From Worm Dogs and Graveyard Cake to spooky slime soup and a Fang-tastic Vampire's Bite cocktail, we’ve conjured up some terrifyingly tasty Halloween recipe ideas - with our favourite spooky bites for you to try this year...if you dare.
Creepy Concoctions From Market Street
1. Devilled Kidneys on toast
- 20 g Butter
- 4 Lambs kidneys - trimmed and diced into chunks
- 1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
- 2 teaspoons tomato puree
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon english mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt to taste
- 8 slices of toasted or griddled ciabatta bread
- Mix the Worcester sauce, tomato puree, lemon juice, mustard and cayenne together in a bowl
- Heat a frying pan then add the butter and the kidneys and fry them for 3 minutes turning regularly. Add the sauce mixture and fry for a further minute. If the sauce seems to thick add a little water.
- Serve on the toasted or griddled ciabatta
2. Lamb's Liver in Blankets
- 200g Thinly sliced lambs liver
- 12 slices streaky bacon
- Slice the liver down in to strips approximately 3cm x 2cm, lay the piece of bacon on a board and then lay 1 piece of liver across the top of the bacon at one end.
- Roll it up tightly
- When you have made them all, place them on to a lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy
- Serve immediately
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3. Frankenstein Milkshakes
Frankenstein Milkshakes - Ingredients
- 100g dark cooking chocolate, broken into pieces
- 300ml semi-skimmed milk
- 4 large scoops vanilla soft scoop ice cream
- 2 large ripe bananas, peeled and chopped
- Green food colouring
- 1 tsp chocolate strands
- Total time required 40 mins
- Preparation time 15 mins
- You will also need a fine paintbrush
Step 1 - Frankenstein Milkshakes
Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth and remove from the heat and cool for 10 minutes.
Then, using a fine paintbrush paint a Frankenstein face (a mouth and two eyes) on the inside of 2 drinking glasses or tumblers. Gently dip the rims of the glasses into the bowl of melted chocolate and using the brush spread the chocolate gently to give a wavy edge. Place the glasses in the fridge for 15-20 minutes until the chocolate has set.
Step 2 - Frankenstin Milkshakes
Place the milk, ice cream and bananas in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Pour the milkshake into a large jug and stir in enough green food colouring to give a bright green colour.
Gently pour the milkshakes into the chilled glasses. Sprinkle the chocolate strands on top and serve immediately.
Ghost milkshakes – paint a spooky chocolate mouth and 2 eyes on the inside of each glass. Omit the green food colouring in the milkshake. If liked top with a swirl of aerosol cream.
Pumpkin milkshakes – paint a chocolate pumpkin face of zig-zag mouth, triangle nose and eyes on the inside of each glass. Replace the green food colouring with orange food colouring and top each milkshakes with sweet popcorn, if liked.
Ingredients - Chocolate Apples
- 300g milk cooking chocolate, broken into pieces
- 300g white cooking chocolate, broken into pieces
- 300g dark cooking chocolate, broken into pieces
- 12 small eating apples
- 2-3 tbsp chopped toasted hazelnuts
- Selection of cake decorating sprinkles such as silver balls, gold hundreds and thousands and chocolate crispies
You will also need 9 wooden lolly sticks (re-use washed and dried sticks from ice lollies or buy from a craft shop).
Total time required 40 mins, plus setting time
Preparation time 10 mins
Step 1 - Chocolate Apples
Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Wash the apples and dry thoroughly with kitchen paper. Remove the stalks and push a lolly stick into the stalk end of each apple.
Then melt the milk, white and dark chocolates in three separate heatproof bowls each set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth and remove from the heat.
Step 2 - Chocolate Apples
Dip four apples each in the melted milk, white or dark chocolate, turning to coat completely. Gently shake each coated apple to allow any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place on the lined baking sheet.
Step 3 - Chocolate Apples
Decorate some of the coated apples with the nuts and/or sprinkles of your choice. Spoon the rest of the melted chocolates into three small paper piping bags. Snip off the ends and pipe zig-zag drizzles of chocolate over the remaining undecorated coated apples.
Leave the apples in a cool place until the chocolate has completely set. Eat on the day of making or wrap in clear cellophane and store in a cool place for up to 3 days.
5. Day of the Dead Skull Platter
Day Of The Dead - Ingredients
- 1 large flour tortilla
- 300g full-fat soft cheese
- 1 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
- 25g small blueberries
- 2 small strawberries, hulled and halved
- 12 small red grapes, halved
- 1 small easy peeler orange, peeled, halved and sliced
- 180g bag lightly salted tortilla chips
Step 1 - Day Of The Dead
Use the flour tortilla as the base for the soft cheese ‘skull’. Cut out a paper template in the shape of a skull roughly 25cm x 18cm. Use the template to cut the tortilla into the shape. Place the tortilla on a large flat board or platter
Use a small palette knife to spread the soft cheese over the shaped tortilla. Position 2 kiwi fruit slices for eyes and dot each one with a blueberry.
Step 2 - Day Of The Dead
Use most of the blueberries to form a mouth and position a strawberry half for the nose. Arrange the halved grapes, cut-side down, around each eye.
Halve the rest of the kiwi slices and arrange on the ‘skull’ with the rest of the fruit to create a colourful pattern.
Step 3 - Day Of The Dead
Place the tortillas for dipping around the edge of the ‘skull’. Serve immediately or prepare the soft cheese and fruit ‘skull’ up to 2 hours before serving and chill in the fridge, adding the tortillas just before serving.
6. Vegetable skeleton with ghoulish green dip
Vegetable Skeleton - Ingredients
For Green Dip
- 1 large ripe avocado, peeled, stoned and chopped
- 1 spring onion, trimmed and chopped
- 4tbsp soured cream
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2tbsp freshly chopped coriander
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
For Veg Skeleton
- 1 chunk of cauliflower
- 24 mange tout
- 2 carrots, peeled, one cut into rounds and one cut into batons
- 8 sugar snap peas
- 4 closed cup mushrooms, sliced
- 2 button mushrooms
- 1 celery stalk, cut into batons
- ¼ cucumber, cut into rounds and batons
- 9 cherry tomatoes
- 1 large red pepper, deseeded and sliced
- Few pieces tenderstem broccoli
- 1 stuffed olive, halved
Step 1 - Vegetable Skeletons
To make the dip, place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place in a small bowl, cover the surface closely with cling film and chill whilst making the vegetable skeleton.
Step 2 - Vegetable Skeleton
To make the vegetable skeleton, trim the cauliflower chunk to shape a skull and position near the top of the board. Arrange the mange tout, carrot rounds, cucumber batons and most of the mushroom slices below the skull to create the main body of the skeleton.
Arrange the sugar snaps and some of the carrot and celery batons as arms and legs with cherry tomatoes for the shoulder, wrist and elbow joints. Add the button mushrooms for the kneecaps and use the cucumber slices for the heels. Use the rest of the sliced mushrooms for the feet and cut a carrot baton into 10 thin strips and position as hands. Place the pepper slices on top of the mange tout for the ribs.
Step 3 - Vegetable Skeletons
Arrange the broccoli and remaining carrot batons and cherry tomatoes around the top of the cauliflower skull as a headdress. Add the olive halves for eyes. Serve immediately with the dip or cover with cling film and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours before serving.
Wow-the-crowd Halloween Recipe Ideas
7. Witch Broomsticks
Get your party off to a wicked start and serve your guests a tasty treat as they arrive. This is a great one to get the kids involved with, but make sure they don't make too many Twiglets disappear while they're making them.
Make these magic treats >>
8. Green Pea Slime Soup
Boil up this creepy cauldron of green pea slime soup - a great idea if you're hosting a Halloween bash for a larger group of witches and wizards. It’s easy to make - no complicated spells required - and you can cook the day before to keep it in the fridge to heat through before serving.
Hubble bubble, boil up a batch >>
9. Chicken and Chorizo Pot Pies
Add a delicious twist to a chicken pie by adding chorizo and decorating with bats (or any other Halloween-themed shapes) for a spicy and spooky serving. These individual chicken and chorizo pies make a great family meal, or a dinner party for friends.
Take a sneaky peek at the recipe >>
10. Worm Dogs
These fun variations on a classic party food are ideal for the kids to enjoy on Halloween. Just cut up your sausages and serve in gory tomato ketchu and serve for the little goblins to gobble up.
Slither over to the recipe >>
11. Spider Toffee Apples
Bring out the Bonfire Night traditions early and give them a Halloween makeover with a spider's web decoration. They're great for kids to get their teeth into, and easy to make again if you run out. We recommend Jazz apples or other variety withe red-orang and green colouring for maximum spookiness.
Find out the tricks for this recipe >>
12. Chocolate Orange Spider Cupcakes
Spin up a batch of these creepy crawlie cupcakes - they're great for kids to make too for treats to hand out at the door when the street's other little devils come a-calling.
Visit our recipe web page >>
13. Graveyard Cake
Turn a simple cake into a gruesome graveyard feature with this dead simple recipe. Complete with broken tombstones and creepy crawlies, it's a great addition to any Halloween party table.
Visit the tombstone recipe here >>
Don't Be Scared To Ask Our Experts...
Our Market Street Greengorcers, Fishmongers and Burtchers and Bakers are always happy to share their ideas on preparing and cooking our fresh ingredients - including the weird and wonderful additions to our 'Horror-sons' range for Halloween. Just ask, and enjoy...
* Spooky ‘goosebump’ Pumpkin and Ghost Pumpkin both £3. Black Chillies 50p per 50g pack, Green Satsumas £2 a 1kg box, Goblin Toe
Grapes £2 for 400g
**In 360 select stores. Wolffish portions will be sold at £2.50 each at the counter (the head is for display purposes only). Spider Crab will be
sold at £8 each in the fish section between 26-31 October. Langoustines will be sold at £14.00 per kg at the counter.