Monday, October 29, 2012

Happy Halloweener Bites & “Candy Corn” Veggie Platter

Are you hosting or attending any spooktacular parties on Wednesday? If so, here are a couple of quick and easy Pinterest-inspired ideas for appetizers or snacks for your Halloween festivities.

Happy Halloweener Bites
Makes 24 mini corndogs
1 package of cornbread mix (I used Marie Callender’s just-add-water mix)
Red and yellow food coloring
Olive oil spray
1 package of turkey hotdogs (I used Jenny-O)
Plastic spiders (optional)
Toothpicks (optional)
Preheat oven to temperature indicated on cornbread package. (Typically 400 degrees.)
Prepare cornbread batter as directed. (I used a brand that just called for water but some ask for eggs, oil, butter, etc.) Use red and yellow food coloring to achieve the desired shade of orange. (This step is optional…you can leave the batter alone and just have little mini-corndog muffins if you prefer. The orange is just more festive.) Lightly spray the mini muffin tin with olive oil spray (makes them SOOOOO much easier to remove!). Pour batter into mini muffin pan filling each section almost to the top. Cut hotdogs into one-inch pieces and insert one into each muffin. (Cutting the ends flat will help them stand up in the middle of the muffin even though the batter is runny.) Bake according to package directions. (I did 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.)
Remove from oven and allow them to cool a little before handling. Place Happy Halloweener Bites on a platter, insert a toothpick through the middle of each one for easy serving, sprinkle with plastic spiders (if desired), and serve with ketchup and mustard.
“Candy Corn” Veggie Platter
1 small pumpkin
Hummus or ranch dip (I used Trader Joe’s Mediterranean hummus)
Baby carrots
Yellow bell peppers
Slice the top off of the pumpkin. Scoop the goop and seeds out of the gourd and off the “lid” of the pumpkin. Pour hummus or ranch dip into the hollowed-out pumpkin and use as a serving dish. Chop vegetables into bite-sized pieces. If you have a triangular platter use it. If not, you can just arrange the veggies in a triangle shape. Cauliflower goes on top, carrots in the middle, and bell peppers at the bottom. Easy peasy and healthy to boot!
I made these appetizers for a Halloween/Fall Pinterest party hosted by my friend Lauren earlier this month. They were fun, festive, and I received compliments on taste and presentation. In addition, they are both really easy to make and totally kid-friendly.
I’ll post another healthy dinner entrée later this week but in the meantime, enjoy these fun little snacks and have a safe and happy Halloween!
Until next time,

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