Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ghostly nibbles

am always on the lookout for some new idea and fun tip to make our holidays more special around here.  This is something that I have been doing for as long as I can remember.  When my kids were small they never really knew what to expect from me. 

Below are some great little spooktacular
nibbles for either a Halloween party or just for your family on Halloween Day.   

Yummy Mummy Cupcakes

Start with frosted store-bought or homemade cupcakes for this quick and haunting Halloween cupcake.
To make the cupcake, follow these steps:
1. Use a pastry bag with a basket-weave tip to pipe on white frosting.
2. Pipe on red frosting for the mummy's eyes.
3. Make two dots using black frosting for the pupils.

Easy Pumpkin Cupcakes

With such a simple design, these pumpkin cupcakes can be made quickly for any Halloween event on your calendar.
To make the cupcakes, follow these steps:
1. Frost cupcakes with orange frosting and dust with orange sprinkles.
2. Use a wooden skewer to draw pumpkin veins radiating from the center to the outer edge of the cupcakes.
3. Break large pretzel rods into small pieces and stick into the top of the cupcakes for stems.

Moldy Cheese Balls
These green cheese balls look past their prime, but their "mold" is just an herb coating that adds to the flavor. When plated with plastic spiders, they really achieve a gross-out appearance.

Jack-o'-Lantern Cheese Ball

Turn your favorite cheese ball into a total goofball by dressing it up as a playful pumpkin. Roll your prepared cheese ball in crushed nacho-cheese flavored snack chips. Place the cheese ball on a kale-lined platter. Cut a black olive into two triangle-shape pieces for the eyes and press into the cheese ball. Press three olive halves into the cheese ball to form the grin. (You may need to remove chips from these areas so the olives stick.) Place a dill pickle on top for a stem.

Scary Cerebrum
3 pounds frozen cooked medium shrimp (with tails), thawed and drained well
cup roasted red sweet peppers, cut into 1/4-inch thick strips
cup chicken broth
teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 1/2
teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
cup lemon juice
tablespoons tomato paste
tablespoon honey
cloves garlic, minced
teaspoon salt
teaspoon ground ginger
teaspoon cayenne pepper

1.In a 1-1/2-quart glass bowl (3-inches high, 7 1/2-inches in diameter), begin arranging shrimp, tails toward the center, in a circle to make 1 flat layer in the bottom of the bowl. (Only the round backs of the shrimp should be visible from the outside of the bowl.) Repeat layers until bowl is full, pressing down every couple layers. As bowl fills up, tuck strips of the roasted red pepper in and around shrimp forming "blood vessels". (It helps to peer through the sides of glass bowl to adjust as necessary.) When bowl is full, press down firmly with a plate that fits inside the bowl. Set aside.

2.In a small saucepan combine chicken broth and unflavored gelatin; let stand 5 minutes. Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin has dissolved. Whisk in lemon peel, lemon juice, tomato paste, honey, garlic, salt, ginger, and cayenne pepper until combined. Pour mixture over shrimp in bowl. Cover and chill at least 5 hours or overnight.

3.To unmold, set bowl in a sink filled with warm water for several seconds. Invert a large plate with sides over bowl. Invert plate and bowl together and remove bowl to unmold. Cover and chill until needed (up to 24 hours). Makes 12 appetizer servings.

Mummy Dogs

Cook up some 'dogs for an all-wrapped-up take on finger foods. Refrigerated breadsticks do the legwork. Make the appetizer lighter with cocktail wieners and a pinch of the breadstick dough rather than a full breadstick.

Handy Pretzels

Give new meaning to the concept "finger food" with these Halloween appetizers. Large pretzel sticks resemble useful appendages when the ends are dipped in melted candy coating and topped with a sliced almond "fingernail."

Spooky Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

These luscious jumbo strawberries are then plunged in decadent dark chocolate and half-dipped in creamy orange-colored confection, some are hand-dipped in creamy confection then drizzled with orange-colored confection and dark chocolate and some are hand-dipped in creamy orange-colored confection then finished with a dark-chocolate jack-o-lantern face to give festive flair.

And if you haven’t checked out Sara’s goodies @ Our Best Bites for Halloween, your missin it!

Just some of her yumminess…..but lots more…..

Halloween Cookie Pops

Spider Web Dip

Monster Munch

Beth @ Hungry Happenings created this fun cake and the witch's hat appetizers.

Chocolate Spider Cake

Witch’s Hat Appetizer

You can find these as well as others @ I Share Fun Food .

If you need more ideas, check out more great recipes from Amy @ Living Locurto that she has compiled from around the web. She also offers you a free menu plan.
I really want to try to ALL these recipes.  Is there one here that you would like to try?



Photo’s and recipes courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Romans 12:1“[A Living Sacrifice] Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

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