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Spider Crostinis

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that you can serve tonight. Grown ups will appreciate a non-sweet snack while the devils, oops i mean kids, are on their sugar hyper crazy candy mission.

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For the cheese spread:

1 4 oz package goat cheese, softened
1 3 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp thyme

Mix all together in a bowl. Set aside.

For the caramelized onion webs:

2 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, sliced thin on the mandolin
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Cook the onions and other ingredients over med-low heat until caramelized

Slice up a loaf of French bread into 24 slices, spray or drizzle with olive oil and toast until crispy.

Now to assemble:
Spread a nice generous portion if the goat cheese spread in the toasted slice of French bread. Then arrange some onion strands on top to look web-like. Then you take a black olive, slice it in half. This is the spider body. Then u cut 8 pieces of olive for the legs. Make sure you put 8 or else it won’t be a spider, it will be a tick!!!
Serve these creepy crostinis and see who is brave enough to devour the spiders.


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Spicy Witch’s Fingers

Try this deliciously disgusting recipe for Halloween: Spicy Witch’s Fingers

I kept seeing this recipe around the web, but it was always for the sweet cookie version.  Finally, I found one for some savory fingers.

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Here’s my version:

In a food processor, chop up:

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon salt

1  teaspoon cayenne pepper (you can reduce this if you don’t like it too spicy)

1 cup flour

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Then turn it out onto the cutting board and form a dough ball, it will be quite soft.

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Then take small pieces of the dough, and roll it, like if you were rolling play-dough snakes in kindergarten.
After you get the snake shape, squeeze it in your hand to get the “knuckles” imprinted on the snake.

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Get a small amount of ketchup and some almond slices.

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Dip the almonds into the ketchup, and then push them into the end of the fingers to make the nails with bloody cuticles.

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Take a small knife and make three lines on each knuckle for the wrinkles

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Now, you need to put them in the freezer for a few minutes so that they firm up.  Otherwise they will spread out too much and you will get the wicked Witch of the West’s fingers (after she got mashed by the house).  In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350.

Before you put the fingers in the oven, mix an egg yolk with 1 tbsp of water, and lightly brush it on them.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes.  They will puff up slightly, and the ketchup will turn to dried blood colour.  If you’re lucky, some nails will get brown edges.

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Now serve them with some spooky dip, and see who’s brave enough to eat one!

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You could also serve “finger sandwiches”

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