I love Halloween. The candy, the costumes, the chance to make your food fun. This year for dinner we had Eyeball Soup, Pumpkin Grilled Cheese, Worms and Dirt, Spiderweb Eggs and Ghastly Ghosts. Mmmmmm. The best part? After dinner we took the toddler trick or treating- and she actually SAID “trick or treat!”
Based on this martha stewart recipe.
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cans crushed tomatoes
1 quart chicken broth
salt, pepper, oregano, basil (to taste)
1-2 cups half and half, milk, or cream
small balls of fresh mozzarella
several olives stuffed with pimento
Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft but not brown. Don’t let the garlic burn. Add the tomatoes and then the broth. Stir and let it warm up. Add the spices, turn the heat down to a simmer and let it cook for about 45 minutes. (I did all of this ahead and let it sit in the fridge overnight)
Let it cool a little bit and then run it through the blender in batches until it’s smooth. Or use a stick blender in the pot (won’t get as smooth but if you’re not Martha Stewart, you might not care). Return to the heat and slowly whisk in the dairy (milk, cream, whatever). It will lighten it up and you can do this to taste as well. Let it sit on low heat while you make the eyeballs.
Slice your olives into thirds. Make sure to keep the pimento intact.
Using a small melon baller- or maybe a tiny spoon?- scoop out a little bit of the mozzarella ball.
Place the third-ed olive into the dent left in the cheese and you’ll have some eyeballs.
We served this with grilled cheese pumpkins- just cut the pumpkin shape out before you grill the bread.
We also had spiderweb eggs, from this Martha Stewart recipe. It’s a clever idea but since I don’t peel eggs well, I delegated that task to the husband. Who discovered that they don’t peel easily and also look better when you leave on the membrane. Ick. I couldn’t get a really good photo of these but they were pretty neat.
Finally, we had worms in dirt, again, thanks to Martha Stewart. It’s basically canned black beans, heated and chopped and then hot dogs boiled and arranged. Still, sort of fun. Just make sure you cut your hot dogs thin enough. Start by cutting them in half.
Then cut them in slices- if you’re really careful, you could probably get about four from each half. I was not careful and ended up with odd numbers. Mine were also a little thick.
Throw these into a pot of boiling water and when they start to curl, take them out. Spread your black beans on a plate and then arrange the hot dog worms to look like they’re squirming and moving around all over.
And because you can’t have Halloween without a costume, here’s the toddler: