Boo! The 31st of October is almost upon us, and if you want your guests to die of fright during the Halloween dinner, try out these original and tasty dishes which are quick, easy and perfect for a last minute meal. Recipes courtesy of Anita Cocinitas.
– Philadelphia cheese – Almond crocanti (or chopped almonds and sugar) – Peppercorns for the eyes – A bag of Doritos
How is it made?
1. Take the Philadelphia cheese and roll it into balls the size of meatballs, using spoons or your hands.
2. If you don’t have the corcanti, don’t panic! It’s really easy to make your own homemade version. (Chop the almonds in the food processor and put them in a pan without oil over a medium heat. When they start to brown, add a teaspoon of sugar and stir continuously until the sugar melts and all of it is caramalised.)
3. Roll the cheese balls in the crocanti until well covered.
4. Place the balls on a plate and with a couple of black peppercorns to make eyes for the bats. Top with two wing-shaped Doritos, and instantly we have some pretty terrifying bats!
-1 onion – 1 piece of ginger root (about 20g) – 5 small pumpkins (approx. 650g) – 2 tablespoons of butter – 700 ml stock – 300 ml of apple juice – Iodised salt – Pepper – 2 apples (approx. 125g) – 100g of cream
How is it made?
1. Peel the onion and ginger and chop everything very finely.
2. Cut the top off 4 pumpkins and remove the seeds and pulp to leave a layer of about 0.5 cm thick. Next, peel the remaining pumpkin, remove the seeds, cut the flesh into cubes and set aside about 800g.
3. Saute the onion and ginger in butter until transparent. Then add the pumpkin pulp and soften for 5 minutes. Next dd the stock, juice, salt and pepper to the mix and bring to the boil. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, peel the apples, remove the core and seeds and cut into cubes. Then add to the soup and cook everything for about 5 minutes, until softened. Important! This is when we take 1 tablespoon of diced apple and pumpkin and put it aside for later.
5. Puree the remaining soup, add the sour cream and season.
6. Finally, pour the soup into the pumpkins and decorate them with the diced apple and pumpkin. Ready!
*Tiendeo Tip: You can also empty a large pumpkin and use it as soup bowl. The leftover pumpkin pulp can also be utilized, for example you can add it to jam or some sauteed vegetables.
– Frankfurter type sausages; preferably short
– A sheet of puff pastry – Cloves for the eyes
How is it made?
1. Preheat the oven to 190º.
2. Then cut a few strips of pastry. Preferably very fine, less than 1cm thick, and the result will be more attractive.
3. Wrap each sausage with strips of pastry. Start with the head, like a hat, and very careful not to cover the face, up and down along the sausage turning it many times. In the end, they can take several layers of puff pastry, it doesn’t matter.
4. When all the sausages are wrapped, place them in a nonstick baking tray and insert the cloves for eyes. Then bake for about 20 minutes, watching closely to prevent burning.
5. They can be served hot or cold, accompanied by ketchup or some of your preferred dipping sauce. Mmmm … yummy!
– Buns or muffins
– Black icing
– Peach jam (or another flavour, but one which has minimal colour)
– Smarties for the eyes
– Melted chocolate or black decorating gel, for the pupils
How is it made?
1. Cover the buns or muffins with some jam, so the fondant sticks well and they stay moist. If you have a lot muffin-top, first cut them a little to shape them, keeping them rounded but remaining more or less flat.
2. Next, roll out the fondant. To avoid sticking, Tiendeo recommends rolling it on the worktop and placing a little cornstarch underneath. Also, another trick is to use two pieces of grease-proof paper, one below and one above the fondant, to make it much easier to roll.
3. Take a piece of fondant and knead lightly with your hands. With the help of the rolling pin, roll it between two pieces of grease-proof paper, as finely as you can. If it seems to stick, put some cornstarch on the paper. It may not come out well first time if the fondant is very sticky, but you will get the hang of it eventually.
4. Next, plate them in a ring, cut a circle of icing and place it over the cupcake, leaving it fairly flat and folding down the excess. Repeat for all the muffins.
5. The legs are made with licorice sticks and the eyes are also made with icing, but you could also use white smarties to make them.
If you want to scare your guests to death this Halloween, try serving these tasty, original and super tasty dishes.
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