We have all seen the “snacks” for Halloween. Most of these are cute and kid-friendly. My Halloween Fun with Everyday Snack Foods from last year is a prime example. We had fun with Barbecued Bat Wings (crock-pot chicken wings in a barbecue sauce), Deviled Spider Eggs (deviled eggs decorate with black olive spiders), and a Witches Broom Platter (string cheese brooms with pretzel broom handles). Cute, fun and all easy to assemble.
This year, I thought I would take a different approach to Halloween. Instead of snacks and appetizers, I thought a nice three-course supper sure to “spook” the entire family would be fun!
Amputated Arm with Crackers*
Dead Man’s Bones*
Corn Bread Muffins
Mummy’s Meat Loaf*
Spider Web Brownies*
Amputated Arm with Crackers
1 package (4 oz) Herb goat cheese
1 package (4 oz) Plain goat cheese
2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese
2 packages prosciutto
1 mozzarella, basil and prosciutto roll
Bring cream cheese and goat cheese to room temperature and mix well. Return to refrigerator to cool down and firm up about 45 minutes.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper. Use small and large cookie scoops to scoop out the cheese mixture onto the parchment. Use the large scoop for the palm of the hand and the small scoop for the fingers. Don’t worry about it looking like a hand at this stage, it will look like a very lumpy, stumpy blob.
Now this is where a little patience will need to kick in. Using a small spatula, begin molding your hand and fingers. This will take a while but don’t worry if it doesn’t look proportional, once you put the prosciutto on, then you’ll be able to mold it a lot easier, since it will be covered with its skin, so to speak.
Shape fingers and palm of hand, then cover in”skin”. Begin layering prosciutto, wrapping the slices around the fingers. You may need to refrigerate it to firm it up if it becomes too soft. Some of the prosciutto will extend where the wrist will be. This is okay. You will use the overlapping prosciutto to attach the mozzarella roll.
Push Mozzarella roll into palm to form arm. Apply a little pressure as you stick the mozzarella roll into the goat cheese portion of the hand. Drape roll in “skin” .Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until it’s firm enough to move to a platter or wooden cutting board.
Serve with crackers for spreading the cheese onto. If desired, garnish platter or cutting board with green and black olives.
Dead Man’s Bones
2 Package precooked ribs
1 large package cocktail sausages
1 jar barbecue sauce
1 skull, party store
Warm precooked ribs, brush with barbecue sauce. Cut into individual ribs for ease of serving.
Warm cocktail sausages in barbecue sauce.
On a rectangle serving platter or foil-lined baking tray, center skull at the top. Lay ribs to resemble rib cage. (You will only use 1 package of ribs at a time, keep remaining ribs warm to replenish as necessary). Spoon cocktail sausage to create entrails.
Serve warm with Corn Bread muffins and Fried Potatoes.
Mummy’s Meat Loaf
1 Envelope Lipton Onion Soup Mix
1 Lb Ground Beef
1 Lb Jimmy Dean Regular Breakfast Sausage
4-5 Slices of bread, torn into small pieces
1/2 cup Water
1 Cup Hickory Barbecue Sauce, divided
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 slices of bacon
1/2 small onion, cut up
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, empty soup mix, top with ground beef. Top ground beef with bread, water, 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, eggs, ending with sausage. Using your hands, combine all ingredients for meat loaf. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
On a large rimmed baking sheet, shape meat mixture into a head-shaped oval. Cut up onion into small pieces that can be used to make the eyes and teeth of the mummy. Insert the onion pieces into the meat loaf. Brush outside of meat loaf more of the barbecue sauce.
Wrap the bacon around the meat loaf to mimic mummy wraps, tucking ends under loaf to help hold in place. Lightly brush another coat of barbecue sauce and pop mummy into a preheated oven. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Transfer to a serving plate and enjoy!
Serve with Garlic Mashed potatoes and steamed green beans.
4 (1 oz) squares unsweetened chocolate
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow crème
1 (1 oz) square semisweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil. Lightly butter foil, set aside.
In a saucepan over low heat, stir unsweetened chocolate and butter until chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in sugar. Cool for 10 minutes. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and nuts. Pour prepared baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not over bake).
Immediately drop marshmallow cream by spoonfuls over hot brownies; spread evenly. Cool on a wire rack. Lift out of the pan; remove foil. Place on a serving tray. For web decoration, melt semisweet chocolate and pour into a small resealable plastic bag. Cut a small hole in one corner of the bag; drizzle chocolate over cream in a spider web design.