Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ghoulish Grub

This year I've seen such cute ideas when it comes to food to make for Halloween. So, I thought it would be fun today to pass on some of these ideas. I'm sure a lot of folks will be doing Halloween parties this weekend, or it would be fun to make some of these before you head out to Trick or Treat a week from tomorrow. Kids are usually so excited about leaving to get their candy that it can be hard to get them to focuse on dinner. So, having something exciting for them to eat can help get a little bit of grub in them before they start their sugar high.
I received this recipe idea from an idea from Pillsbury. I love ideas that use the premade pizza crusts.

Chicken Mummy

1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated classic pizza crust
2 tablespoons garlic-and-herbs spreadable cheese (from 6.5-oz container)
4 oz thinly sliced cooked deli ham
1 jar (7 oz) roasted red bell peppers, drained on paper towel
6 oz thinly sliced cooked deli chicken
4 slices (2.7 oz) thinly sliced provolone cheese
1 egg
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese
Sliced ripe olives, if desired.

1.Heat oven to 400°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Unroll dough onto cookie sheet; stretch and very lightly press 1 short side of rectangle to about 11 inches wide. Stretch to length of 14 inches. Form shape that is nearly triangular, pressing in sides so small end measures 6 inches across.

2.Spread garlic-and-herbs cheese in 3-inch-wide strip lengthwise down center of triangle to within 1/2 inch of each end.

3.From the wide end, mark dough 3 inches down from center on both sides of cheese strip. At that point, layer 2/3 of ham, peppers, chicken and provolone cheese on garlic-and-herbs cheese to 6-inch end. Starting at corners of wide end, using scissors or sharp knife, make cuts (see diagram) at an angle 1 inch apart down long sides of dough to within 1/2 inch of filling. To form head at wide end, place remaining 1/3 of filling ingredients, ending with bell pepper, in circular pile over cheese spread, leaving 1/2 inch space from body filling. Fold and shape 3-inch section of dough over filling to make rounded head, leaving opening for eyes, exposing bell pepper. Starting at mummy’s neck, alternately cross remaining strips over filling; folding bottom 1/2 inch up before crossing last 2 strips.
4.In small bowl, beat egg. Brush over dough. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

5.Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Place olives between "bandages" for mummy's eye. Cut into slices.

High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

When I saw this picture I knew I wanted to post this one. I've made punch before with the hands,but I've never seen it where you could get the hands colored. I love this idea and if I were to do it, I'd use something like gummy worms because they would look creepy and show up well. This recipe is also from Pillsbury.

Witches Brew Punch

6packages (.09 oz each) chewy fruit flavored snacks
2 plastic gloves
Cold water
1cup boiling water
1box (4-serving size) orange-flavored gelatin
1can (46 oz) pineapple juice, chilled
1quart (4 cups) apple cider, chilled
1/4cup lemon juice
1 bottle (33.8 oz) ginger ale, chilled

1.Place 3 packages of fruit snacks in each plastic glove. Pour cold water over fruit snacks, filling to within 1 inch of top; tie end of each glove. Freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours.
2.In 3-quart pitcher or bowl, pour boiling water on gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in pineapple juice, apple cider and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate.
3.Just before serving, peel off gloves; place ice hands in punch bowl, fruit snack side up.
4.Pour punch into punch bowl over hands. Gently stir in ginger ale.

Halloween Cookie Pizza

1 (18-oz.) roll Pillsbury® Refrigerated Sugar Cookies
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup candy corn
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup vanilla ready-to-spread frosting (from 16-oz. can)

1.Heat oven to 350°F. Line 12-inch pizza pan with foil; grease foil. Cut cookie dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices; arrange in bottom of greased foil-lined pan. With floured fingers, press slices to form crust.
2.Bake at 350°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool 30 minutes or until completely cooled.
3.Using foil lining, lift crust from pan; carefully remove foil from crust. Place crust on serving platter or tray. Spread peanut butter evenly over crust. Sprinkle evenly with candy corn and chocolate chips.
4.Melt 1/4 cup frosting in small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until thin and of drizzling consistency.* Drizzle icing over cookie pizza. Cut into wedges or squares.
I hope you get an opportunity to try some of these recipes. I love how you can get creative with food this time of the year. Let me know if you decide to give any of these a try.
We are still on baby watch and I go back to the doctor tomorrow. Things are going well.
Check back tomorrow for my Fabulous Favorite Friday post. Have a great day!


Terri Davenport said...

Wonderful ideas!

Claude said...

I will definitely be trying that punch and that pizza! I'm bookmarking this!

happydays525 said...

Such a fun post, my dd would love this all! Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca said...

What great ideas/recipes! I especially love the cookie pizza. I may have to give this one a try!

Linda said...

Oh yum!! These are great Halloween treats - thanks so much for sharing. :)

Linda said...

Such fun and yummy recipes!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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