All eyes are on my Halloween finger food buffet!
As you regulars to my blog probably know by now I love Halloween and especially making up all sorts of ghoulish Halloween finger food and drinks to entertain my guests. I always have a Halloween party, it’s something I haven’t got over from my time living in the US where Halloween is a really big deal. I love America and the American people. They just really know how to live and have a good time. Anyway enough reminiscing, I’ve sorted my canape recipes for this year and shared them with you. I’ve also given you some great recipes for chutney and marmalade to get rid of all that excess pumpkin flesh. So now it’s down to what I’m going to serve up as the main event!
Now I’m not going to have a sit down affair this year, just a simple buffet. So I want to put together some really fun Halloween finger food. I’m going to do the great American classic Sloppy Joe’s in a bun as the major food item and I don’t think I’ll waste my time with a special Halloween recipe for that here. There are so many great recipes out there just look on the Internet and you’ll be swamped with them. I will share with you though, two really quick and simple ideas that look quite revolting as is befitting of Halloween finger food, but taste absolutely fantastic.
Dead Witches Fingers – The ultimate Halloween finger food!
Designed to look like witches fingers; as Halloween finger food goes they make the perfect pun! What’s more they are delicious, healthy and really easy to whip up. They will literally take you only half an hour to prepare. They look amazing as you can see and they are surprisingly filling so you wont need to make too many. Three per person should be plenty. A quick tip here – when you buy the sweet potatoes try and get the long thin ones.
- Sweet Potatoes (1 potato makes 4 fingers)
- Pitted Black Olives
- Grated Cheese
- Tomato Puree
So, to make your fingers:
- Heat the oven heating up to 350F (180C or Gas 5)
- Scrub the potatoes and slice each into 4 wedges. Use your imagination and try to cut them as finger shaped as possible.
- Lay them out on a large oiled baking tray, brush over some olive oil and season before roasting for 20 minutes or until they go soft. Keep an eye on them, they don’t want to go to mush.
- Once the potatoes are tender, slice a black olive in half long ways, dab it dry with kitchen towel and stick to the end of the “finger” with a blob of tomato puree so as it looks like a blooded black finger nail.
- Spread a little grated cheese along the fingers and place under the grill for a few minutes to let the cheese melt.
Hey presto dead witches fingers complete with black nails and running with yellow bubbling pus!! Gross I hear you cry well just taste them they are absolutely delicious. The tartness of the olive and tomato puree really off sets the sweetness of the potato to give one of the tastiest Halloween finger food I know. If you season with plenty of sea salt before you cook them you will find you can’t leave them alone!!
Devilish Dip – Halloween finger food on the move
This recipe makes a great centrepiece for a buffet or can just as easily be carried around on a tray. The ‘cauldron’ can be a round bread, any one will do but brown adds a more authentic look. It needs to be hollowed out to make way for the dip. If you’re like me though you’ll get yourself a real miniature cauldron to put it in.
For the spicy dip, you’ll need:
- 3 avocados
- 2 chopped plum tomatoes
- 2 tbsps of chopped red onion
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ tsp of chilli sauce
- Salt to season
Mash the flesh of the avocado before stirring in the tomatoes, onion, lime juice, chilli sauce and salt. Pile into your cauldron and surround with fresh vegetables such as carrots, peppers, celery, raw cauliflower or even some breadsticks ready for your guests to dip in. Make sure you mash the avocado quite lightly and chop the tomatoes and onions fairly coarsely. This gives the look of a real witches brew, eye of toad, wing of bat and all that good stuff. Just before you serve it pop a green glow stick and a cube or two of dry ice in, if you get some for the occasion. It gives an amazing effect to Halloween finger food like this, but do make sure the dry ice has gone before the guests tuck in, so as some joker doesn’t eat it by accident!
Now just one final word for this year. As some of you might know I have been spending the last year setting up an online flower shop. Yes that’s right, you heard right, and there is no one more surprised than me how these things turn out. However, the point of mentioning it is, that we are having a Halloween Flowers Sale with all our ghoulish looking flowers at 10% discount. So take a look by clicking on the link and for a few quid you can really liven up your party with some fantastic Halloween flora.