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Two Quick Halloween Appetizers

by Nick

With only two days until Halloween, you might be looking for something quick to do. And in that regard, I’ve kind of let you down as a food blogger. I’ve posted about homemade gummy worms which most people decided were way to complicated to actually make – although I thought they might be a fun craft project. And I posted a pumpkin spice cupcake recipe that wasn’t hard, but wasn’t fast either.

So this post is all about quick stuff you can throw together 15 minutes before the party. Both of these appetizers are cheese-involved because cheese is a great way to bring some quick flavor to an appetizer dish.

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Ingredients

  • Mozzarella Eyeballs
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella balls (you can find this in the deli section normally)
  • 1/2 Cup Kalamata or black olives, sliced
  • 1 Jar roasted red peppers
  • Toothpicks
  • Putrefied Cheese Log (Adapted from Martha Stewart. I know her recipe is called "Petrified" but Putrefied is a much better Halloween name in my opinion.)
  • 5 ounces Blue Cheese (honestly you could use any cheese you wanted here I think. Just grate it up if it isn't crumbly.)
  • 5 ounces cream cheese
  • Blue and/or green food coloring (just a few drops)
  • 1/3 Cup Sesame seeds. Black work best, but are also hard to find. I just used regular and toasted them.
  • Crackers

Directions

For eyeballs:
1) Drain red peppers and then give them a spin in a food processor.

2) Cut your olives into slices.

3) Cut a little divet out of each mozz ball so olive fits snugly on top.

4) Put eyeballs together and secure each olive with a toothpick.

For cheese log:
1) Combine blue cheese and cream cheese in a bowl and mush it all together with a fork.

2) Once it is all combined well, then add a few drops of food coloring and work it through the cheeses.

3) Then scoop cheese mixture out onto some plastic wrap. Gently fold the plastic wrap over and roll the cheese into a log. Try to compress the cheese really well so it forms a solid log. Sometimes it helps to twirl the ends around which tightens the plastic wrap around the cheese log.

4) Let this sit in the fridge for a few minutes just to firm up.

5) Meanwhile, toast sesame seeds (if you want) over high heat in a dry pan. They should take about 10 minutes to toast up nicely.

6) Let your sesame seeds cool after toasting and then just roll your cheese long in them and press to down so they stick to the outsides.

7) Serve it with crackers!

Mozzarella Eyeballs

This is a really simple dish that you can make in about 15 minutes. In dark lighting it kind of resembles a bloody dish of eyeballs. Always a crowd pleaser.

You can probably see where I’m going with this. First, drain your red peppers and then give them a spin in a food processor. Heck, if you are really in a rush, you could just use tomato sauce here people.

Quick and easy sauce.

Quick and easy sauce.

Next, cut your olives into slices. Is this even a recipe?

I used kalamata because I'm fancy like that.

I used kalamata because I'm fancy like that.

The only tricky part about this, and I’m pretty sure it is optional, is to cut a little divet out of each mozz ball so your olive fits snugly on top.

Make a little divet for the olive.

Make a little divet for the olive.

Then put your eyeballs together and secure each olive with a toothpick! If I were to make this again, I think I would serve it in a shallow bowl rather than a plate so the sauce would cover more of the eyeballs.

Easy and quite tasty actually.

Easy and quite tasty actually.

These are pretty classic flavors that go really well together so it’s a surefire win for an appetizer.

Putrefied Cheese Log

This is kind of an odd one, but basically it’s a flavorful cheese spread formed into a log and coated with sesame seeds which somewhat resemble maggots I guess. I will say that it’s very tasty. Especially if you are a blue cheese lover like me.

Can't go wrong with blue cheese!

Can't go wrong with blue cheese!

Just combine your blue cheese and cream cheese in a bowl and mush it all together with a fork. Once it is all combined well, then add a few drops of food coloring and work it through the cheeses. I think I added a bit too much green, but you get the idea.

Then scoop your cheese mixture out onto some plastic wrap.

Looks Gross but that's the point.

Looks Gross but that's the point.

Gently fold the plastic wrap over and roll the cheese into a log. Try to compress the cheese really well so it forms a solid log. Sometimes it helps to twirl the ends around which tightens the plastic wrap around the cheese log.

If you’ve ever made compound butter, it’s the same idea.

Kind of like making compound butter.

Kind of like making compound butter.

Let this sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes just to firm up. Meanwhile, you can toast your sesame seeds (if you want) over high heat in a dry pan. They should take about 10 minutes to toast up nicely. Toasting sesame seeds is not as finicky as pine nuts or something with a lot of oil in them.

Let your sesame seeds cool after toasting and then just roll your cheese long in them and press to down so they stick to the outsides. Serve it with crackers!

Maggots!?

Maggots!?

Mine kind of looks more psychedelic than putrefied, but whatever. It’s pretty darn delicious. The sesame seeds make it in my opinion.

Totally gross dude.

Totally gross dude.

The best thing about going to a Halloween party (or hosting one) is seeing lots of little appetizer dishes all around that you can sample throughout the night.

You could make both of these dishes in under an hour and they would be pretty well received at any party.

Have any other quick appetizers? They don’t have to be Halloween specific, but if you do, leave a comment!

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13 comments on “Two Quick Halloween Appetizers

  1. I've been reading your blog for a while and enjoy every post–including the more time-consuming/crafty recipes. In fact, it's one of the very few food blogs that's held my attention for more than a month. I thought the gummy worms were a great idea! Sure, maybe not something I could throw together after work, but a fun way to spend a Saturday. Keep it up-your posts are brilliant.

  2. You haven’t let anyone down! This is one of the best food blogs – Really good recipes, well written, and humorous! Keep up the good work, Nick! : )

  3. RU feelin' the love!? There is no way in you-know-what I'd ever attempt those worms, but the idea is very clever – I was just telling a friend about that post yesterday. She and her husband are having a bunch of people (w/their kids) over on Sat. afternoon, and I might just have to make that putrefied log. They are very into Halloween so it'd be perfect & festive (unlike the quiche I'm bringing, although it'll have spinach, so it'll be somewhat green, too)!

  4. So I’m dying to make the cheese log this weekend, but my (apparently insane) boyfriend doesn’t like blue cheese. Any recommendations on the other cheeses you think might work here?

  5. The appetizers are looking great, perfect for the Halloween. This is one of the best recipe we can have for Halloween since it’s appearance are really good and perfect for Halloween. I’m sure, the children will love it too.

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