Its that time of year again! Halloween! This particular holiday is a favorite of mine. I’ve got cherished memories of family and friends coming over for my mom’s white chicken chili over elbow pasta. My mother would scour the grocery store for ingredients (finding green chiles in Michigan in October is no joke) and spend hours letting it simmer away. It was and is one of my favorite traditions.
Then there was trick or treating and getting WAY too excited over regular size candy bars (We always ran to Mrs. Frank’s to grab a full-size twix or snickers!). The annual candy counting to see which neighborhood kid scored the most loot (raisins and pennies didn’t count) while Scooby Doo movies played on tv. My family and friends made Halloween a vivid and happy time full of fun. So Here’s some of my favorite Halloween recipes around the web, some are quick and easy while others are a little more involved.
Quick Note: None of these photos are taken by me, nor are they my property and if you click on the photo, original site’s name or recipe name they’ll lead you to the site of origin and full recipe. Enjoy!
Quick and Easy:
Food 52: White Chocolate Spider Webs
Food 52‘s brilliant Anna Hezel has come up with a stunningly clever and simple piece of Halloween food decor, and all it takes is 1/4 cup of white chocolate chips. I love her ingenuity and the effect, though simple, is stunning and and I intend to use them to embellish some spooky cupcakes this year. MMMM Delicious and just a tiny bit creepy. Perfect!
Etsy: Shrunken Head Lollipops
Though these awesomely spooky shrunken heads look amazing, they are surprisingly easy to make. The hardest bit to source is this skull lollipop mold ($6 with shipping) and then with a little cinnamon and vanilla candy melts, you’re in business! You’ll find this recipe on the Etsy blog but Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes has made even more options for your Halloween cravings. Try out her Voodoo doll cookies!
Not Martha: Trick or Treat Cookies
Megan over at Not Martha and perhaps even these cookies have appeared on my blog before. She has some of the most amazing Halloween recipes I have ever seen, there’s the Zombie Head Cheese, Tentacle Pot Pies and of course the amazingly realistic severed and oven roasted Meat Hand. But these special cookies with candy hidden inside are a little more my speed on the gross factor. They do require more time and preparation but I think they’re well worth the effort. Especially if there are little ones in your life. It is important to note that you don’t bake the cookies with the candy in them… Don’t worry she gives very detailed instructions!
Take a Megabite is a new blog on my list and is chock-full of fun flavor combinations and this recipe is no exception. If you’re looking for a Halloween recipe that’s rich and packs a punch, look no further! She’s also got some gorgeous Holiday recipes well worth taking a look at for the upcoming November/December festivities!
White Chicken Chili
Now in case you want to try my mother’s White Chicken Chili recipe, I’ve actually already put it on the web at Powers Distributing with suggested Beer Pairings (Powers actually has a whole website of recipes and beer pairings). But I’ve posted the same version here as well **It really is delicious over elbow pasta or spaghetti as is tradition with white chili**
- 1 large jar of (16oz) Great Northern White Beans (cooked)
- 4 cups of chopped, cooked Chicken Breast
- 1 TBSP Olive Oil
- 4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
- 2 tsp browned cumin
- ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 8 oz of canned, chopped, mild green chiles
- 1 ½ tsp dried oregano
- 3 cans of chicken broth
- Box of Elbow Pasta
- 3 cups grated Monterey Jack Cheese Sour Cream as Garnish
- Put chicken (cooked) and olive oil in large frying pan, add onions and sauté until onions are translucent.
- Put chicken and onions in a stock pan. Add garlic, Cumin, cayenne, chiles and oregano sauté for two minutes. Add beans and broth and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer and serve when good consistency. Add 1 cup of the cheese
- Boil water for Pasta (when chili is at boil), cook and strain elbow pasta
- To assemble: ½ cup pasta, chili, then sprinkle with cheese and add sour cream.
Looking to Have a Party?
Brit and Co, a new favorite site of mine, and the host of the awesome maker festival Re:Make, is serving up some fabulous Halloween Party Kits. Whether the kits are your style or you’re just looking for inspiration, they’ve got some great ideas. Whether your theme is classic, glow-in-the-dark, Dia de los Muertos (my favorite!) or creepy, they’ve got you covered! And if you’re still figuring out your costume, check these out.