Ghoulish Halloween Pot Luck Ideas?
I am looking for something that sounds gross, but is actually extremely tasty for my company's pot luck luncheon this Halloween. Last year, I made California rolls and called them "eyeballs"...the pickled ginger was "witch's skin" and the wasabi was "bat guts". Everyone loved it & I had nothing left over. I want to have the same effect this year, but am at a loss of what to make. Any great ideas that nobody else will have thought of?
Restrictions: It has to be easy to make ahead & transport. I have access to a microwave, toaster oven & refrigerator at the office...and can bring in a crock pot if necessary.
First, I want to say that I'd love to work for *any* company that has a Halloween pot-luck meal! It sounds like a cool place to work.
I was at a loss to think of anything until it occurred to me that you'll have a crock pot or could microwave a casserole.
A simple chicken stew or chicken fricassee could become oh-so-much-more if you entitle it "road-kill chicken." Render it as such by going to the Asian market, ask for a dim-sum sized package of chicken's feet appetizer (yes, they have chicken feet, marinated in sesame and chili oil, in a vacuum-pak bag). Insert the chicken feet into the casserole right before serving, foot side sticking out, of course.
I'm starting to think that maybe this is a bit over-the-top, but hey, I'd love to know if it works out.
I have made hotdogs wrapped in crossants (pig in blanket some call it) bake them -- then slice a little off for a fingernail and put blue food coloring on that spot and then drizzle with red or green ketchup. Wrapped bloody fingers!
Also have you ever fixed cow's tongue - it is really gross lookng however tastes great - can buy at grocery store - I fix it by boiling with onions and bay leaves - suggest you peal it before taking it in - they can slice and eat plain or on sandwich - tases just like roast beef
I placed eyes around it or the platter (mushrooms - pop the stems out and put half olive with pimento in it in the hole).
Eyeballs - to second the other poster, but use caper for pupil
Bloody Fingers... lady finger cookies with an almond slice stuck on (using a little jam or icing) for a fingernail, then drizzled or coated in spots with raspberry jam
Vomit on the Pavement-- ratatouille on crostini
Cute. Few ideas:
"Dead Meat" -- chocolate pudding with gummy worms. Or a mixture of chocolate, strawberry and pistachio pudding with gummy worms to get the full necrotic effect".
"Vampire stew" -- Borcht (but people would need to be careful not to spill and stain their office whites).
"Rotten eggs" - Devilled eggs made with wasabe mayonaise -- and possible black fish-eggs for maggoty garnish if you feel ambitious.
"Poison Apples" -- mini-caramel apples -- cored for easier eating.
"Ladies fingers" -- cookies really shaped like cut off ladies fingers with jelly beans cut in half to look like fingernails.
re: bite bite
I LOVE these ideas! This is in line with what I was looking for. I was hoping to stick to a hot dish if possible. If I can't come up with something hot, then I think I'll do the apples. I like bite-size things for pot lucks.
One of my co-workers last year stuffed a shirt & jeans and placed a bowl of li'l smokie sausages in BBQ sauce in the middle to look like the guy's guts. It went over really well. I don't do repeats, but if someone else needs an easy ghoulish recipe idea, they can use that one.