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17 Sep

Treat Your Guests to Tricky Halloween Recipes













The first and most important element to Halloween is the décor! 
Start with a dark-colored table cloth and dim lighting to set the mood.
Add amber-tinted china and glassware for an elegant but spooky feel. You can find great serving pieces like these skull bowls at any home décor store. Wrap your guest’s napkins in black bows or twine for a true harvest feel. Light some candles and pour some sparkling cider. You can decorate your table with frightening stylish flair and add some classic Halloween decorations, like pumpkins, cobwebs and spiders, oh my!
Halloween presents a challenge, as I want the food to taste as good as always while taking creativity with color many steps further…
Beetlejuice Striped Ravioli with Bloody Pomodoro Sauce
This short plate is fun, shocking, tasty and versatile and you can use a variety of sauces. In this case the tomato sauce was the bloody backdrop for some zany looking ravioli. The ravioli was custom made by our pasta supplier. I wanted something black minus the taste of squid ink. They suggested the stripe and the rest is history. Remember Beetlejuice and his black and white striped outfit?
Top off this dish with some micro-basil and shaved Parmesan.
Beet Risotto with Shrimp Witches Fingers
Start with a traditional risotto including onions, garlic, white wine, seafood stock, butter and cream. When you are three-quarters of the way through, add shredded raw beets. The dish will become red and scary looking. The more beets, the redder it gets, so go to town! Peel and de-vein a batch of U–10 shrimp leaving the tail on. Use a metal skewer and run it from head to tail and curve it like a finger.  Do this five times and you have a hand. Place your fingers in a bowl with chili powder, orange zest, fresh basil, salt and pepper and olive oil. Bake in the oven or on the grill until completely cooked and then remove the skewers. Place the hot risotto in a fun festive bowl - we used a pumpkin crock. Arrange your five fingers coming out of the bowl like a hand. 
Drizzle the plate with some beet juice so the blood looks fresh. Yikes!
Butternut Squash Soup – Halloween Style
Butternut squash soup begins with roasting your squash with butter and brown sugar. Sweat some onions in a sauté pan and add the roasted squash along with vegetarian stock, cinnamon and a pinch of allspice. Puree it and garnish it with cream. 
The savory flan consists of pureed pumpkin and curry and is poured into small 2-oz aluminum containers to bake. Remove them from the oven and flip them over and place one in each of the bowls you will be serving in. 
Using a savory tuille batter, bake off shapes of legs, arms, hands and feet to sprinkle over the flan in the bottom of the bowl. 
When your guests are seated, have the Dracula-inspired wait staff flood the room and pour each person’s soup into the bowl. Your guests will be chilled to the bone and will marvel at the spookiest soup ever served.
Spooky Mac & Cheese Muffins
These mini-muffins are a great way to get kids into the Halloween spirit and they’re super easy to make! Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together bread crumbs, olive oil and salt for a crispy topping and set aside. Boil a pot of water and add mini-elbow macaroni and cook for about 8 minutes, al dente! After draining the macaroni, stir in butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated. Save ½ cup of sharp Cheddar cheese and stir the remaining Cheddar, milk and mozzarella cheese into the pasta. Spoon the mac & cheese into a greased muffin tin. Sprinkle the reserved cheese and the bread crumb mixture over the tops. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees so the tops get browned and crispy. 
Add mini-spiders to the tops and serve! 
Cheesecake Lady Apples
Lady Apples usually show up in the fall - they parade in and they parade out. That’s why I love to have a true HHHH   alloween field day with them. Core them and fill with a pad of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 8–10 minutes - until they are just getting soft. Pour off the liquid inside of apples. Pipe baked cheesecake into the apples. Return them to the oven for another 8–10 minutes and marry the flavors together. 
Let cool fully and serve with a fun ghoulish toothpick in each one.
Witches Finger Cookies
Beat butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl, gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt, continually beating; refrigerate 20 to 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly grease baking sheets. Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop one heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut into the dough with a sharp knife at the same points to help give a more finger-like appearance. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are slightly golden in color, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the almond from the end of each cookie; squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel into the cavity; replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.
Appetizing, don’t you think?
Andrea Correale, president of Elegant Affairs is considered a celebrity caterer, event planner and entertaining expert. She has been featured in numerous magazines and television programs such as US magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, Oprah.com, VH-1 Fabulous Life, New York Housewives, and Martha Stewart Living. L’Oreal Paris Academy calls her their lifestyle expert as she inspires women across the country with a series of “how to” videos.

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