During the week prior to Halloween, we like to scare up some serious grub in my household, but we do so with the festive feel of cobwebs, spiders, mummies, skeletons, bats, and cats.
Infuse a little scare-tactic spirit into your meals this week to celebrate Halloween…
There’s nothing scary about a one-meal bowl—when you can also eat the bowl! These Cobweb Nacho Bites are fashioned from flour tortillas baked in muffin tins until golden and crispy. The centers are then filled with a creamy combination of cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, spicy beans, and lettuce with a crafty sour cream cobweb on top!
Kids will scream (with delight) when you serve them a pre-trick-or-treating dinner of yummy mummy mini pizzas! And you can prepare this ghoulishly tasty concoction in a matter of minutes, using Naan bread or store-bought pitas, add bloody-red pizza sauce, layer on the mozzarella string cheese, and pop in 2 black olive slices for monster eyes.
There is no doubt that these chocolate cake and vanilla iced cupcakes are bad right down to the bone! You’ll get toothy grins all around, by topping velvet chocolate cupcakes with a scary blob of vanilla icing, use a row of mini marshmallows for a bone-shaking grin, a pair of brown M&M’s for eyes, licorice whip pieces for the nostrils, and a thin chocolate wafer and a mini cake topper for the delectable hat.
It shouldn’t be difficult to get in the Halloween spirit while spooning a creamy risotto dish from a mini pumpkin. Just pop the top to reveal a creamy-nutty pumpkin and butternut squash risotto with crumbled spicy sausage.
Flavors of German chocolate, marshmallow cream, and orange extract don’t sound so scary, but remember that’s what Hansel and Gretel thought of the wicked witch’s gingerbread house. Proceed with caution when you gobble up these vibrantly colored mini cake sandwiches with their ghostly green, witch-hour violet, and pumpkin orange centers—they are sinfully delicious!
Serve up potpies that won’t soon be forgotten—especially when the top features a monster starring from the deep (or a spider body depending on your creativity). The puff pastry top is crowed with a pair of eerie black eyes (olive slices) and brushed with egg whites to give it a pale appearance when baked. The scary exterior slyly covers a warm and comforting, classic chicken potpie filling…made with love.
Want to make the hair on your family’s back stand on end? This recipe for black cat dippers with a creamy pumpkin pie dip will have them trembling with Halloween excitement when you serve a platter of cat-shaped cookie dough cutouts brushed and baked with cinnamon sprinkles. Serve your scaredy-cats with a side of cream cheese, canned pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and honey dip.
If those bones are chilled, no worries, this creepy chili, despite the name, will warm you from toes and nose after a night of trick-or-treating. The classic three-bean chili recipe is served in small bowls topped with Colby-jack and cheddar cheese spider and bat cutouts.
What’s better than a Jack O’Lantern? Edible ones filled with a delicious supper!
Finish your ghoulish meal with a sweet and scary treat! This hand pie is fresh and absolutely scrumptious.