Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Trick or Treat! A few great recipes for your Halloween parties.

Happy Halloween to all of my readers! I’m not so much into tricks, but, as you know, I do love treats. This week I would love to share some recipes that are perfect for the witching hour. I have included a couple of my favorite Trick or Treat after party snacks as well as a fun one you can make with your little ones.

Bloody Buffalo Fingers - These are basically a variation on my Buffalo Chicken.Just added a few spooky accessories. 

2 lbs chicken tenders – sliced in half long ways
1 C Panko bread crumbs
1 C Parmesan cheese
1 stick butter
1/2 C Frank’s red hot sauce plus more for garnish
Red food coloring
A package or 2 of long fake fingernails – I prefer black or red

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a mixing bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and cheese.
Dredge the tenders in the cheese/breadcrumb mixture and lay in a baking pan
Melt the butter and Frank’s Red Hot together in the microwave
Add some red food coloring to the butter mixture after it’s melted
Drizzle the mixture over the chicken
Bake uncovered for 45 minutes.
While chicken is baking, mix a little red food coloring and hot sauce together – about ¼ cup
After you plate the chicken tenders, drip the red hot sauce around them on the plate. Place a fingernail at the top of each tender. There you have bloody fingers! They’re spooky and yummy too. Just make sure nobody chokes on a fingernail!

Harvest  Dip  –  A sweet and sassy dip that’s great for fall. It’s delicious with sliced apples, pretzels, or graham sticks, and reheats so easily in the microwave. I’ve been making this dip since college. Yikes. My then boss, Laura Root, shared this recipe with me, and I have been making it for family parties ever since! Thanks Mrs. Root!

1 bag butterscotch chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2t cinnamon or more to taste
2T white vinegar.
Apples, pretzel sticks, and/or graham sticks for dipping

In a saucepan, melt the chips and condensed milk, stirring constantly. You want to watch this, because the chips can burn. When the mixture is melted and gooey, turn off the heat, and add the cinnamon and vinegar. Stir until combined. You can adjust the cinnamon and white vinegar amounts for tartness/sweetness. You can't really mess it up.

Dip away!

Ho-Ho Spiders- I’ve been making these with my kids for years at Halloween time. They are the perfect edible craft for a preschool Halloween party, because they are SO EASY. The kids love to get creative with the icing and sprinkles, as you can see by my pictures.

1 box Ho-Hos or other packaged chocolate cake treat
1 bag small pretzel sticks
Candy corn or tiny red cinnamon discs
Icing and sprinkles for decorating if you want it

Push 4 pretzel sticks into each side of the Ho Ho, giving the spider 8 legs.
Push 2 candy corns into the front of the Ho Ho for eyes
Or use icing and cinnamon discs to give the spider red eyes.
Decorate with icing or sprinkles if you’re feeling creative!

May you all have a safe and fun Halloween. May the weather in the Northeast remain dry and above 50 degrees for once so that the kids and parents don’t freeze. May you receive lots and lots of treats and no tricks!

Until next time – mangia!

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