Happy Halloween!

It’s Halloween night
What are you to do?
The kids are in a fright
Over your scary spaghetti squash stew

All they want is candy
Their eyes are set on treats
but you insist on veggies
before they hit the streets

I’ll tell you what I suggest
and geez you might be sorry
Halloween is the theme (you probably rightly guessed)
and these meals are downright gory…

Halloween Recipes

STUFFED JACK-O-LANTERN BELL PEPPERS

Ingredients:

  •  6 bell peppers, any color (pick orange for Halloween!)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.
  2. Lightly mix together the ground beef, egg, bread cubes, onion, tomato, garlic, chili sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Wash the peppers, and cut jack-o’-lantern faces into the peppers with a sharp paring knife, making triangle eyes and noses, and pointy-teeth smiles. Slice off the tops of the peppers, and scoop out the seeds and cores. Stuff the peppers lightly with the beef stuffing, and place them into the prepared baking dish so they lean against each other.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through and juicy, about 1 hour.

GHOST OF MONTE CRISTO SANDWICH

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices Bread
  • 4 slices Swiss Cheese
  • 2 slices Oven Roasted Breast of Turkey
  • 2 slices Virginia Brand Baked Ham
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting (optional)

Directions:

  1. Lay bread slices on work surface. On 2 bread slices, place 1 slice cheese, 1 slice turkey, 1 slice ham, and 1 more slice of cheese; top each with remaining bread slice.
  2. Using a 5-by-4-inch ghost-shaped cookie cutter, cut out a ghost-shaped sandwich; repeat with remaining ingredients. Set aside.
  3. In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk, and salt.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet, heat butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Dip each sandwich in egg mixture to coat well on both sides, and place in skillet. Cook, turning once, until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately, dusted with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

SWAMP CREATURES

Ingredients:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Sautéed spinach
  • Olive slices

Directions:

  1. Mix up a batch of macaroni and cheese, then spoon it into greased muffin cups and bake until firm, about 25 minutes.
  2. Let the creatures rest for about 10 minutes, then gently remove them from the tins. Place them upside down on a swamp of sautéed spinach and add olive slice eyes.

What do you feed your little trick-or-treaters before they hit the streets on Halloween night?

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