Halloween Party Snacks




Strange but good - that’s our Halloween gift to you.
You’ll love these creepy but delicious
Halloween Party Snacks and Ideas!


Potato Bugs - A little mashed potato on a little corn chip - but did we mention the “green” part...?

Crock a Maggots - Nice and slow cooked, white and slithery. Maggots, anyone?

Fish Eggs - Not sushi. Think “devil.”




Our
Potato Bugs - is Halloween Party fun made with garlic mashed potato and a bit of red.



This
Crock a Maggots adds orzo pasta to refried beans, for a scary stew that’s sure to bring a smile.



They’re
Fish Eggs, but not from the sea. But the devil is in them...




Don’t Let Our Potatoes Bug You...

These little creatures are adorable - almost too cute to eat - well, not that cute...! Besides, they taste great.



Portions/Servings

These recipes will feed 12 people, and will easily double or more. Read about Quantities and how to plan for the right amounts.


Potato Bugs Recipe Shopping List
for 12 People:

___1 - large bag of Fritos “Scoop” style corn chips.

___2 cups of mashed potatoes, from a box or scratch

___garlic powder

___small jar of small, stuffed green olives

___red food coloring



Procedure:

Two Days Before the Party:

Prep up the corn chips by sorting through them, finding the ones that will stand on their own. We plan 2-3 chips per person.


Using a clean nail file, sand off the ends so that it will have a nice, curved look.


Save the prepped chips in a zip lock bag.

The Day Before the Party:

Make the mashed potatoes according to the recipe on the box, or mash up a couple of your own. You’ll need 2 cups or so.


Add a few shakes of garlic powder to get a nice, mellow taste.


Now drop in some red food coloring, a few drops at a time. You know - like those red bugs with the big green eyes...


Cover and refrigerate overnight.


The Day of the Party:

Two hours or so before the party, take the potato out of the fridge and allow it to warm up a bit. Wait a while to begin.

An hour or so before the party, spread the potato onto the backs of the corn chips.


Carefully apply the red potato to the chips, using a little creative technique to get the bug backs looking as natural as possible.


Place a green olive in the front of each chip - and the bug comes alive!


Aren’t these cute? We’ll bet that they are the best potato bugs you’ve ever had, and even made! We place the unused chips and extra potato dip near the bugs.





A Crock Pot with Maggots - yummm...

OK - it’s Halloween. And what would this holiday be without some maggots crawling around your buffet table, right?!



Portions/Servings

These recipes will feed 12 people, and will easily double or more. Read about Quantities and how to plan for the right amounts.


Crock a Maggots Recipe Shopping List
for 12 People:

___ 1/2 - pound fresh maggots (...just kidding...)

___ 1 - pound orzo pasta

___ 4 - cans refried beans

___ 1 - can chicken stock

___ Hot sauce if you like

___ Chips or bread for dipping

Procedure:

The Day of the Party:

Follow the box directions and cook up the orzo pasta.


Open the cans of beans into a large bowl. Add enough chicken stock to get the consistency of thick stew. Include other ingredients you like, such as hot sauce, garlic, etc.





When the orzo is done cooking, run them under cold water. Then stir most of them into the beans. Pour the mixture into your crock pot, and heat on low for an hour. Top the crock with some more cooked orzo.





Don’t have a crock pot? Np - warm the mixture of beans and orzo on the stove, or in the oven, then put in your serving bowl, to with cooked orzo, and serve.





Presentation: Your Eyes Eat First






We like to put the chips or bread next to the Maggots, and place a small sign there so your guests can truly enjoy this delight...



When is a Fish Egg not a Fish Egg?

“The devil is in the details,” as they say. Nothing is more true for our Halloween Fish Eggs.

These take a little time to build - but they are worth it - fun and very good.



Portions/Servings

These recipes will feed 12 people, and will easily double or more. Follow our guidelines below, and read about Quantities how to plan for the right amounts.


Fish Eggs Recipe Shopping List

___1 - dozen jumbo eggs

___1 pound small-medium shrimp, fully cooked, tail on

___1 small jar of red pimento

___a little mayonnaise

___salt, pepper and garlic

Procedure:

The Day Before the Party:

Make sure the shrimp is thawed.

Hard boil the eggs by covering them in cold water, heating the water to a boil, cook for 2 minutes, turn off the heat, cover and wait for 20 minutes. Then run them under cold water until completely cool. FYI - this is the way we always cook hard boiled eggs.


Peel the eggs, carefully cut in half, and nip off a bit of egg on the bottom of each half so that it will not roll around.


Carefully remove the egg yokes into a mixing bowl and refrigerate.


Now the shrimp. Save any liquid from the bag of shrimp. Set aside.

Carefully pull the tails from the shrimp - you’ll need 24 tails. Try to remove the shrimp meat from inside the tail - do this with one, careful pull. Gather all the tails and refrigerate.


In your food processor or blender, grind up the shrimp meat. Use a bit of the shrimp ilquid you saved to make a thick paste.


Now combine the egg yokes with the ground-up shrimp, adding a tablespoon or two of mayo, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. We don’t like to overpower the shrimp flavor with lots of seasonings, but we do have a bottle of Frank’s Hot Sauce on the table for those who want a shake or two.


Back to the fridge to cool off for a while. We like to do these the day before, because it’s one less thing to worry about. But you can do this the day of your party if you have time.


Stuff the eggs like normal deviled eggs, nice and rounded. You’re going to have more stuffing than you need - we’ll be using the extra for a dip on your table. Refrigerate it in a bowl or bag.


Carefully cut the pimento into small pieces for the eyes and mouth. It’s up to you, but we think these fish would be smiling (because they taste so good!)


Go ahead and add the eyes and mouths. We like to use longer strips of pimento for the eyes, inserting them lengthwise (instead of making small dots and hoping they’ll stick.)


Tail time! Take some fun and make these nice - such a great time to involve the kids!


You’ll need to spread out the tail a bit for the full effect.


Presentation: Your Eyes Eat First

Shortly before your guests arrive, arrange the Fish Eggs on a serving dish.


How about some Desserts?

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