Halloween 2018 (A day late)

Halloween tradition at our family table includes pumpkin carving (my ex-husband) and Halloween Dinner (me).  This year we had our Halloween dinner on Sunday night because on Monday night I teach, on Tuesday night the kids have ninja class, and on Wednesday night they ate at their after school program so that we could get out and trick or treat.   But did I post it?  NOPE.

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Oh well, better late than never.  Here it is, our Halloween dinner, as dictated by tradition.

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This year I made adorable spider cookies (here).  For these you need sugar cookies, mini-reeses cups, edible eyes and melted chocolate.  Start with the cookie.

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Dab a bit of melted chocolate on the reeses and put it in the middle/front of the cookie. Leave room for the eyes!

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Put the melted chocolate (I used nutella that I microwaved for about 45 seconds) into a piping bag or plastic baggie. Use this to draw the spider legs (four on each side!) next to the reeses cup.

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Next, dab a little chocolate on each eyeball and stick them on, carefully.

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Now, step back and admire the adorable creatures you’ve created.   The eyeballs are everything.

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I also made meatball mummies (here). Just like with hot dogs, only with meatballs.  I was lazy and used frozen meatballs and pop and bake crescent roll dough.  Easiest way to do this is to unroll the dough and stretch it out a little and then cut it into strips.  Or tear it, if you’re lazy like me.  Preheat your oven to 350 and get a baking sheet ready (I used a silpat).  Put two meatballs together (the original post suggested using a stick of dry spaghetti to skewer the meatballs to keep them in place, removing before you bake, but I didn’t need that) and then wrap them in the strips of dough.  Don’t forget to wrap the head, leaving a space for eyes.

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Bake at 350 until the dough is cooked and the meatballs are warmed through.  Add eyes using little dots of mustard (ketchup didn’t show up well enough on ours). We think ours ended up looking a little bit like the sand people or the jawas from Star Wars.

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I also did a Halloween fruit platter with chocolate yogurt dip.  This was a hit but putting the fruit together was frustrating.  Pro tip?  Do not use old mini marshmallows.  They don’t stick.

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I was also unable to make a spider the way the original poster described so I used a prune and more melted nutella for legs.  I eyeballed (get it?  so Halloween of me!) the dip- just combined some nutella with greek vanilla yogurt.  I used some of the vanilla to draw the spider web (draw three circles inside each other and use a knife pulled through each line from the middle to make the web).

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So there you have it.  Hallowen dinner, 2018.  That pizza in the background was supposed to be candy corn pizza but I was so involved with the fruit that I forgot it was in the oven and it cooked too long.  Tasty though.

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Same time next year?  You bet! I’ll try to post it BEFORE Halloween though.

 

 

 

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