Spooky Halloween Party Food Part I

Spooky seven layer dip

When Mr Omnivore and I decided to host a Halloween party, I immediately started to look for party food ideas online. I wanted food that fit the Halloween theme, was vegetarian and gluten free, was made with real food, and of course, was relatively cheap to make. During the course of this research I stumbled across many amazing and creative foods people had made. I’m sad to say my food did not look quite as pretty or creative, but it did the job, filled people’s tummies and looked scary enough to fit into the theme 🙂

Spooky Seven Layer Dip

One thing I love making for parties is seven layer dip, it’s always a crowd-pleaser and is very easy to make. So I was very happy when I came across this idea to turn a normal seven layer dip spooky by piping a cobweb of sour cream on the top.

Ingredients: 3 cups Mexican beans (or 2 400g tins of refried beans), 1 1/2 cups grated tasty cheese, 1 cup salsa (I buy this but you could make your own), 1 large avocado, 2 tsp lime juice, 1/4 cup coriander (cilantro, optional), 1/2 cup sour cream, tortilla chips.

Seven layer dip

Method: If using beans, mash them up with a potato masher until smooth enough. Spread across the bottom of a wide, shallow container. Spread grated cheese on top, then top with salsa. Mash avocado in another bowl, then mix in lime juice and coriander. Carefully spread this mixture on top of the salsa.

Place sour cream into a ziploc bag, squeeze all the air out and seal the bag. Poke a small hole in the corner and pipe a cobweb shape on top of the dip (if you look at the top picture you can see I poked too large a hole first, which made really thick lines, then I put it into another bag and the hole was too small, making really thin squiggly lines). Top with a spider in the middle of the cobweb. Serve with tortilla chips for dipping.

Halloween pumpkin dip

Cheesy Pumpkin Dip

Another one of my regular party dishes is a cheesy cob loaf, that I’ve been making for parties since I was about 12. I was very happy to see a similar dip served in a hollowed-out pumpkin in one of Not Quite Nigella’s Halloween parties. This was not only Halloween-themed, it was gluten free as well! I got distracted and ended up baking it for almost three hours instead of the 1 1/2 hours I’d planned to bake it for. However, this ended up working out great because the pumpkin had softened enough to become part of the dip, but was still solid enough to hold the dip.

Cheese artichoke filling

Ingredients: 1 Jap pumpkin (1.5 – 2kg), 1 bunch of spring onions (chopped), 8 cloves garlic (minced, use fresh garlic in the recipe because garlic from a jar gives a vinegary taste), 250g (9oz) cream cheese (softened), 375g (13oz) grated tasty cheese, 1 cup sour cream, 1 400g (14oz) tin artichoke hearts (chopped roughly).

Cheesy pumpkin dip

Method: Carefully cut off the top of the pumpkin, and remove the seeds and as much flesh as possible, leaving at least 3cm (1in) around the outside. Microwave spring onions and garlic until soft. In a separate bowl mix together cream cheese, tasty cheese, and sour cream. Mix in the spring onions, garlic and artichoke hearts. Place this mixture in the pumpkin and place the top of the pumpkin back on. Wrap in foil and bake in the oven at 200C (350F) for 2-2 1/2 hours. Remove the foil and the top and bake for a further 20 minutes, until top is golden and bubbly. Serve with crackers for dipping.

Spooky spider cheese log

Black Widow Cheese Log

Another cheesy party recipe I came across was a black widow cheese log, basically a cheese dip rolled in black sesame seeds and shaped like a spider. I liked the look of it so decided to give it a go and it was yum (I was pretty sure it would be, containing butter, cream cheese and spring onions!). The party had already started by the time I took it out, so apologies for the dodgy photo.

Ingredients: 2 tbsp butter, 4 spring onions (sliced finely), 250g (9oz) cream cheese, 150g (5oz) feta cheese, black sesame seeds (I got these at the local Indian shop), black pipe-cleaners (for legs).

Method: Heat butter in a frying pan and saute spring onions over a low heat until soft. Let them cool, then place in a food processor with the cream cheese and feta cheese. Process until smooth, then chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. When you are ready to serve it, shape one third of the mixture into a ball and roll in black sesame seeds until coated. This will be the head of the spider. Repeat with the remaining 2/3 of the mixture to create the body. Assemble on a serving plate and attach pipe-cleaners for legs. Serve with crackers.

 

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Comments

  1. Looks like a lot of fun and I’m now craving some seven-layer dip. Maybe tomorrow.

  2. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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