One of the best things about cooking for a Halloween party is the creative freedom–it’s all about having fun! Let’s face it…no Halloween party is complete without some wacky, creepy dishes to give your guests a laugh or a spook. From fall-inspired salads to ghost-shaped sweets, we are absolutely loving these recipes from Casey Easton of Food Lab and we know you’ll love them, too. Happy Hosting!
Roasted Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Salad
This opposite-of-candy salad has great fall colors and helps offset all of the candy you will eat!
1 sweet potato, diced
1/2 cup farro or other grain, cooked
1/2 cup currants
4 oz goat cheese
6 cups greens
2 sprigs thyme
2 TBSP olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
Toss diced potato in oil and salt and roast in your oven until browning. Place oil in bowl and whisk in lemon, pepper, salt and thyme. Fold in greens, cooled sweet potato and farro, then top with currants and goat cheese. Serve and enjoy!
Halloween Rice Krispies Treats
6 cups puffed rice
3 TBSP butter
5 cups marshmallows
1 cup Reese’s pieces
Melt butter and marshmallow in a pan and add Rice Krispies. Fold in Reese’s and lay out in a pan to chill. Cut out fun shapes with Halloween cookie cutters and add eyes and fun candy!
Olive Tapenade with Ghost Bread
Whip up some tapenade, toast some bread and use a fun ghost cookie cutter to make the bread spooky!
½ cup Niçoise olives, pitted
½ cup small green French olives (Picholine), pitted
1 sun dried tomatoes , drained
½ TBSP capers
1 small garlic clove
1 anchovy fillet
2 TBSP fresh herbs like basil, parsley, chervil, tarragon, oregano…
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Flat bread or thin slices of bread for serving
Blend all ingredients in a food processor or hand blender until you have a still textured chunky dip.
Toast bread in oven with a tad of olive oil and salt, remove and use cookie cutter to make fun shapes. Serve.