I absolutely adore Halloween. The funky macabre decorations adorning the house (I think I have just as many, if not more, Halloween decorations as I do Christmas ones!), dreaming up weird and wonderful costume. Whether they be strange, cute, funny or scary, I love the process of coming up with a costumes (even if it is a last-minute rumage through the wardrobe to find something that will do!)
But above all, I love being able to go a little wild in the kitchen.. making foods that at any other time of the year would be deemed repulsive, creepy, and downright vile… At Halloween, anything goes!
(To jump straight to the recipe, just click here!)
I’ve made SO many spooky themed things this month. On the 12th I threw my brother a Zombie themed surprise party, so plenty of zombirific recipes were summoned from the grave for that.. and on the Sunday just past we had a little Halloween party at my parents house, with spooky pizza, “pumpkin” cupcakes, lemon and slime cupcakes, plus other spooky snacks..
Which really makes me wonder why it’s taken me so long to post any Halloween related things on here!
I blame it on life getting in the way… I’m determined to post a little more frequently now that things have quietened down a little. And though it may be a little late to post lots of Halloween recipes, I might be able to get a headstart on Christmas.. ;D
In fact, these recipes could be used for both! Simply throw yourself a Nightmare Before Christmas party, and you can serve these in December too!
Because who wouldn’t want another excuse to serve this up again?
The recipe here is for my Garlic bones breadsticks, served with a super simple “bloody” dip.. But here’s a few snapshots of what else I served tonight!
This was one spookilicious haunted pie! I just made a basic vegetable pie filling with gravy-base (Grave-ey… get it? tee hee..), and topped it with some home-made shortcrust pastry which I shaped into skulls. I then poked holes for eyes and mouths using a chopstick! These ended up looking more like pastry variations of The Scream than skulls, but I liked it nonetheless!
I’m not the biggest fan of pastry or gravey, so I scooped a little of the pie veg into a pot before it was gravified, added in some miso and tomato paste, and topped it with a mashed Bootato Ghoul! This turned out so much better than I was expecting! I will have to recreate this and post a recipe at some point 🙂 .
I also made some cheesy mashed potato ghouls for my partner and little one – They went down rather well! Just pipe mashed potato into heaps, add two little lumps either side for arms, and pop some pumpkin seeds on for eyes and mouths. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until slightly golden. So good and so simple! I like them as they are (just mashed potato with a little coconut oil and soya milk) but cheesy works great too!
They are pretty creepy characters….
Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge…. but they won’t like it 😛
Anyway! On to the garlic fingers recipe! If I get a chance I’ll post a more in depth Bootato recipe tomorrow 🙂 Until then, make these! They’re rather nice ^^
Try it with some gorey dip 😉
By October 29, 2013Published:
- Prep: 60 mins
- Cook: 15 mins
- Ready In: 1 hr 15 mins
Delicious bone-shaped garlic bread sticks! Easy and delicious for Halloween!
- 350 grams White bread flour
- 1 Sachet Instant Yeast
- 1 Tbs Sugar
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 2 Cloves Fresh Garlic
- 2 Tbs Olive Oil
- 200 Ml Warm Water
- Add all of your ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix it together thoroughly. I used white flour in this recipe as that's all I had, but feel free to use wholewheat if you'd rather! Also, I think next time I would add twice as much garlic, it turned out very mild! So if you just want a mild flavour leave it at 2 cloves, but if you want something punchier, add more!
- Once it's mixed together it should look a little like this :). Cover it with a clean tea towel and go do something fun for an hour! Make some other Halloween themed creations perhaps? Or just sit down with a cup of coffee.. Your choice!
- After an hour, it should look like this :).
- Take the dough out onto a floured surface and knead the dough for between 10 to 20 minutes. It should be stretchy and elastic when it's done. I added a little garlic powder when I floured my surface to add an extra kick.
- Roll out the dough into thin strips, then roll up a few little balls. If you're going for a traditional bone shape, you'll need 4 balls. The dough should stick to itself just fine, but if they won't attach just use a few drops of water!
- Place the finished bones on a lightly greased baking tray. You can get as creative as you like with these! I made some normal bones, spines, pelvises and some more elaborate bones too, go wild! It's a great job for kids too!
- Bake the bones for between 10 and 25 minutes, or until they look brown and are nice and crispy.
- To make the tomato dip, simply finely dice a tomato, and add in a tablespoon or two of tomato sauce (ketchup works brilliantly, but you could use pasata if you're not a ketchup fan. My partner liked it though, and he doesn't like ketchup!) Then add in 1 tsp of Sriracha, and 1 diced spring onion. So simple, but really tasty! Simply add more or less of each ingredient until it taste good to you :D. If you make these, let me know! They're so much fun!