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Frightful Feast

Get in the Halloween Spirit, with this menu sure to bring a smile to any ghouls face. The hostess with the mostess, Lauren Nutting, shares with us the menu for her annual Frightful Feast!  I can't wait to start our own tradition.

We love a holiday at our house and any reason to celebrate!  Every October we dedicate one night to our annual Frightful Feast.  The dining room transforms into a creepy chamber of fun!  I change out the lamp lightbulbs to green bulbs to set the mood.  The table is decked with a black lace table cloth, skeletons, candles, spiders, skulls, and pumpkins.  I fill large glass canisters with water and green food coloring and submerge a creepy mask from Dollar General inside. Yikes! A head in a jar! The food is just a creepy as the ambiance.  Slimy Worms and Eyeballs (spaghetti and meatballs), Garlic Bread Mummies, Toxic Tonic, and Graveyard Cups for dessert. Don’t forget to pump the spooky jams!  It’s such a fun night; we look forward to it every year!


 

Slimy Worms and Eyeballs (Spaghetti and Meatballs)


Ingredients:


Meatballs 

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 2 eggs, whisked 
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced 
  • 1 T. finely chopped parsley
  • 1 t. oregano
  • 1/4 c. freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt

Spaghetti and Sauce

  • 2 lb. spaghetti
  • Purple food coloring
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil

Eyeballs

  • 8 oz. fresh mozzarella balls, drained
  • 4 oz. can slice black olives, drained
  • Red food coloring


Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, add several drops of purple food coloring and cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain.
  3. In a large bowl, combine beef with bread crumbs, parsley, oregano, parmesan, egg, garlic, and salt. Mix until just combined. Scoop up a ball of the meat mixture using a muffin/cupcake scoop (or two tablespoons worth) and roll into a ball and place on a baking sheet covered in foil.  Bake for 20 minutes at 350.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and season with a little salt and pepper. Sauté until onions are tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato paste and sauté 1-2 more minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes.
  6. Add in the tomato sauce, parsley, basil, oregano, and more salt to taste.
  7. Bring sauce to a boil. Once meatballs are done, add them to the sauce. Reduce sauce to a simmer and let cook.
  8. While sauce simmers, place mozzarella balls on cutting board.  Top each mozzarella with a slice of black olive. Dip a toothpick into the red food coloring and draw squiggly lines from the center where the olive is  out. Repeat on all mozzarella balls.
  9. Once sauce has simmered for 15 minutes, plate the purple pasta on a large serving platter and top with sauce and meatballs.
  10. Place a mozzarella “eyeball” on top of each meatball. 

Garlic Bread Mummies



Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 demi baguettes
  • 6 string cheeses
  • 16 black olive slices

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450. 
  2. Combine softened butter, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, salt, and pinch of pepper in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Cut each of the small baguette slices in half lengthwise and then again in half crosswise so you have eight halves. Spread each sliced baguette with the prepared garlic butter.
  4. Thinly peel apart the string cheeses. Place two slices of black olives on each half for eyes and then place the pieces of string cheese in layers and criss crossing on top of the bread halves to look like mummies.
  5. Transfer baguette slices onto a baking sheet. Bake at 500 degrees for 6 - 8 minutes, until the cheese is melted and just beginning to brown. Serve immediately.


Toxic Tonic





Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon lime sherbet
  • 2 liter bottle of lemon lime soda

Instructions:

  1. Using an ice cream scoop, place one large scoop of lime sherbet into a fun Halloween glass.  

  2. Top the sherbet with a healthy pour of lime soda.  

  3. Top with a ping pong eyeball (you can find these at The Dollar Tree or Target).


Graveyard Cups



Ingredients:

  • 1 (3.9 oz) package instant pudding, any flavor, prepared as directed on box
  • 1 can whipped cream
  • 30 chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos) (crushed)
  • Frosting or edible pen for writing
  • Candy bones and tombstones (baking aisle during Halloween)

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, prepare pudding according to directions on the box.

  2. In small clear cups, place a large spoonful of pudding, top with whipped cream and cover with crushed cookies.

  3. Use frosting or edible pen to write "RIP" on each tombstone candy and place candy tombstone in pudding with just half of it sticking out. Sprinkle bones around tombstone. 
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