Mirtha's Halloween Recipes

Addams Family Hallowe'en
Dinner Party Menu
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Devilled Eyeballs     Brain Soup
Hungarian Ghoulash
Fettucini Afraido     Dreaded Veal Cutlets
Cup of Worms     Graveyard Cake
Candied Spiders     Swamp Punch

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Devilled Eyeballs

Hardboil eggs and cut them in half lengthwise.  Scoop out the yolk.  In the cavity, put some cream cheese and top it off with an olive making sure the red pimento end is sticking out to resemble the pupil.  If you want it bloodshot, take a toothpick and dip it into red food coloring and squiggle in some lines.

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Brain Soup

Just add some green food coloring or even a heaping handful of spinach to your favorite soup stock while itís cooking.  Add the dumplings or egg noodles which will take on the green coloring too.

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Hungarian Ghoulash

o good beef - preferably sirloin, or a mix of beef and pork - cut into bite-sized cubes:  for every pound of meat
o one large onion, minced
o 4 cloves garlic minced
1/2 green pepper chopped
o 1/2 red pepper chopped
o chopped parsley
o 1-2 tablespoons of Hungarian Paprika
o 1 tablespoon tomato paste
o salt and pepper to taste
o olive oil
o 4 large potatoes cubed to same size as the meat cubes
o same amount of carrots cubed to same size as potatoes
o water or soup stock to cover

Saute the onion, peppers and garlic in the oil until heated through, then add the cubed meat and "sweat" until the outside of the meat changes color (don't brown) and moisture comes out of the meat and vegetables.  Add the paprika and mix in - it should be a deep dark red.  Add the tomato paste and water or stock to barely cover.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add potatoes and carrots.  Let simmer on low heat, covered, until vegetables are tender.  Add parsley, salt and pepper to taste.  Add more stock if you like a thinner consistency.  The consistency should be half way between a soup and a stew.  Serve in bowls with lots of fresh, crusty bread for dipping.

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Fettucini Afraido

Use your favorite pasta sauce recipe - adding some red food coloring to ensure a deep red color rather than the orangey brown shade they usually turn.  Add dark-toned wild mushrooms, sauteed in a bit of olive oil so they retain their color before adding to the sauce.  Ladle over green spinach fettucine or "vermincelli".

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Dreaded Veal Cutlets

A few days in advance of your dinner party, pour  a generous amount of cornflake crumbs into a bowl.  Sprinkle with green food coloring and toss.  Repeat until all the crumbs have been tinted green.  Spread on a cookie sheet to dry thoroughly (can use a 200 degree oven to hasten drying).  On the day of the party, marinate the veal cutlets for about 2 hours in lots of red food coloring, with a dash of lemon juice, minced garlic, paprika and cracked pepper.  This will stain them a lovely red.  Drain and flour with spiced flour (pepper, paprika, garlic, parsely, etc. added to flour).  Dip in beaten egg and then into the green cornflake crumbs.  Fry quickly in hot oil (canola, sunflower or peanut oil - olive oil will burn on high heat).  Serve with your favorite green, red, orange and yellow vegetables.

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Graveyard Cake

Take an 8-inch flowerpot lined with plastic wrap (or any other container). Mix together 3 (3 Ĺ oz) pkgs. French vanilla instant pudding and 4 cups milk. Blend 2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, 1 stick margarine, and 1 cup powdered sugar. Combine these two mixtures and add 1 (16 oz.) tub of whipped topping. Crush Ĺ lb. Oreo cookies in a blender. Layer the pudding mixture and cookie mixture 3 times in the flower pot, starting and ending with the cookie mixture. Add some gummi worms as you go. Top with assorted bugs, ghouls and goblins.  Refrigerate until needed.

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Cup of Worms

chocolate pudding
o gummy worms

Place chocolate pudding into dessert cups, drop in gummy worms.

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Candied Spiders

1 pkg.chocolate chips
o 1 pkg. chow mein noodles 
o 1 pkg m&m candies
o maybe 2-4 tablespoons of water depending on how thick you want your chocolate    

Melt chocolate chips.  Stir in chow mein noodles.  Drop by spoonful on sheet of waxed
paper or parchment paper.  Add m&m for eyes.

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Swamp Punch

Mix together cranberry juice, frozen orange juice (with pulp), gingerale, and some green and blue food coloring to make it an extremely disgusting grey color.  Ice cubes with dimestore insects frozen into them are a nice touch.

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