Halloween isn’t a night for the timid! This all hallows’ eve is a night of goulish tricks, scary ghosts and goblins, and spooky noises in the dark that send shivers up our spines! But it’s also a holiday filled with fun, quirky food that would ruin our appetites if it didn’t taste so good! What other time during the year would you belly up to a buffet table and fill your plate with zombie brains, spider cookies, gooey eyeballs, bloody body parts, and poison potion? Those with a taste for the sick and twisted love this holiday (this includes me!). While these recipes won’t scare the pants off anyone or send guests running for their lives from your house, they’re devilishly good! Give these a try at your next Halloween get together for a scary good time!
Guacamole Goblin Deviled Eggs
• 4 large eggs, hard-boiled
• 1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
• ½ medium apple, peeled, cored and finely minced
• 1 tsp. hot sauce
• 1 tsp. lime juice
• ½ tsp. sea salt
• ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
• 2 chives, finely chopped
• 1 Tbsp. Barlean’s flax seeds
Directions: Peel the hard-boiled eggs and slice each one in half length-wise. Spoon out yolks into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the avocado, apple, hot sauce, lime juice, sea salt, and pepper. Mash the mixture with a potato masher or fork until smooth.
Spoon avocado mixture into hard boiled eggs. Top with chives and flax seeds.
Nacho Jack-o’-Lantern Cheese Ball
• Two (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
• 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
• 2 Tbsp. minced onions
• 2 Tbsp. prepared salsa (your favorite kind will do)
• 1 tsp. ground cumin
• 12 tsp. minced jalapeño (without seeds, unless you want it spicy, then include the seeds)
• 1 bag of Doritos, original flavor, crushed
• 1 nice-looking stem of a bell pepper (reserve the pepper for another use)
• Black bean chips or crackers, for serving
Directions: Put the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, onions, salsa, cumin, and jalapeño into a bowl and blend thoroughly. Form into a pumpkin-like shape and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Before serving, roll the cheese ball in the crushed Doritos. Arrange the cheese ball on a plate, and press the bell pepper stem into the top-it should look like a mini pumpkin stem. You can serve the pumpkin as-is, or break off pieces of black bean chips to form a Jack-o’-lantern face. The chip pieces should adhere to the pumpkin cheese ball if you gently press them onto it, but you can also stick them on using a very small dab of the cheese ball mixture on the back of the black bean chips; this will act like glue. Serve the cheese ball with black bean chips, crackers, or crudités.
Spicy Vampire Wings
• 1 Tbsp. chili powder
• 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
• 1 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
• 6 Tbsp. lime juice, divided
• 6 Tbsp. chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, divided
• 12 whole chicken wings (3 lb.)
• 2/3 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite kind)
• 1 cup sour cream
• 1 green onion, sliced
• 2 tsp. lime zest
Directions: Mix chili powder, garlic, ground red pepper, and 5 Tbsp. each lime juice and chipotle peppers in a bowl until well blended. Pour over the chicken in a large, shallow dish. Turn to coat both sides of each wing. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to marinate, turning chicken after 15 min. Meanwhile, mix the remaining chipotle peppers with the barbecue sauce. Heat oven to 400ºF. Remove wings from marinade. Discard the marinade. Set in a single layer on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 35 to 40 min. or until wings are done, turning after 20 min. Brush with half the barbecue sauce mixture; bake for another 5 minutes, turning and brushing with remaining barbecue sauce mixture after 3 minutes. Mix sour cream, onions, zest, and remaining lime juice in a small bowl. Serve as a dipping sauce with the wings.