Halloween Recipe Ideas:
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Scary Halloween Recipes: Slithering Snake Pizza
We usually do an "adult" version of this Halloween recipe, complete with mushrooms and peppers, and a kids' version, with just pepperoni and cheese or with ham and pineapple. It's good any way you make it, and looks great on a festive Halloween tray. Just be sure not to use anything too watery (or drain watery ingredients well) to avoid a soggy snake.
This is one of those Halloween recipe ideas that's fun to have the kids help with. If you're making this for the first time, I'd suggest buying an extra can of crescent rolls to have on hand in case you need to patch your dough in places. Any openings in the snake will split and leak during cooking.
Serves 10-12 as an appetizer.
2 (8 oz.) cans crescent rolls
flour, for dusting
1/2 C. prepared pizza sauce
10 oz. thinly sliced pepperoni
10 oz. thinly sliced ham, chopped
10 oz. Italian sausage, cooked, crumbled, and drained
12 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 C. fine, freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Liquid food coloring, your choice of colors
4 egg yolks, divided
2 pimento-stuffed green olives
1 roasted red pepper
Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
2. On a lightly floured surface, spread out your two batches of crescent dough end-to-end lenghtwise. Be careful not to let the sections separate.
3. Pinch all the seams together until you get one block of dough.
4. With a flour-brushed rolling pin, roll your crescent dough into a large, long rectangle. Don't roll it too thin, or it will split.
5. Spoon pizza sauce on top of dough, leaving an inch of bare dough on all four edges.
6. Sprinkle meats on top of sauce, followed by any other optional toppings.
7. Sprinkle with cheeses.
8. Fold one side of the dough lenghtwise over the topping, up to the half-point of the rectangle.
9. Fold the other side over to meet it. Pinch and press the dough together on all sides to seal.
10. With a pastry brush, brush the beaten yolk of one egg onto the top of the dough.
11. Fold your filled dough in half lengthwise. The egg yolk should help it stick. A seam should be created lengthwise along the dough. Pinch this seam together to fully seal and make a sort of cylinder. Be sure all seams are well closed. Any open seams will open further during baking.
12. Gently manipulate ends into a snake shape-- one end should be tapered for a tail, and the other shaped for the head. Don't curve it into a snake yet. You'll do that right before baking.
1. Beat each of your remaining three egg yolks in a separate bowl.
2. Add the food coloring of your choice to each bowl to make three separate "paints."
3. With a pastry brush or a food-safe paintbrush, decorate your snake as desired.
4. Transfer painted snake to a foiled-lined, greased baking sheet.
5. Gently shape as desired, into an "S" or other snakey shape.
6. Stick two peppercorns into the front of the snout for nostrils.
7. Slice your roasted red pepper into a forked tongue. Insert into front of head.
8. Bake your snake about 20 minutes, until golden and cooked through.
9. Remove from oven. Attach olive "eyes" to the top of the head using toothpicks. Pimento centers should face forward.
Halloween Snack Recipe: Creepy Deviled Eyeballs
If you like deviled eggs, you'll love these deviled eyeballs. This is one of those fun Halloween recipe ideas that's easy to make, tastes great, and looks terrific on your Halloween food table.
You can adjust the amounts as desired-- this is a very flexible recipe, and you can add pretty much whatever you like.
If you want to copy the presenation I show here, you can find a similar
ceramic spiderweb platter here.
12 hard boiled eggs
1/2 C. mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
2 green onions, finely minced
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. dry ground mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
blue food coloring, as needed
red paste food coloring, as needed
24 slices of black olives
pimentos or fresh red peppers
Instructions: 1. Peel the hard boiled eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop the yolks out into a medium bowl and reserve the whites until needed.
2. With the back of a fork, mash the yolks until smooth.
3. Add mayo, onions, parsley, mustard, salt, paprika, and garlic powder. Mix well.
4. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to turn the yellow mixture a soft green.
5. Spoon green yolk mixture into the cavity in each white half, dividing evenly.
5. On top of each yolk filling, place one black olive slice. Add a small piece of pimento or red pepper for the pupil.
6. With a toothpick dipped in red food coloring paste, draw red veins on egg white's surface.
7. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Flayed Face or Meathead:
This is one of my favorite Halloween recipe ideas: it tastes great, and looks really scary! There are a couple different ways to follow the basic concept of a
meathead-- and it's always the highlight of any Halloween party. It's best to use thinly sliced meat from the deli, but you can use whatever lunch meat you like--
turkey, ham, corned beef, you name it. My favorite is ham or prosciutto (or Spanish jamon, as in the photo of the "Flayed Face" below), which gives the "flayed face" a burn victim appearance. Mmm... appetizing, right?
Two Spooky Halloween Recipe Ideas
There are two ways to put together these Halloween recipe ideas. The first is called a Meathead, and consists of simply layering the meat over one of those plastic skulls you can buy pretty much anywhere during the Halloween season. The second is called Flayed Face, where you make a face-shaped cheese ball and cover it with meat. We'll go over both of these fun Halloween recipe ideas here.
Halloween Meathead Recipe (Easy)
1 full-sized plastic human skull
1.5 lbs. thin sliced deli meat, your choice
Cream cheese, BBQ sauce, or cranberry sauce (see below)
2 hard boiled egg yolks, round mini-mozzarella pieces, or cocktail onions
2 slices of pimento-stuffed green olive
Instructions: 1. Buy a plastic skull. Wash the skull with soap and water and allow to dry.
2. Spread a "base" over the skull. BBQ sauce and jellied cranberry sauce give the skull a bloody, gory look as your guests lift away the lunch meat. Cream cheese is not as fun, but probably tastes better with most meats. This is entirely your choice.
3. Evenly distribute your lunch meat over the prepared skull, leaving openings at the eyes and mouth. Smallish pieces of meat work better than larger ones, as they're easier to manipulate and form. You may need to use toothpicks to get some of the meat to stay in place.
4. For eyes, place one hard boiled egg yolk or small mozzarella cheese ball in each eye socket. Top with a slice of pimento-stuffed green olive.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Flayed Face Halloween Recipe
This creepy recipe is one of those ultra-flexible Halloween recipe ideas-- you may need more than one batch of the Three Cheese CheeseBall (included below). It all depends on the size of your face mask
or mold. So buy your mask first and scale the amount of cheese mixture you make accordingly. Then choose whatever kind of meat you like!
1 art shop mask or simple Halloween mask
1 lb. lunch meat, your choice
2 hard boiled egg yolks
2 slices pimento-stuffed green olive
1 recipe prepared "Triple Cheese CheeseBall" (below), unshaped
Instructions: 1. In the bottom of either a face mold from an art store or a plain plastic face mask from a Halloween costume, place a layer of plastic wrap. This creates a protective layer between the meat and what may not be a food-safe product.
2. Into the plastic-covered interior of the mold, layer your lunch-meat. Be sure to use quite small pieces, as your guests will need to get through the meat layer in order to get to the cheese underneath.
3. Press your prepared, unshaped cheese ball mix into the mold. Press firmly to maintain a "face" shape.
4. Cover and refrigerate until firm, at least 6 hours.
5. Un-mold onto a serving platter. Depending on the size/shape of your face (and its eye sockets), you may be able to add egg yolk eyes with olive irises, half-egg yolks, or any other combination of ingredients. Play with it until you get a look that you like.
6. Surround face on place with veggies and/or crackers.
Halloween Snack Recipe: Cream Cheese Mummy
The recipe below is enough to feed about 15-20 people. Have a larger or smaller group? Make a bigger mummy for more servings.
1 recipe Three Cheese CheeseBall
1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese, softened
2 peppercorns (or green olive slices)
1 cake decorator's piping bag
1 flat icing nozzle
Instructions: 1. Form your cheese ball mixture into a vaguely human shape on a serving tray.
2. Spoon softened cream cheese into your cake decorator's bag.
3. Cover cheeseball mixture with cream cheese "bandages." A number 29 or 30 "ribbon" icing nozzle works perfectly for this.
4. Insert peppercorns for eyes. If you're making a larger mummy, you may want to use pimento-stuffed green olive slices.
5. Refrigerate til set and flavors are combined, at least 6 hours. Let soften slightly before serving with veggies and crackers.
Three Cheese CheeseBall Recipe
Were you to make regular cheeseballs, this recipe makes two baseball-sized balls, enough to feed 15-20 people. It's great made as written with cream cheese,
but also wonderful with all or half goat cheese in its place. A very flexible cheese ball recipe.
2 C. finely shredded swiss cheese, room temperature
2 C. finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese, room temperature
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. dry white wine (optional)
1/2 C. minced sweet onion
1/4 C. roasted red pepper, finely chopped
10 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1/4 C. chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/2 C. finely chopped pecans or walnuts
salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions: 1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, and wine until fluffy.
2. Add the swiss and cheddar cheeses, onion, roasted pepper, half the bacon, half of the nuts, and salt and pepper to taste. Beat between each addition.
3. Refrigerate until firm.
4. Shape into two balls (or whatever shape you've chosen for your recipe).
5. In a small mixing bowl, mix the rest of the bacon and nuts, along with the chopped parsley.
6. Roll balls in nut mixture.
7. Wrap tightly and chill until firm and flavors have mixed, at least four hours. Overnight is better.
8. Let soften slightly before serving.
Note: For some Halloween recipe ideas, like the "flayed face" recipe above, you'll want to mix all of the nuts, bacon, and parsley in with the cheese, leaving nothing to roll the cheese ball in. In fact, you can do this anyway, if you like-- even if you're not using one of the Halloween recipe ideas included on this page.
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