5 Spooky Hors d ’Oeuvres For Any Halloween Shindig
It’s officially go time; Halloween is this Friday and if you’re planning on throwing a party – for kids and adults alike, now is the time to send out the invites!
Since you’ll probably want to throw a spooky, Halloween themed party, I was able to scare up 5 of the most frightening finger foods you’ve ever tried. So go ahead and light the jack ‘o lanterns, dim the lights, and get ready for the kind of treats that even Dracula would love to sink his teeth into.
Finger Food Sandwiches
Thin sliced white bread, crusts removed
Cream cheese or peanut butter
1. Gently flatten the slices of bread with a rolling pin to make them more pliable.
2. Spread with a little margarine and some cream cheese or peanut butter.
3. Roll up the sandwiches and make three indentations with a blunt knife to form the finger joints.
4. Trim the ends of the fingers into a ‘V’ shape and stick an almond on to each tip with a little cream cheese to form the nails.
5. Now for the gruesome bit—add a dollop of strawberry jam over the end of the finger for the blood!
Mini Spider Pizzas
Creepy crawlies abound in this snack-sized arachnid bite! You may want to skip the red pepper flakes if you expect some young visitors, though.
1/2 pound pizza dough
15 ounce can tomato sauce
6 ounce can tomato paste
1 t. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried parsley
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. red pepper flakes (optional)
1 t. balsamic vinegar
For the Toppings
1 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 can large California Black Ripe Olives
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
3. Roll out the pizza dough and use a 3 inch round cookie cutter to cut out the mini pizzas.
4. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet.
5. In a small bowl whisk together all of the pizza sauce ingredients, then spread a little bit of sauce on top of each mini pizza.
6. Top the pizzas with the shredded mozzarella then place in the oven to bake for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden.
7. Remove the mini pizzas from the oven and arrange the olives on top of them creating the spiders.
This treat would help to prevent the Zombocalypse – any zombies that rise from the grave would stop – to eat the tombstone!
2 tablespoons cocoa (or cacao) nibs
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling cookies
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Melted semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a blender, whirl cocoa nibs until each is about the size of a grain of rice.
2. In the large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and 1/2 cup sugar until creamy; beat in egg and vanilla.
3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa nibs; gradually add to butter mixture, blending thoroughly, to form a soft dough. Divide dough into thirds, cover each portion tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm (at least 1 hour), or up to 3 days.
4. On a floured board, roll out dough, a portion at a time, to a thickness of 1/8 in. (keep dough refrigerated when not in use). With a sharp knife, cut out free-form tombstone shapes (about 1 1/2 by 3 in.; cut bottom edges at an angle to make them easier to poke into the pots de crème), and place slightly apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle generously with sugar.
5. Bake cookies until edges are lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to racks and let cool completely before handling.
6. Using a pastry bag with a very fine tip, pipe the letters “RIP” in chocolate on at least 8 of the cookies. Stick these cookies into the Dark Chocolate Graveyard Pots de Crème and serve the rest of the cookies alongside.
Jack-o’-lantern Cheese Ball
This is one Jack o’ lantern that’s sure to make you smile! Say ‘cheese’!
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar
3 tablespoons minced onions
2 tablespoons prepared salsa (your favorite kind will do)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon minced jalapeno (without seeds, unless you want it spicy, then include the seeds)
12 Doritos, original flavor, crushed
1 nice-looking stem of a bell pepper (reserve the pepper for another use)
Black bean chips, crackers or crudite, for serving
Put the cream cheese, Cheddar, onions, salsa, cumin and jalapeno into the bowl of a mixer, 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 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 chip features; this will act like glue. Serve the cheese ball with black bean chips, crackers or crudites.
Have you ever seen the old Dracula movies where Dracula takes a drink from his latest victim and looks positively inebriated? You’ll definitely feel like that when you enjoy this treat from the beyond. It may make you feel absolutely batty!
This drink is for adult consumption only. Please drink responsibly!
Blend all ingredients except grenadine until smooth, pour into a stemmed cocktail glass. Drizzle grenadine over top.
I hope these treats help you feel like the ‘life’ of the party! (har har!) What do you have planned for Halloween this year? Will any of these treats make it to the table, or do you think these are more worthy of a trick? Let us know in the comments below!1