Appetizer – Brain Cheese Ball – Halloween

You can do this recipe a couple of ways

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Buy a Skull (I prefer the one you can open the top off)

You can either smear cheese all over the skull and use cocktail onions for eyes and let your guests use crackers to scarp off the flesh AND/OR

Make a cheese ball and press it into a brain mold, then cover inside of skull with plastic wrap and place cheese ball inside to show exposed brain.

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Again let your guests scrap out the yummy goodness straight from the back of the head or off the face.

 

Here is a Martha Stewart Cheese Ball Recipe that is GREAT

BASE RECIPE:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 dashes hot sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper

CHEDDAR AND CRANBERRY:

  • 8 ounces sharp orange cheddar cheese, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons store-bought chutney
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • Water crackers, for serving

ROQUEFORT AND WALNUT:

  • 6 ounces Roquefort cheese
  • 1 shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 teaspoons brandy (optional)
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • Vegetable chips (such as Terra Chips Sweets & Beets), for serving

GOAT CHEESE AND SCALLIONS:

  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
  • 1/3 cup fresh curly-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices, for serving
  1. STEP 1

    Put butter, cream cheese, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until combined. Divide equally among 3 medium bowls.

  2. STEP 2

    Stir cheddar cheese and chutney with base mixture in the first bowl. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Roll cheese ball in cranberries to coat before serving. Serve with crackers.

  3. STEP 3

    Stir blue cheese and shallot with base mixture in second bowl; add brandy, if desired. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days; freeze up to 1 month. Roll in walnuts to coat before serving. Serve with chips.

  4. STEP 4

    Stir goat cheese and scallions with base mixture in remaining bowl. Form into a ball. If not using immediately, refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month. Roll in parsley to coat before serving. Serve withcucumber slices.

Appetizer – Guacamole – Halloween Barfing Pumpkin

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 Serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
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Directions

1 Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avocado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl.

2 Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (Don’t overdo it! The guacamole should be a little chunky.) Add the chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper and mash some more. Chili peppers vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness. Be careful handling the peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.

FYI —Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor, so don’t chop the tomatoes or add to the guacamole until ready to serve.

3 Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it. Refrigerate until ready.

4 Just before serving, chop the tomato, add to the guacamole and mix.

Serve oozing out of the mouth of a pumpkin for that extra effect!

This is DAMN good Guac regardless of how you serve it!

Main Course – Intestine Sausage – Halloween

This is simple.

Go to a custom butcher and order UNCUT Sauce.  Doesn’t matter what kind, Brats, Italian Sausage etc

Fill a Lasagna pan with the meat and bake it

Drain off the fat and add drops of red food coloring

If you use Italian Sausage you might drip on some spaghetti sauce

If you are making Bratwurst you might drop in some random sauerkraut for the “Maggot look”

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Appetizer – Spooky Smiles- Halloween

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Ingredients:

Red apples

Blanched Almonds

Orange juice

Slice apples.  To prevent the apples from browning dip them in orange juice. Lemon juice is usually used but its sour, and if the kids don’t like sour, orange will do just as well. Both are acidic and both prevent browning.

Chop the almonds and stick into the apple slices close to the skin to make teeth.  Arrange slices on a platter to make monster smiles!!

Side Dish – Mac and Cheese Swamp Creatures – Halloween

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Mac and Cheese Swamp Creatures
A great Halloween side-dish
Ingredients
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Sautéed spinach
  • Green Olive with Pimento slices
Instructions
  1. Mix up a batch of macaroni and cheese, then spoon it into greased muffin cups and bake until firm, about 25 minutes.
  2. Let the creatures rest for about 10 minutes, then gently remove them from the tins. Place them upside down on a swamp of sautéed spinach and add olive slice eyes.

Appetizer – Finger Dip Vegi Tray – Halloween

halloween dipThis is a simply Spooky Appetizer.

 

You will need Baby Carrots

Blanched Almond for the fingers and any Vegi Dip.  Here is a dip recipe in case you need one below.

 

After you make the dip and are ready to serve place a dab of dip on the tip of each carrot and apply a blanched almond for the finer nail.

 

Insert the carrots in the dip as a hand crawling out of the dip.

Serve with vegis around for dipping.

 

Vegi Dip Recipe

1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon seasoning salt (Lawry’s)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

 

Directions:
Mix all ingredients together till combined well. Cover and let chill in refrigerator at least 3 hours (overnight is best). Serve with fresh cut vegetables or potato chips.

Dessert – Kitty Litter Cake – Halloween

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Ingredients:

  • 1 German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 White Cake Mix
  • 1 package White Sandwich Cookies
  • 1 Large package Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • Green food coloring
  • 12 Small Tootsie Rolls
  • 1 *NEW* kitty litter box
  • 1 *NEW* kitty litter box plastic liner
  • 1 *NEW* pooper scooper

Preparation:

 

Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans). Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble.Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in blender, they tend to stick, so scrape often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup.

To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix using a fork or shake in a jar.

When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. You probably won’t need all of the pudding, mix with the cake and “feel” it, you don’t want it soggy,  just moist;  GENTLY COMBINE

Line new, clean kitty litter box. Put mixture into litter box.

Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls and bury in mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top, this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.

Heat remaining Tootsie Rolls, 3 at a time in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Now spread 5 of the remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box; sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs.

Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around. Serve kitty litter cake with a *new* pooper scooper.

Main Course – Meat Loaf Hand – Halloween

Hand Meatloaf Recipe
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Ingredients:
1 1/2 Groud Beef
3/4 Cup Mild Chunky style Salsa
1/2 Cup Onion and Garlic Refried Beans
1 egg (slightly beaten)
2 small bags of Doritos Cool Ranch Crushed
2 Cooked Eggs
salt and pepper to taste
4 Slices on Bacon cut in little 1 inch squares.
White Onion
For skin texture
1 Cup Ketchup + 1/2 Cup BBQ
1/4 Cup Dijon Mustard + 1/4 Cup Honey Mustard Dressing
Directions:
Pre Heat Oven at 365
To make the meatloaf mix beef , salsa, refried beans, slightly beaten egg, salt and pepper and crushed Doritos.
Once is mixed. Place Mixture in hand mold OR Place the mix on a parchment covered cookie sheet. and shape it as a hand if you choose to do this particular one, using yours as the model.fingernails_uncookedhand_white
Manipulate it at little into fingers, hand, Radius and Ulna (not much, just a little bit of these last). To make the Radius and Ulna make an indentation on the meat mold and place the cooked eggs in this indentation one next to the other it will resemble bone when cut.
Stick  a small hunk of the onion into the wrist to resemble the bone, Cover them with more of the beef mix.
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Cover hand with little bacon squares.
Cover the entire hand with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Once the 45 minutes are done, pull it out, remove aluminum foil brush your hand with a mix of ketchup and bbq sauce. After is all covered, brush very lightly on the Mustard mix.
Lay Onion Slivers over the finger tips to look like finger nails
Place back in the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Serve on a bed of rice, mashed potatoes etc to help hide imperfections.
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Enjoy!
Prep time 20 minutes                   Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes                          Serves 6-8