Beyond Tricks and Treats: Savory Recipes for Halloween by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, October 19th, 2013
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For kids — and kids at heart — Halloween may mean just one thing: candy. But beyond all things chocolate-covered and caramel-filled there lies an entire array of savory eats and drinks to celebrate this spooky holiday. Whether you’re hosting a fright night bash with friends or simply entertaining fellow moms and dads before trick-or-treating begins, opt for Halloween-inspired bites to set the theme. Check out a few of Food Network’s favorite party-ready recipes below, then tell FN Dish in the comments what you’re serving at your Halloween party.
Just as the party’s starting, put out a platter of Ghostinis with Bloody Murder Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade (pictured above) from Food Network Kitchens. Just like traditional crostini, these toasts are served with a blend of sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives and capers, but the bread is cut into ghosts to achieve an eerie effect. This fuss-free appetizer can be eaten with your hands, so it guarantees a relaxed, mingle-friendly atmosphere all night long.
For something more substantial, try Food Network Kitchens’ Individual Spooky White Pizzas (pictured right). These easy-to-make pies come together in only 35 minutes, thanks to store-bought pizza dough. Roll it out into personal-size pizzas, and top them with garlic olive oil and an assortment of creamy Italian cheeses like ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan. Sliced black olive rounds acting as eyes on each pie transform these pizzas into Halloween-worthy meals. Let guests help you roll out the dough and finish with toppings to find out what kind of ghostly designs can be created.
Every bit as refreshing as it is ghoulishly intriguing, Blueberry Rickety Eyeball Punch (pictured left) is a crimson-colored drink that guests of all ages can enjoy. The base of the punch boasts a combination of lychee syrup, blueberry juice cocktail and lime juice, while a splash of sparkling water adds a fizzy texture. To achieve the eyeball look-alike garnishes, simply stud lychees with fresh blueberries, let them chill in the freezer, then put a few in each glass as you serve. Entertaining adults only? Add a heavy glug of gin to make the punch an alcoholic sipper.
Visit Food Network’s Halloween headquarters for more spooky recipes and entertaining ideas.