They’re ghoulishly good!
here are 3 of my favourite Halloween snacks:
- Tim’s sensational sticky ribs
- Mummy meatballs
- Mummy brie
Because you don’t want to make Halloween a complicated evening.
Halloween has become quite a big event these days.
It’s either scary, kids dressed up looking for sweets at every neighbour’s door.
Or a good excuse for adults to dig around in the dress-up box.
And have a few drinks and a bit of a rave.
No matter what your Halloween evening is going to be.
I suggest simplicity on the food front.
You can kick things off with ‘cheats lasagne’ before you start with the festivities.
And then pull out these snacks later to get you through the evening.
They’re simple, tasty… and mummified!
3 favourite Halloween snacks
1. Tim’s sensational sticky ribs
- SERVES: 4 – 6
- PREP TIME: 10 mins
- COOKING TIME: 2-3 hrs slow cooking
- DIFFICULTY: easy
- IDEAL FOR: family, crowds, New Year party, Halloween, Bonfire night
- BUDGET: £
Everyone loves sticky ribs!
They’re a delicious treat and perfect for Halloween.
And Tim’s recipe is a winner in our family.
But you’ll need to be prepared to get very messy and sticky.
Tim’s sensational sticky ribs recipe
- 2 racks of pork ribs
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 bottles of Hoison sauce
- 4 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- 2 tbsp chilli flakes (or to your own taste)
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- 1 cup water
Cooking the ribs
- In a roasting dish, add your ribs and /2 cup water (or enough to cover the bottom of the dish with water i.e. to create steam)Add in the chopped onion and bay leaf and cook on 100C for 3 hours to make tender
- Once the ribs are nice and tender, take out while you make the glaze.
- In a bowl mix all the glaze ingredients and then using a spoon or brush, cover liberally both sides of the cooked ribs.
- Pop back into the oven, turn up to 180C and cook for approx 30 mins or until they look lovely and sticky.
- Serve with lots of napkins! And a fresh tomato salad.
2. Mummy meatballs
PREP TIME: 5 – 10 mins
IDEAL FOR: Halloween
These little monsters are just a bit of tasty fun.
Give them a whirl and make your friends and family smile.
- 500 g mince
- 1 onion, chopped
- handful of breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- chopped parsley
- 1 tsp Herb de Provence
- 1 tsp chill flakes
- salt and papper to season
- 200 g puff pastry
- Enhlish musrard for decorating
- Preheat oven to 200°. Line a large, baking sheet with grease-proof paper.
- In a large bowl, add beef, onion, breadcrumbs/panko, garlic, parsley, dried herbs, chilli flakes, egg and season generously.Mix ingredients together until well combined, then shape into 1” balls. Place onto baking sheet and set aside.
- Roll your pyff pastry so it can be cut into long thin strips.Then, wrap around meatballs to look mummy-like and leaving a gap for the eyes (made from mustard).Now, wash the pastry with egg wash and bake until meatballs are cooked through and pastry is golden – approx 15 minutes. (*Cover with foil if the puff pastry starts to get too dark).Make two mustard dots for eyes on each mummy meatball and serve.
3. Mummy brie
Ok, there’s a theme here with the ‘mummy’.
But I think it’s a good one especially because it’s simple and effective.
Which make up my two favourite cooking requirements… oh and of course, tasty.
- All-purpose flour, for surface
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 wheel of brie or camembert
- 1 large egg
- 1 tbsp milk
- 2 sliced black olives
- 2 mini pepperoni or sliced red pepper
- Preheat oven to 200°. Roll the puff pastry out 2.5cm strips Wrap strips around cheese like a mummy.
- Brush over the pastry with an egg wash.Place the cheese on a baking sheet on a baking tray and bake until nice and gooey and the puff pastry is golden – approx. 10 mins.
- For eyes, place a couple of peppercorns or black olives.Serve with fresh crusty bread.
Here are a few interesting facts about Halloween you can share with family and friends.
The name, Halloween
Not the scary film but the celebration.
In the eighth century, the Christian celebration, All Saints Day, the evening before Nov 1st, was called All Hallows Eve.
Which then later became Halloween.
Originating from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in) some 2000 years ago.
The Celts (mainly from Ireland, UK and Northern France) marked October 31st as the end of summer and the harvest.
And the beginning of the dark, cold winter, which they associated with death.
So, the Druids (Celtic priests) built bonfires and the Celtic people wore costumes to ward off ghosts.
They sacrificed animals to the Celtic deities.
All in the hope that they were safe through the winter months and to help the Druids predict their future.
It’s a little less intense than that now, thankfully.
We just like to dress up, have a drink with friends and eat some nice food.
So, enjoy your Halloween.