Halloween tricks and treats

Lindsay Lillig

Halloween is on Friday. This means we procrastinators have approximately five days to prepare for anything “Halloween Party” related. Costumes are relatively easy to throw together. Preparing a party, however, proves to be a little more daunting. But have no fear! (Pun intended). These quick and easy creations will solve all your snacking dilemmas. And it is scary how healthy they are. (Pun also intended).

Appetizers:

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For a larger party double the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. coconut milk, cold (or mayonnaise)
  • 2 tbsp. Thai Curry paste
  • 1 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard (of choice)
  • 1/4 tsp. Sriracha or other red chili sauce
  • salt to taste

For pumpkin look:

  • Additional paprika
  • 1 green onion

Directions:

  1. Cover the eggs with an inch of cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute, then cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Drain and fill the egg pot with cold water. Let cool for five minutes then peel the eggs.
  3. Slice each egg length-wise and gently remove the yolks.
  4. Place the yolks and the rest of the prepared ingredients in a small bowl and mash until very smooth.
  5. Mound the yolk mixture into the egg whites or transfer the mixture to a Ziplock bag and pipe it out.
  6. Using a toothpick, draw lines to make the pumpkin indentations. Sprinkle with paprika. Cut up the green part of the onion to make tiny stems.
  7. Chill until served.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 oz) package Vanilla Candiquik Coating
  • 24 fresh strawberries
  • Mini chocolate chips (dark chocolate)

Directions:

  1. Melt Candiquik in tray according to directions on package.
  2. Place a large piece of wax or parchment paper on a flat surface.
  3. Dip strawberries in melted Candiquik, remove and allow the excess coating to pour off onto the wax paper to form the “tail” of the ghost.
  4. Slide the strawberry back and set on wax paper to dry.
  5. Before coating has set, place two mini chocolate chips on as the eyes.
  6. For the mouth, cut off the tip of a mini chocolate chip and place on the strawberry with the bottom side facing up.
  7. Chill until served.

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Makes 12 brooms. For a larger party, multiply the recipe as needed.

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices of preferred cheese
  • 12 pretzel sticks
  • 12 fresh sprigs of chive

Directions:

  1. Fold each cheese slice and cut the fringes of the broom using a pair of scissors.
  2. Roll the slice of cheese around pretzel stick with the fringes pointed downward.
  3. Tie the cheese to the pretzel with a sprig of chive.
  4. Chill until served.

 

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Ingredients:

  • Seeds from 2 large pumpkins
  • 1/2 tsp. Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Scrape out and remove seeds from pumpkins. Wash and clean seeds in a colander, making sure to remove any unwanted pumpkin rinds or deformed seeds.
  3. Soak the clean seeds in a bowl full of water for half an hour on kitchen counter or overnight in the refrigerator. Drain the seeds, discarding the water.
  4. Fill a pot with water and a dash of salt (enough water so that it will cover the seeds).
  5. Bring water to a boil. Place seeds into the boiling water and boil gently for approx. 10 minutes. This helps cook the insides of your pumpkin seeds.
  6. Turn off the heat, drain the seeds and place back into empty bowl.
  7. Toss seeds with olive oil. Lay out seeds in thin layer onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with Lawry’s Seasoned Salt. Place in oven and move and flip seeds over every 10 minutes, making sure they are not burning.
  8. Seeds are done after approx. 40 minutes or when they become firmer and are no longer soft.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

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Entrees:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 roll of prepared Pizza Dough
  • 18 cooked meatballs (homemade or frozen & defrosted)
  • 6 strands raw spaghetti
  • 12 edible eyeballs (tiny circles of mozzarella and black olives, see image)
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter (optional)
  • Pasta Sauce for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut pizza dough into thin strips, approx. 1/4″ wide.
  3. Thread 3 meatballs onto a strand of spaghetti (this holds them in place).
  4. Begin wrapping dough around the meatballs stretching and criss-crossing until the meatballs are completely covered. Be sure to leave a little space open for the eyes.
  5. Gently remove the spaghetti strand and place the meatball mummy on a parchment lined pan.
  6. Bake approx. 19-23 minutes or until browned. Remove from oven, brush with melted butter and add eyeballs.
  7. Serve with warm pasta sauce.

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Ingredients:

  • Six tortillas
  • Preferred cheese
  • Knife/Scissors
  • Re-fried beans and sour cream (optional toppings)

Directions:

  1. Start by stacking two tortillas on top of each other and cut three small circles.
  2. Split them apart. Cut jack-o-lantern faces on one side and put cheese on the other.
  3. Place the face tortilla over the cheese tortilla and microwave them for 30 seconds to one minute.
  4. Add re-fried beans to make the stem and pipe sour cream on to make a leaf, if desired.

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Desserts:

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Ingredients:

  • Chocolate Creme Oreo Cookies
  • Hershey Kisses
  • 1 bag candy corn
  • Orange tube of icing

Directions:

  1. Take one Oreo and one Hershey Kiss.
  2. Squirt orange icing on the bottom of the Hershey Kiss and press it down onto the Oreo.
  3. Cut tips off candy corn so they are square shaped.
  4. Place candy corn centered in the excess orange icing from the kiss.
  5. Chill until served.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large can diced pineapple
  • 6 cuties
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 bag candy corn

Directions:

  1. In a clear glass, layer pineapple then oranges and top with whipped cream and a couple pieces of candy corn. Simple as that.
  2. Serve right away or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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