Halloween is just round the corner on Oct 31. This year it is on a Saturday. That means lots of Halloween parties, party food and favors. Since a lot of people hop from one Halloween party to another, small plates or hors d’oeuvres are ideal as Halloween food. If you are looking for ideas for your Halloween party and want it to be more adult food than kids and candy, here are some ideas. Most of these items can be prepared a couple of days in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Some can be prepped ahead and popped in the oven just before guests arrive. So here’s to a horror filled Halloween!!!!
1. Wrapped Mummies: Nothing is as simple as the classic appetizer of wrapped mummies. All you need are some hot dogs and refrigerated crescent dough (Pillbury). Unwrap the dough and wrap each triangle around the hot dog like wrapping an Egyptian mummy. Use frosting to make eyes. Bake in the oven at 325 degrees F for 10 minutes before guests arrive.
2. Monster cupcakes: Use your favorite cupcake recipe to make a batch of cupcakes. Use black frosting to ice the cupcakes. Next decorate the cupcakes with google eyes, candy corn and candy teeth to look like monsters.
3. Tri-Eyes: Watch with glee as your guests balk at three red eyes staring at them from their plate!!!! The recipe is simple and uses ingredients like chana lentils and sweet potato. It is delicious and healthy. Here is the recipe:
- 1 cup chana daal (lentil) (soaked for 2 hrs in 2 cups water)
- 1 sweet potato (or yam, boiled and mashed)
- ½ cup grated coconut
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- ½ tbsp all purpose flour (maida)
- 4 cups canola oil
- 2 cups sugar syrup (hot)
- 2-3 cloves
- White and black icing tubes (for decorating)
Drain the excess water from the soaked daal. In a blender or food processor, grind the daal into a fine paste. Add the sweet potato, grated coconut and cardamom powder and mix with the ground daal in the food processor. Add a little maida at a time so that the mixture is of the consistency of cake batter. In a frying pan heat 1 tbsp. canola oil. Lightly fry the daal-sweet potato batter in the oil for 5-8 minutes till the mixture thickens. When the daal-potato batter cool down, form 3” flattened cakes with the mixture. Shape them like ovals with the ends tapering (the shape of eyes). Heat the remaining oil in a deep skillet and fry the eye shaped cakes in the oil in batches. Soak the daal cakes in the hot syrup for 20 minutes. Drain the daal cakes from the syrup and arrange them like a pair of eyes with a third eye on a flat platter. Use the white and black icing to make the eyelids and pupils on the eyes.
4. Bloody Eyes: Another great idea is to have a plate of bloody, rolling eyeballs staring as folks. The eyeballs are made of grated coconut in sugar.
Heat 1 packed of frozen, grated coconut with 2 cups sugar in a pan. Keep stirring till the mixture is cooked and sticky (20 mins.). Let it cool for a few minutes and then make white balls with the coconut. Decorate the white balls as eyes using black and red icing.
5. Gutted cutlets: Make beet cutlets using beetroots and vegetables like grated carrots and peas. Cut them in the middle and let bloody ketchup ooze from within. Makes an extremely gory sight!!!!!!