Halloween is on the way and I'd like to set my tables with tongue-in-cheek dishes for the guys and ghouls coming to celebrate the night. A selection of cheeses is a blasphemous pun waiting to happen, but other than devil's food, deviled eggs and a recipe for "gravelox," I haven't many other ideas. Any wits out there care to pick up my slack?
On Martha Stewart's show this morning, she had a huge "Monster Buffet" with all sorts of clever dishes, the recipes for which will be on the website. Things I hadn't seen before, that would be easy, were the large pearl tapioca in a green-tinted bubble tea (Eye of Newt), and peeled radishes which were hollowed out, then stuffed with pimento-stuffed olives (Eyeballs - if you leave a little red when you peel, instant bloodshot effect).
Which led me to think of "Ratishes"...choose elongated radishes, if possible, then cut tails and ears out of jicama or white beet or more radish, cloves for eyes.
There have been lots of great suggestion, too many to choose! Right now my menu is looking like (for 10 people):
Morcillas fritas (Sauteed blood sausages)
Triple scream brie
Devil's suppositories (Boulette d'avense)
Chips & dips (spinach, caramelized onion, ajvar)
Vampire's Blood (sangria and dry ice)
Blood orange margaritas
Salted oatmeal cookies
Curry coriander shorties
But I still think I need at least one more hot item, preferably a protein. Nor am I married to margaritas or brownies. Would "deviled mac-n-cheese" (spiced with chipotles and chilies) be dairy overkill? Ghoulash is not going to work because I will have non-red meat-eating guests. I had originally thought quesakillas, but the name made me groan and I don't want to be spending any more time in the kitchen than I would be crushing ice for margaritas.
Chicken Fingers? Do them in a nice seasoned panko and parmesan crust.
Blood Eyeballs? Meatballs (chicken/turkey) in a bbq (blood) sauce
Monster Tacos? http://www.foodchannel.com/recipes/1339-spooky-eyeball-tacos-
These aren't protein, but how cute are these Potato Ghosts?? http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/...
Cheese plate puns
Triple scream brie
Monterrey Jack o lantern
And lots of moldy blues
Some cheeses with Halloweenish names
Bandage Wrapped Cheddar
Cute idea for making cheddar cheese pumpkins ... or is that shudder cheese
Lets have a look in the skullery...
We have trick or treat. Every fifth 'something-or-other' has a chili in it.
Fillet of soul
Sprite (with the aforementioned spirits.)
Leper Corns for goblin (lentils)
Broomsticks - twiglets with 'shredded wheat' baklava tails
Not punnish but devil's breath cocktail:
Restaurant 2941 has an "eye" scream dessert that looks great:
You could Hungarian ghoulish in a jackolantern/pumpkin shell that looks like its brains when you open the top.
As an alternative to the aforementioned "Witches Fingers" - make them out of pretzel dough. I once made fingers, with creases at the knuckles even, making soft pretzels from scratch and pressing on almond halves painted with red food coloring as fingernails. They were really wicked!
Witches Fingers - shortbread shaped like fingers with a sliced almond for a fingernail
Bloody Brains - spaghetti or spaghetti squash with tomato-based sauce
Mummies (Pigs in Blankets)
Marshmonsters (s'mores... dip the graham crackers in melted white chocolate tinted with orange food coloring)
The cutest site with pictures of carving foods to look scary... Love the bread carved like a face, with a knife in the mouth...
well on the devil tack
pumpernickel bread (from the German make's "nick" (aka Old Nick the devil) fart
As for the cheese plate if you can find it you have to incude Boulette d'avenses ( a French cheese) sice it's local nickname is "le suppositore du diable" (due to the hot paprika on the surface)