such awesome creations from you 🙂 Happy Fiesta Friday and Happy Halloween!!

    • Reply Jessica October 23, 2017 at 8:07 AM

      Thanks so much! Enjoy!

  • Reply Erlene October 22, 2017 at 7:39 PM

    These looks so good and perfect for a zombie party. Will be including this in tonight’s MM round-up. Thanks for partying with us and sharing your fun idea.

    • Reply Jessica October 23, 2017 at 8:12 AM

      Thanks so much! Enjoy this recipe!

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  • Reply Miz Helen October 23, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Your Zombie Eyeballs look adorable! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply Jessica October 23, 2017 at 12:27 PM

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply shelbeeontheedge1 October 23, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Now that’s a scary gruesome treat that I am totally on board with! It looks delicious in all its grossness! Thanks for sharing this fun creative recipe. And thanks for linking up with me On the Edge.


    • Reply Jessica October 23, 2017 at 6:45 PM

      Thanks so much! I’m all about the scary gross dishes during Halloween!

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    Wow!!! Made these for a Walking Dead Zombie birthday party! I made 2 sizes using little scoopers, one with traditional mozzarella & the other smaller size scooper made vegan mozzarella by Miyokos drizzled with evoo, dried Italian seasons, with a vegan pesto & the cute little roasted red peppers & sliced olives!!! Chilled in freezer for about 10 min & they were amazing! Thank you! Everyone loved them!

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      What an awesome party theme! I also love that you made a vegan variation! I’m glad this recipe was a hit with your party guests! 🙂

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