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Oct 8, 2007 07:38 PM

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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. 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.

      1. re: debrolex

        Wow. That's pretty brilliant. Definitely one for the files. Thanks for sharing.

    2. How about making chicken or turkey meatballs around whole pitted olives with one end of the olive protruding out so it looks like an eyeball. Poach them so they stay light in color and serve them pupil up in some dark red tomato sauce.

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      1. Just saw a fantastic thread on the same idea. Here y'go.

        1. "Ghoulish Goulash" don't have a recipe butit was the first thing I thought of when I saw the post. plus I think it would be a good crockpot recipe.

          1. 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

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            1. re: Emme

              Guts -- make a beet slaw, cutting the beets into strings with a rouet