Eat, Drink and Be Scary: Creepy cuisine for any celebration

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Whether you’re planning a spooky soiree, a horror movie marathon or a hair-raising rager, one thing’s for sure: you’ll need some serious snackage. Get into the Halloween spirit by whipping up these munchies that will complement any monster mash. Pro tip: a few cocktails never hurt anybody, either.

HORROR D’OEUVRES

POLTERGEIST PIZZA

What you’ll need:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound frozen pizza dough, thawed

3/4 cup jarred tomato sauce

8 ounces sliced low-moisture mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon capers

16 x 11-inch rimmed baking sheet

Ghost-shaped cookie cutter

What to do:

1.Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Line your baking sheet with olive oil before pressing and stretching the pizza dough evenly across the bottom. Spread the sauce over the dough in an even layer, leaving a 1-inch border around the sides. Bake for about 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

2. Use your cookie cutter to make your snack a supernatural one! Once you’ve cut the cheese into 10-15 ghost shapes, place them on top of the pizza and bake for 5 more minutes. Place two capers (for eyes) on each piece of cheese to complete your apparition-themed appetizer. Let stand for five minutes before serving.

DEVILED EGG PUMPKIN PATCH

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What you’ll need:

8 large eggs

1/4 cup drained and chopped jarred roasted red peppers

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon paprika, plus more for sprinkling

Salt and pepper

3 chives, cut into 16 1/2-inch pieces

Mixer or food processor

Large Ziploc bag

What to do:

1.Boil a large pot of water on high heat. Gently drop the eggs into the water and reduce to a simmer. Cook the eggs for 11 minutes, drain and put in a bowl of ice water. Wait about 10 minutes until the eggs are completely cooled.

2. Carefully crack and peel the eggs under cool running water. Slice them in half lengthwise, scoop out the yolks and put them in a mixer or food processor with peppers, mayonnaise, mustard and paprika and mix until smooth. Cover and refrigerate the whites.

3. Scoop the yolk mixture into the Ziploc bag. Squeeze out all of the air; seal and snip off one corner. Use the Ziploc to transfer about 1 Tbsp. into the center of each egg to make the base of your pumpkin. Place a chive slice atop each one for the stem of your pumpkin. Top each one off with a dash of paprika.  

FINGER FOOD

What you’ll need:

1 package cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

12 medium jalapeno peppers, stems removed, halved lengthwise and seeded

1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

2 tablespoons ketchup

1/4 cup sliced almonds

Mixing bowl

15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan

What to do:

1.Combine the cheeses, bacon and seasonings in a large mixing bowl. Put about 1 tbsp. into each pepper half, then dip the tops of each pepper into bread crumbs.

2. Place a dab of ketchup at the end of each popper and top each “finger” with a     sliced almond to resemble a fingernail.

3. Place the poppers in your baking pan. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

COCKTAIL FROM THE CRYPT

PUMPKIN SPICE PUNCH

What you’ll need:

2 Honeycrisp apples

2 pears

1 orange

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup bourbon

3 cups apple cider

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 bottles Pinot Grigio, chilled

What to do:

Thinly slice the apples, pears and oranges and place in a large bowl. Gently stir in the honey, brown sugar, bourbon, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice. Chill before serving. Top with Pinot Grigio. If you really want to get in the Halloween spirit, cut the top off a large pumpkin, remove the seeds and pulp, pour in your punch and serve!

DEADLY DESSERTS

MUMMY CAKES

What you’ll need:

8 Twinkies Snack Cakes (from a 15-oz box)

1 can whipped white frosting

Assorted mini M&M’s

Large Ziploc bag

What to do:

Unwrap Twinkies and place on a foil-lined baking sheet or plate. Put the frosting in the Ziploc bag, snip off one corner and cover each cake with the frosting to create the mummy wrapping. Put two M&M’s on each mummy for eyes.

CHOCOLATE GRAVEYARD

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What you’ll need:

1 package cream cheese, at room temperature

¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

5 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons milk

2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons sifted powdered sugar

Crushed chocolate cream sandwich cookies

Milano® sandwich cookies

Black decorating icing

Candy corn and pumpkins

Graham crackers, apple slices or pretzels for serving

What to do:

1.In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Sift in cocoa powder, then add brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt and milk until smooth. Sift in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Transfer to a serving dish and smooth top with a spatula.

2. Spread crushed chocolate cookies over the top of the chocolate dip to resemble dirt. Write “RIP” or custom messages on the Milano® cookies and stand upright in chocolate to form gravestones. Cover with candy and other snacks to decorate.

 

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