I’m not big on holidays, and neither is Ron…except for Halloween. If we were retired millionaires, I think he would go all out with decorations and give every trick or treater that rang our doorbell 5 pounds of organic dark chocolate covered pistachios.
So when I told him that I wanted to do something to send to Matt and Stacy of Paleo Parents for their Halloween Recipe Round-up, he was afraid I was going to submit my Creepy Creature of the Sea Soup from last year:
|The only recipe of mine on Tastespotting!!|
In my job as chief debugger (nice pun eh!?) at Chowstalker, I occasionally play with the live site and follow the odd link. One from Jan’s Sushi Bar caught my attention because it looked like a very large real bug of some kind.
I have never eaten a bug or grub or worm on purpose, (I can’t say that for Patty), but I hear that they are very nutritious. We may eventually have a recipe category for that. Until then, why not have some fun and make individual servings of nutritionally dense sweet potatoes that look revolting and cute at the same time. The following is an experiment I did for Halloween, making four different kinds of “bugs”. There was a savory version with garlic butter and Brussels sprouts or asparagus for legs, and a sweet version with honey butter and crispy apple slices or banana spears for legs. Of course this recipe would be simpler if you decide to make just one kind instead of four like me.
2 Tablespoons cream cheese
2 garlic cloves (finely minced)
2 Tablespoons honey
(The picture shows a small knife, but I used a very large knife to make the cuts)
While they are baking, get all the other body parts ready:
Add the honey to one of the butter pans. Add the minced garlic to the other butter pan. Prepare and set out all the little parts to arrange on each plate just before serving. Cut up or fold the pepperoni and cheese slices to sizes that will fit into the potato cuts. Get the cream cheese handy. Cut the apple and banana pieces and have them ready to arrange as legs. When the potatoes are 99% done, steam your Brussels sprouts and asparagus.
Here’s the final cast of characters:
PS: Obviously I’m not a great food stylist and in retrospect, these “arrangements” look like a preschooler did them. But that brings up another idea, you can either surprise your guests (or kids) with a realistic creepy presentation that you slaved over, or just set out all the body part options (after baking) and turn the event into “edible art class”. The potatoes would probably get cold but you can always stick them back in the oven for a few minutes.