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Have a spooky treat this Halloween

By 31st October 2018Blog

Try them for yourself… if you dare!

The clocks have gone back, and the nights are creeping in. That can only mean one thing, Halloween is here! Your mini ghosts and ghouls, witches and wizards will be hungry after an evening of  scaring their friends and neighbours, but the fun doesn’t have to stop with our selection of creepy treats. The Servest chefs have pulled together a selection of their favourite spooky recipies for you to try, not only do they taste fantastic, they are a wonderful way to get children interested in cooking and getting them to try something new.

Witches Fingers

Quick and delicious treats, made with a sweet dough decorated with almonds and jam. This recipe makes up to 30 biscuits and takes only 25 minutes to bake.

Ingredients

  • 225g Butter
  • 125g Icing sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 350g Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 100g Almonds
  • Jam or red icing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 160oC/Gas mark 3 and lightly grease some baking trays.
  2. Combine the sugar, butter, egg, almond extract and vanilla extract  in a bowl. Beat together and gradually add the flour, baking powder and salt. Leave the mixture to chill  for 20-30mins.
  3. Remove the dough and take one teaspoon at a time and put it on a greaseproof paper lined baking tray. Roll it into a finger shape. Press one almond into the end of each biscuit, make it look like a long fingernail. Shape so it looks like a finger, add knuckles by cutting into the dough to give the impression of fingers. Repeat for all the dough and arrange on the baking trays.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden.
  5. Remove the almond and add a small amount of jam or red icing into the hole, then replace the almond so that it slightly oozes out.

Eyeballs and worms

A Halloween twist on a classic dish, a quick and easy meal to feed the family. Serving 4 people and taking less than an hour to make, it is the perfect freaky feast.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tsp Dried mixed herbs
  • 400g tin Tomatoes
  • 500ml Beef stock
  • 500g Spaghetti
  • 400g Beef mince
  • 1 Garlic clove, chopped
  • ½ tsp Dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion and cook gently until softened and clear. Add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes, add the dried herbs, tomatoes and stock and bring the sauce to a simmer, reduce the heat and leave while you make the meatballs.
  2. For the meatballs, mix the beef, garlic and herbs with a pinch of salt and pepper. Wet your hands and roll into 20 balls. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add some olive oil. Fry the meatballs on each side until they’re nicely brown coloured. The transfer to the saucepan containing the sauce.
  3. Once all the meatballs are in the sauce leave to simmer for another 10 minutes while you cook the spaghetti. Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions and then serve hot.

Jalapeno  Mummy Poppers

These treats are really easy to make and taste delicious. This recipe makes 20 mummies and they’re perfect for a party or just a spooky snack.

Ingredients

  • 10 Jalapeño peppers
  • 225g Cream cheese
  • 225g Cheddar cheese
  • 1 Spring onion, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 pack Croissant dough
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • Black olives, Chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200oC. Mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, spring onion and salt in a bowl until combined.
  2. Roll out the croissant dough and cut into strips with a pizza cutter, make each one about a centimetre wide.
  3. Slice the Jalapeno’s in half and remove the seeds and pith (be careful when doing this, we recommend you wear gloves). Fill each of the halves with the cheese mixture and wrap with the dough strips, leave a space for the eyes. Brush with the beaten egg and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, remove from the oven and make eyes out of a little cream cheese and a piece of black olive. Can be eaten hot or cold.

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