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Dash of Class: Ghoulish grub for Halloween

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Food column by Nora Sweat

By Nora Sweat

Halloween is almost upon us and I know many of you are thinking about what type of treats you can give away or have for a Halloween get-together.

The ideas seem endless and I’ve selected a variety to share. There is Halloween Cheese Pizza with Halloween cheese cutouts, Eyeball Tacos, Spider Web Brownies and a punch with gummy worms in an ice ring. I hope you treat some little ghouls with some spooky food. Happy Halloween.

Halloween Cheese Pizza

1 ½ cups biscuit mix

1/3 cup very hot water

½ cup pizza sauce

2 cups shredded

mozzarella cheese

(8 oz)

½ teaspoon Italian

seasoning

5 slices (3/4 oz) process American cheese

Move oven rack to lowest position. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease 12-inch pizza pan. Mix biscuit mix and very hot water until soft dough forms. Press dough in pizza pan, using fingers dipped in biscuit mix; pinch edge to form 1/2-inch rim. Bake 10 minutes.

Spread pizza sauce over crust. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese is bubbly. Cut American cheese with cookie cutters in Halloween shapes. Place cheese shapes on pizza just before serving. Makes 8 servings

SOURCE: www.bettycrocker.com

Spooky Eyeball Tacos

1 pound ground beef

1 package taco

seasoning mix

12 crunchy taco shells

¾ cup thick and chunky salsa

¾ cup sour cream

1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced black olives, drained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix meat and seasoning mix; shape into 36 1-inch balls. Place in 15-by-10-by-1-inch pan. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until done. Fill each taco shell with 1 meatball; drizzle with salsa. Top with 2 meatballs dipped in sour cream. Garnish with olives to resemble eyeballs.

Source: www.kraft.com

Spider Web Brownies

1 cup butter

2 1/4 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 1/4 cups cocoa

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups chocolate chips

1 teaspoon baking

powder

1 teaspoon espresso powder

1 tablespoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Lightly grease a round baking pan. Melt butter in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, then add sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the microwave briefly, just until it’s hot but not bubbling; it’ll become shiny as you stir it. Heating the mixture a second time dissolves more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

While the sugar heats a second time, crack 4 eggs into a bowl and beat them with the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder and vanilla until smooth. Add the hot butter/sugar mixture, stirring until smooth. Add flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.

Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9-by-13-inch pan. (To make brownies with a spider-web decoration, see instructions below before baking.) Bake for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked. Remove from oven and cool on a rack before cutting and serving.

Spider Web Topping

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 large egg yolk

1 teaspoon mint flavoring (optional)

Combine cream cheese, sugar and flour in a small bowl and mix until smooth. Add egg yolk and flavoring (if using), mixing until smooth once again. Transfer mixture to a disposable pastry bag and cut tip off the end. Place a small pool of the mixture in the center of the brownie batter. Draw circles around this pool, about one inch apart, moving out from the center each time. Once the circles are drawn, take a table knife, wet the tip and draw it back and forth through the circles. The knife will draw the cream cheese filling into arcs. Use the remaining filling to trace the path where the knife traveled to create the spokes of the web. Bake the brownies at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until the brownies just barely pull away from the edge of the pan. The center will rise while baking, but will sink level once the brownies are cool. Remove from the oven and cool before cutting.

Source: www.recipelion.com

Magic Potion with Creepy Crawler Ice Ring

1 cup boiling water

2 packages (4-serving size each) lime

flavored gelatin

3 cups cold water

1 1/2 cups carbonated lemon-lime beverage, chilled

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup gummy worms

Pour boiling water over gelatin in heatproof punch bowl; stir until gelatin dissolves. Stir in cold water. Add carbonated lemon-lime beverage and sugar; stir well (mixture will foam for several minutes).

For ice ring, arrange gummy worms in bottom of 5-cup ring mold. Fill mold with thirst quencher beverage. Freeze until solid, eight hours or overnight.

Unmold ice ring by dipping bottom of mold briefly into hot water. Float ice ring in punch.

Serve cups of punch garnished with additional gummy worms, if desired. Makes 10 8-ounce servings.

SOURCE: www.recipelion.com

Nora Sweat, author of “Mama and Me,” is a native of Hardin County and a retired home economics/family and consumer science teacher. She can be reached at norasweat@thenewsenterprise.com or by mail at 408 W. Dixie Ave., Elizabethtown, KY 42701.