Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween Spread for the Kiddos

What's Halloween without a table spread out with so many good things to eat? Boring! Before sending your little ones (or even your big ones) out to Trick or Treat, make sure they have a good meal to eat. All that wonderful delicious candy on an empty stomach is bound to keep you up all night with disgusting tummy troubles. So make sure they eat well. This way they won't be scarfing down so much candy. A simple spread of Nachos and Spicy Chicken Wings ought to do the trick. It's all finger foods and they won't feel like they have to sit down at a formal table before going out on a night of fun.

Of course, dinner could be a little more involved. How about some Chile Chili? Or an Eyeball Platter of Meatballs and Deviled Eggs? There's also La Llorona Punch and Spicy Popcorn.

Make dinner before the Trick or Treating into a party. It is a night of celebration and a time to have an enjoyable time with your family. Have a great time and PLEASE make sure kids aren't out by themselves. And be sure and check the candy before any is popped into their mouths. Sadly, there are some sickos out there. So let's take care of our kids. Happy Halloween Everyone!

Halloween Nachos

1 dozen tortillas, either corn or flour
1 stick melted butter
Garlic salt
3 cups refried beans
1 cup mild salsa
1 cup shredded cheese
Sliced pickled jalapeños (optional)

Using your favorite Halloween cookie cutters, cut shapes out of tortillas. Brush each cut-out with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt. Spread pieces on cookie sheet. Crisp tortillas pieces in a 350° oven for approximately 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
Arrange on a platter with refried beans, salsa, shredded cheese, and jalapeños for the kids to make their own great tasting nachos.

Chicken Wings

40 chicken wings or drummets
3 cups flour
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 stick of butter
1 cup hot sauce (like Louisianna)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ garlic powder
Oil for frying wings

Mix flour, salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic salt. Lightly dust wings with the flour mixture and place on a tray. (Reserve the left-over flour mixture.) Refrigerate tray of wings for 1 hour. Whisk eggs with 1 cup of milk. Remove wings from fridge. Heat oil, or vegetable shortening in a deep pot to 2 to 3 inches deep. Allow to get hot over medium high heat. Dip each wing into the egg mixture and then re-dust with the left-over flour mixture. Fry wings, 6 to 7 at a time, until golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.Drain fried chicken wings over paper towels.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add hot sauce, black pepper, and garlic powder. Simmer for 1 minute. Place drained wings into a large bowl. Drizzle with the hot sauce mixture. Toss lightly until thoroughly covered in sauce.If hot wings aren't what the kids want, do not drizzle with the hot sauce. Instead, mix BBQ sauce with a little honey and brush over drained wings. Delicious!

Chile Chili
(makes 4 generous helpings)

1 lb. lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 ounce) can chili beans
2 tablespoons chile powder
1 tablespoon grated Mexican chocolate
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon each: salt, pepper
1 tablespoon hot sauce
sour cream, grated Cheddar cheese, minced onion, chopped jalapeños, optional

Brown ground beef, onion, and garlic. Drain and discard fat. Add tomatoes, chili beans, chile powder, and chocolate. Cook on medium low heat for 1 hour. Serve Chile Chili in bread bowls.

Bread Bowls
1 can refrigerated French bread loaf dough

Preheat oven to 350°
Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Remove dough from can but do not unroll. Cut dough into 4 equal pieces. Shape each dough piece into a round ball with seam on bottom and round and smooth on top. Place dough balls on prepared cookie sheet seam side down. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until deep golden brown. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Cut off about a quarter from the top and press bread down into "bowl" to shape.

Eyeball Appetizer Platter

Deviled Eggs:
6 hard-cooked eggs
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
pinch of salt and pepper
6 pimento stuffed Spanish Olives cut in half
hot sauce

Peel eggs. Cut in half lengthwise. Slip yolks out and into bowl. Mash yolks and stir in mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into pastry bag (or zip lock bag with corner cut out). Squeeze yolk into egg halves. Light brush egg whites with hot sauce. Place 1/2 sliced olive in center of "eyeball" with pimento showing on top.

1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 cup crushed crackers
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup (1 small) onion, minced
1 large egg
Asadero cheese pieces
Pimento stuffed olives sliced in half

Preheat oven to 400°
In large bowl, mix all ingredients except Asadero and olives. Shape into 1 1/2 inch meatballs and place in ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully make a small slit on to of each meatball and insert Asadero piece. When cheese has melted slightly, top with olive half.

La Llorona Punch
1 package (.22 ounce) Berry Blue Kool Aid
1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
1 (64 ounce) bottle white grape juice, chilled
8 scoops of vanilla ice cream
1 cup sugar, or to taste

In a large punch bowl, stir together kool aid, ginger ale, and white grape juice. Taste and stir in sugar as needed. Float ice scream scoops on top right before serving.

Chile/Pepita Popcorn
4 cups freshly popped popcorn
1 1/4 teaspoon chile powder
1 1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pepitas (roasted and shelled pumpkin seeds)
1 cup raisins
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Combine chile powder, cumin, and salt. Toss hot popcorn with melted butter. Sprinkle with seasoning mixture. Stir in pepitas and raisins.
Here's another Popcorn recipe you can make. Go to Mexican Chocolate Lore and More to read more about it.


Gloria Chadwick said...

Teresa, This spread is awesome! You really put your whole heart and soul into cooking and it shows. WOW!

RecipeGirl said...

Great ideas! I love the eyeball egg appetizers :)

Foodycat said...

It all sounds great but I particularly love the popcorn! Yum! I send my mum packages of halloween candy (she can't get it in Australia) for a group of the local kids who trick or treat. They have very clear rules - only houses that have agreed to be visited, no unwrapped sweets etc. Sad that so many precautions need to be taken!

Maria said...

That's a great Halloween spread! So cute ... It's my hubby's birhtday that day, so I will be having guests over for dinner. I think I might try your deviled eggs ...

gastroanthropologist said...

Wings and deviled eggs? Who cares about candy. Can I come over for Halloween? Awesome spread!

Prudence said...

Oh no you didn't!! WOW!! Everything looks so divine! I'm coming to your place! Great job Theresa. Thanks for all of these FAB recipes!

ARLENE said...

Sure wish I could Trick or Treat at your house. I second the vote for chocolate popcorn.

Aggie said...

What a spread! Everything looks delish!

Reeni said...

Everything looks so good! I wish I could trick or treat at your house too. Your awesome!

Joan said...

I wanna come to your house for the party! I would have to roll myself out of there. Your spread looks beautiful!!
Keep up the wonderful blogging!!

BanginFood said...

What an awesome and creative spread!

VG said...

Wow Teresa, what a spread! You have outdone yourself, well done.

Happy Halloween to you and your family, muah....VG

Adam said...

What I wouldn't give to be one of the kids in your neighborhood. Sign me up for the eyeballs and the popcorn, they are too cool! This spread is amazing Teresa.

I remember searching my new found candy for like an hour with my parents each Halloween. All it took was finding one open wrapper to freak us out.

Michele said...

Your post reminds me of the Halloween bonfires that we used to have. Sadly we don't have the space to entertain anymore. But your spread brought all of those great memories back.
Have a fantastic Halloween my friend!

Dee said...

It all looks just fabulous! Have a wonderful Halloween & dia de los Muertos. Your table is so artful & colorful.

Kelly said...

I love your spread. It reminds me of the halloween parties my family threw when I was a child. Are those halloween shaped tortilla chips that I see?

Sophie said...

This is sooo cute! I wish I could come trick or treating at your house, except I'd want more than just a treat! I can't wait to do this kinda thing when I have kiddos :). Happy Halloween!

Debinhawaii said...

Great photos and what wonderful looking food! Everything looks and sounds delicious. I echo the feeling on those deviled eggs and that incredible looking popcorn!

Soma said...

What an awesome blog u have!! Love mexican food... the spice esp. the cumin & chillis that we are so familiar with in indian food...

I am "on the border" Texas:-)

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