With so many creepy ways to re-imagine everyday ingredients, some of our traditional and favorite foods are just more fun to make at Halloween.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1¼ ounce package taco seasoning mix
- 12 taco shells
- ¾ cup salsa
- ¾ cup sour cream
- 1 can tomatoes, small cubes
- 1 small head lettuce, sliced into small confetti squares
- (2¼ ounce can large black olives, sliced
- 1 cup cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, shredded & long
Mix meat and seasoning mix. Shape half of the mixture into 24 one-inch balls.
Place in 15×10×1-inch baking pan and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Brown remaining seasoned ground beef and add salsa.
Fill each taco shell with a thin layer of ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Position 2 meatballs inside the taco shell and add a dollop of sour cream to each. Garnish with olives to make “eyeballs.” Spread the cheese out along to the top for stringy hair.
HALLOWEEN DEVILED EGGS
- 6 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and sliced in half
- ¼ c. mayonnaise
- 1½ tsp. sweet pickle relish
- 1½ tsp. yellow mustard
- ¼ tsp. garlic powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 – 6 oz. can of whole pitted black olives
Separate egg yolks from whites in a medium bowl. Mash the egg yolks, mayonnaise, relish, mustard, garlic and salt.
Scoop even amounts of filling into each egg half. For a cleaner look, use a piping bag to pipe dollops of filling into each egg.
Cut black olives in half for the spider body. Place on egg yolk mixture, then slice half olives longwise for 4 legs and arrange around olive halves to form a spider.
RED VELVET HOT CHOCOLATE
This recipe is for one cup; multiply for your desired number of servings.
- 2 tbsp cream cheese (regular or low fat is fine)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp cornflour (cornstarch)
- 1.5 oz dark chocolate chopped
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tbsp granulated sugar
- pinch salt
- red gel food coloring
Stir together the cornflour and a drop of milk to form a slurry. Place cream cheese in a saucepan and whisk in cornflour slurry until smooth. Gradually whisk remainder of milk.
Add chocolate, vanilla extract, sugar, and salt to the pan and place over a medium heat. Cook, stirring regularly, until chocolate has melted and mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and stir in red gel food coloring for desired shade.