Good one

By Lynn Kuehner

What would Halloween be without delicious food? Not the same. Of course not everyone wants to eat candy and chocolate until the teeth fall out and the tummy hurts (or the clothes become tight…). There are so many ways to have good food at Halloween, even if you don’t want to go out.

We collected our Top 10 recipes that look spooky and taste delicious – way better than the packed sweets from the supermarket. So grab your kids or friends and have a creative and creepy kitchen-session on Halloween! 

 

1.Halloween Mummy Dogs

(serves 8, takes about 30 minutes)

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What you need:

  • 11 ozs dough (refrigerated breadstick)
  • 8 hot dogs
  • mustard

What to do:

  1. Separate breadstick dough and slice each piece of dough in half the long way (this creates more bread for a “bandage”).Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pinch the ends of the strips together to make one long “bandage”. Beginning at one end of hotdog, wrap the dough around dog, creating the look of a wrapped “mummy” when you get to the top of the hotdog, leave an opening for the face and wrap the dough around the head once or twice, adhering it to another piece of dough on the back.
  3. Bake them for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and place two mustard dots for eyes on the face area. Ready are your Mummy Dogs!

 

 

2. Halloween Spider-Eggs

(serves 4, takes about 25 minutes)

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What you need:

  • 6 eggs (hard boiled and peeled and sliced in half)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsps relish (Sweet Pick)
  • 1 1/2 tsps yellow mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 can pitted black olives

What to do:

  1. Mash the egg yolks, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, garlic, paprika and salt.
  2. Scoop even amounts of filling into each egg half.
  3. Cut black olives in half for the spider body. Slice half olives longwise for 3 to 4 leg. Put them on the eggs as a spider. Enjoy your crawling egg!

 

 

3. Dead Man’s Finger Sandwiches

(serves 4, takes about 15 minutes)

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What you need:

  • 4 thin sliced white bread, crusts removed
  • Soft margarine
  • Cream cheese or peanut butter
  • Almonds
  • Strawberry Jam

 What to do:

  1. Gently flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin to make them more pliable.
  2. Spread with a little margarine and some cream cheese or peanut butter.
  3. Roll up the sandwiches and make three indentations with a blunt knife to form the finger joints.
  4. Trim the ends of the fingers into a ‘V’ shape and stick an almond on to each tip with a little cream cheese to form the nails.
  5. Now for the gruesome bit—add a dollop of strawberry jam over the end of the finger for the blood!

 


 

4. Icy Witch

(serves 4, takes about 15 minutes plus 3hours to freeze )

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What you need:

  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream
  • 2 pouches shredded wheat cereal
  • 4 Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers
  • Chocolate icing
  • 4 Oreo ice cream cones
  • 8 chocolate chips
  • 1 bag gummy candy
  • 1 red licorice lace

What to do:

  1. Divide the ice cream into four 1-cup scoops and wrap each in plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours.
  2. Pull apart shredded wheat into thin strips to use as hair and set it aside. Spread chocolate icing on each wafer cookie and stick on a cone for the hat.
  3. Unwrap each ice-cream scoop and place on a plate. Top them with shredded-wheat hair. Use chocolate icing as glue to stick cone hat atop hair. Add chocolate-chip eyes, gummy-candy nose and licorice-strip mouth. Serve this wicked witch before she melts!

 

 

5. Snake Bites

(serves 8, takes about  20  minutes)

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What you need:

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal
  • Green food coloring
  • Raisins
  • Red fruit leather
  • Cooking spray

What to do:

  1. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt peanut butter, butter and marshmallows, stirring until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in a few drops food coloring, then add cereal.
  3. Coat a medium sized pan with cooking spray, then spread mixture evenly in the pan. Let cool 20 minutes.
  4. Invert pan on a cutting board and slide out the cooled square. Cut it into about 8 long rectangles.
  5. Mold each rectangle into the shape of a snake and press in 2 raisins for eyes and a pointed sliver of fruit leather for the tongue.

 

 

6.Pumpkin Cheese Ball

(serves one cheeseball, takes about 25 minutes)

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What you need:

  • 500g cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups shreddedcheddar
  • 3 tablespoons mincedonion
  • 2 tablespoonssalsa
  • 2 teaspoons groundcumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno

What to do:

  1. Blend all the ingredients with a mixer.
  2. Scoop the mix onto plastic wrap and use the wrap to form the mixture into a 5-inch pumpkin-shaped ball; chill at least 2 hours.
  3. To serve, unwrap, roll in crushed nacho-flavored tortilla chips and press a bell pepper stem into the top.

 

7. Halloween Brain Dip

(serves 12, takes about 15 minutes)

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What you need:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • ½ cup of prepared salsa
  • 6 thin slices of red and blue fruit leather

What to do:

  1. Slice the avocados in half. Remove the seeds and set aside. Scoop the avocado out of the skin into a bowl. Mash with a fork or whisk and stir in the salsa. Set aside. Slice off one side of each pit to make it flat and expose the cores of the pits. They will look like eyes.
  2. Remove all of the leaves from the cauliflower and remove the stem, leaving a nice hollow area with the outer part of the head intact. Use toothpicks to hold it together if it starts to fall apart.
  3. Place the cauliflower into a small bowl, so that the hollow is facing upwards and most of the cauliflower is up out of the bowl. The bowl is just for stability. Fill with the avocado dip and arrange the pits as eyes. Decorate the white ”brain” by weaving thin strands of red and blue fruit leather between the florets to make veins and arteries. I wrap the bowl with cheesecloth and decorate with red food coloring to make it even more horrific!

 

 

8. Frozen Banana Ghosts

(serves 8, takes about 15 minutes plus freezing)

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What you need:

  • 200g bar white chocolate (supermarket own brand Belgian is good), broken into chunks
  • 4 medium-large, ripe bananas
  • 85g desiccated coconut(you won’t use it all)
  • handful dark chocolate drops

 What to do:

  1. In a small bowl, gently melt the chocolate either in the microwave – in short bursts on high or over a pan of simmering water (make sure the bowl isn’t touching the water). Set aside for a moment while you get the bananas ready.
  2. Peel the bananas, cut in half, and push a lolly stick into the middle of each piece. Spread the coconut out in a shallow bowl. Line a large baking tray with baking parchment, and make sure there is room for the tray in the freezer.
  3. Using a pastry brush, coat a banana half in chocolate, letting excess drip away. Sprinkle with plenty of the coconut until coated, then set it on the prepared sheet. Now add two chocolate eyes and a mouth, and if you like, cut a few little eyebrows from the chocolate drops too. Freeze the lollies for at least 4 hours, and up to a week.

 

 

9. Dracula’s blood punch

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(serves 12, takes about 15 minutes plus 4 hours chilling)

What you need:

  • 2l cherry juice
  • peel from 3 oranges, pared with a vegetable peeler
  • 1 thumb-sized red chilli, pierced a few times but left whole
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • 6 slices ginger
  • Dracula’s fangs sweets (available from sweet shops), to serve, optional

 What to do:

  1. Tip the cherry juice, orange peel, chilli,cinnamon sticks, cloves and ginger into a large saucepan. Simmer for 5 mins, then turn off the heat. Leave to cool, then chill for at least 4 hrs, or up to 2 days – the longer you leave it the more intense the flavours. If serving to young children, take the chilli out after a few hours.
  2. When you’re ready to serve, pour the juice into a jug. Serve in glass bottles or glasses and pop a straw in each. Dangle a fangs sweet from each glass.

 

10. Wormy Orange Punch Recipe

(serves 20, takes about 10 minutes)

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What you need:

  • 1 gallon orange sherbet, softened
  • 1 quarts pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1l of lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • Gummy worms

What to do:

  1. Combine sherbet and pineapple juice in a punch bowl; stir well.
  2. Add soda and stir until the sherbet is almost dissolved.
  3. Decorate bowl with gummy worms. Cheers!

 

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