Traditional Halloween Recipes, Hints & Videos
Halloween has become the largest decorating holiday in the United States behind Christmas and the range of fun and scary foods is almost as large. Traditional foods include ingredients that are abundant in the fall such as pumpkins, apples, nuts and corn. Add to these the delightful flavors or caramel, toffee and other traditional Halloween candies and you have the makings of a traditional Halloween feast.
Traditional Halloween Appetizer Recipes
Jack-O-Lantern Cheese Ball
This is a festive Halloween appetizer that everyone will love. It looks like a pumpkin but has delicious pumpkin and cheese flavor.
2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
4 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. solid pack pumpkin
1/2 C. pineapple preserves
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 pretzel rod, broken in half
Decorations: Dark rye bread, red pepper, black olive slices, parsley sprigs
Beat cheeses, pumpkin, preserves and spices in a medium bowl until smooth. Cover; refrigerate 2-3 hours or until cheese is firm enough to shape. Shape mixture into a round pumpkin; place on serving plate. Using knife, score vertical lines down pumpkin. Place pretzel rod in top for stem. Cut 2 small triangles for the eyes. Small triangle of red pepper for nose. Slice olives slices in half for the mouth. Cover loosely; refrigerate until serving time. Serve with crackers.
Halloween Main Dish Recipes
Easy Stuffed Pumpkin
Pumpkin stuffed with a mixture of rice and ground beef is a very attractive and colorful dish. It is easy to make and makes a satisfying, healthy meal. It's delicious.
1 small pumpkin, halved, seeds removed
2/3 C. uncooked rice
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. shredded red cabbage
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
3-4 Saltine-type crackers, crushed
Cook rice in rice cooker or on stovetop according to directions. Remove seeds and stringy interior of pumpkin halves with a large spoon or ice cream scoop. Sauté onions and cabbage in olive oil and set aside. Crumble and brown ground beef in skillet and season with Italian seasoning, garlic salt, sea salt and pepper to taste. In a large mixing bowl combine the cooked rice, seasoned ground beef, sautéed onion and cabbage, egg and crackers. Place pumpkin halves in shallow baking dish containing 1/2 inch of water to prevent pumpkin drying out. Carefully fill each pumpkin half with the rice/beef mixture and loosely cover the halves with aluminum foil. Bake in 375 degree oven for approximately 1 1/2 hours or until the pumpkin pierces easily with folk.
Traditional Halloween Dessert Recipes
Cinnamon Toffee Pecan Cookies
This is a really easy recipe but another favorite.
1 18 oz. Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookie roll
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C. chopped pecans
1/2 C. toffee bits
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, break up cookie dough. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla, and mix well. Add pecans and toffee bits; mix well. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 3 inches apart onto sprayed cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 11-14 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheets.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Halloween Snack Recipes
Candied Apples For Halloween
This is a fun, seasonal recipe that the whole family can enjoy! If they are old enough to be careful, let the kids help dip the apples into the coating.
1 1/2 C. sugar
2 tsp. vinegar
1 package cherry Kool-aid
Mix sugar, vinegar and water. Boil until mixture reaches 300-degrees; cool. Stir in Kool-Aid. Put apples on sticks and
dip into mixture quickly. 10 Servings.
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