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Halloween Puns

JungMann Oct 14, 2009 07:49 AM

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?

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    scarsdalesurprise Oct 14, 2009 07:58 AM

    How about Horrors d'œuvre? :)

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      jumpingmonk Oct 14, 2009 06:04 PM

      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)

      1. nofunlatte Oct 14, 2009 07:08 PM


        1. operagirl Oct 14, 2009 07:35 PM

          finger sandwiches (could use sliced almond pieces as fingernails)
          blood sausage

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          1. re: operagirl
            JungMann Oct 14, 2009 07:46 PM

            These are great ideas! I was thinking about serving a blood soup or morcillas, but decided these would just go uneaten. But I could certainly do ghoulash in vols-au-vent, or do you have any other suggestions?

            1. re: JungMann
              operagirl Oct 14, 2009 07:58 PM

              Thanks! Glad to be of help. The terrormisu definitely has to be decorated as a graveyard with little chocolate tombstones. Jussayin. Also, don't bother serving beer and wine; just spirits! ;-)

          2. Emme Oct 14, 2009 09:04 PM

            Witches Fingers - shortbread shaped like fingers with a sliced almond for a fingernail

            Bloody Brains - spaghetti or spaghetti squash with tomato-based sauce


            Chicken Scare-oppini

            Deviled Eyeballs

            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...

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            1. re: Emme
              JungMann Oct 15, 2009 06:21 AM

              I love the mummies idea! Perhaps I could wrap soujuk in puff pastry with dukkah for "Egyptian mummies" and morcillas for "bloody mummies!" What are the deviled eyeballs? Eyeballs in curry?

              1. re: JungMann
                Emme Oct 15, 2009 07:00 PM

                Deviled Eggs -- The white is the white... the yellow looks like the iris, then top with a sliced olive for the pupil... or a caper if it fits with your deviled egg recipe better!

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                  Michelly Oct 18, 2009 12:48 PM

                  Then pipe a little red gel lines on the yolk to make them look bloodshot.

                  1. re: Michelly
                    eamcd Oct 18, 2009 02:01 PM

                    Or slivers of roasted pepper might work better on egg than gel.

              2. re: Emme
                givemecarbs Oct 16, 2009 12:02 AM

                Great site and a fun thread! I like the half a watermelon with the dude emerging. If someone does the terrormisu please post pics.

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                smartie Oct 15, 2009 04:57 AM

                anything 'on the bone' or 'bone in'

                1. BobB Oct 15, 2009 06:30 AM

                  Try vampire tacos. Not a pun - these are real: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/497950

                  1. maplesugar Oct 15, 2009 10:38 AM

                    Not a dish exactly but this melon "brain" from familyfun.go.com wins my vote for creepy :)

                    1. cuccubear Oct 15, 2009 10:46 AM

                      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!

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                        fern Oct 15, 2009 10:59 AM

                        I think if you served home (witches?) brew in frankensteins you'd find your guests goblin it up.

                        eta: howlandaise sauce?

                        1. nofunlatte Oct 15, 2009 11:28 AM

                          A friend of mine used to bring a pasta salad made with radiattore to parties. She called it "Pasta Brains". BTW, these were not Halloween parties!

                          1. chowser Oct 15, 2009 11:33 AM

                            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.

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                            1. re: chowser
                              BobB Oct 15, 2009 12:06 PM

                              Or you could just...cook some brains!


                            2. Paulustrious Oct 15, 2009 12:28 PM

                              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
                              Hollow weenies

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                              1. re: Paulustrious
                                DallasDude Oct 15, 2009 08:45 PM

                                Ha every other something has a chili in it...

                                When I make grilled bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos (and I do a lot), one of the jalapenos is not de-seeded. The guests are warned, and anxiously look for the hot one.

                              2. CindyJ Oct 15, 2009 01:07 PM

                                And for your table centerpiece...

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                                1. re: CindyJ
                                  Paulustrious Oct 16, 2009 08:37 AM

                                  I like that one - that will be this years design.

                                2. sarahjay Oct 15, 2009 08:39 PM

                                  Don't forget the fingers of a Rod Stewart fan

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                                    k_marie Oct 15, 2009 10:51 PM

                                    Maybe a plate of hollow wieners? Fill sausage casings with air and tie tightly.

                                    1. rworange Oct 18, 2009 04:34 PM

                                      Cheese plate puns

                                      Monster (muenster)
                                      Morbider (Mobier)
                                      Triple scream brie
                                      Monterrey Jack o lantern
                                      And lots of moldy blues

                                      Some cheeses with Halloweenish names
                                      Bad axe
                                      Bandage Wrapped Cheddar
                                      Midnight Moon

                                      Cute idea for making cheddar cheese pumpkins ... or is that shudder cheese

                                      1. greygarious Oct 27, 2009 07:07 AM

                                        For children, Martha Stewart has a simple rigatoni in tomato sauce with mozzarella called "Riga-boney" and I think the cheese was supposed to be spider webs.

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                                        1. re: greygarious
                                          Paulustrious Oct 27, 2009 08:54 AM

                                          You could have rigatoni with mortadella and call it rigamortis.

                                        2. JungMann Oct 28, 2009 06:52 AM

                                          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
                                          Monstrous Muenster
                                          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
                                          Deviled brownies

                                          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.

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                                          1. re: JungMann
                                            greygarious Oct 28, 2009 07:12 AM

                                            There's a Hungarian whine called Egri Bikaver, which translates as bull's blood.

                                            Will your guests eat fish? BLACKened CATfish.

                                            1. re: JungMann
                                              rworange Oct 28, 2009 09:54 AM

                                              Veggie screech (quiche0

                                              Individual quiche could be made ahead of time.

                                              1. re: JungMann
                                                Emme Oct 29, 2009 06:16 PM

                                                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/...

                                              2. greygarious Oct 30, 2009 09:47 AM

                                                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.

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