A great Halloween meal :
1. Spaghetti with meatball eyes:
Ingredients:[*]1/2 lb. 70/30ground beef[*]1/2 lb. ground pork[*]1/2 cu minced onion[*]3 cloves minced garlic[*]1/2 cup cracker, or bread crumbs[*]1 large egg[*]1 tsp. salt[*]2 tsp. ground black pepper[*]1/4 cup grated hard Italian chees - Parmesano Regiano, Romano-Pecorino, Asiago, etc.[*]1 can sliced, ripe black olives[*]3/4 cup Creme' Fresh, or Neufchatel cheese, softened
Combine all but the Creme' Fresh/Neufchatel, and black olives together. form into 1 inch meatballs. Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Place inj 375' F. oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn over. Place back into the oven for 15 more minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool.
- 12 oz. can of tomato puree
- 12 oz. can chopped tomato
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp. dried Oregano
- 1/2 tsp. Dried Sweet Basil
- 1/4 tsp. dried Rosemary
- 1/4 tsp. dried Thyme
- 2 Bay Leaves
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
- 2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
While the meatballs are cooking, combine all ingredients in a 2 quart Dutch Oven, or large cooking pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and simmer for 20minutes. stir every ten minutes to prevent the sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pan. This sauce should be watery/runny.
Add a half box of whole wheat spaghetti noddle's to the pot. Reduce heat to medium. Add two tbs. of olive oil to the water to help prevent the water from boiling over. Cook for ten minutes, or to al dente. .
The pasta will absorb the excess water from the sauce, giving you a thick and rich sauce that easily coats, and flavors the noodles. To make this more interesting, you could make a dark-brown roux from butter and flour to darken the sauce, make it look more like dirt. a half pound of browned, ground beef would also make it look more like dirt.
With the meatballs cooled, smear a thin, circular layer of the Creme'-freshNeufchatel cheese onto the top of each meatball, followed by a slice of the black olive, right in the middle. Plate the spaghetti, and place four, or more of these meatball eyes onto each plate. Serve with baked Jak-O-Lanterns
- 1 mini-pumpkin (about 4 to 5 inches in diameter) per person
- 1/2 cup
- softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 14 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
Combine the butter, sugar, and spices. Cut the tops off of the pumpkins, as if you were getting ready to carve a pumpkin. Remove the seeds. Cut Jack-O-Lantern faces in each pumpkin. Smear the butter mixture inside of the pumpkins. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 375' F for 30 minutes.
Serve one for each child.
For desert, use one of those Halloween cake pans to make monster cookies, or muffins, or cakes. Be creative with your cake colors, and decorations.
Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North