Foodie Friday: Halloween Party Snack Ideas

Mini Spider Pizzas
Via Recipe Runner

Halloween holds a special place in the hearts of adults as well as children.  Whether you are festive or spooky, it's fun to get into the spirit.  Dressing up food for snacks at home or a Halloween party is a must.  The possibilities are endless!  We've found some great recipes to get your creative juices flowing.  Enjoy!

Mini Spider Pizzas

Yields 8-10 mini pizzas
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Total Time: 28 min  

1/2 pound pizza dough

For the Pizza Sauce:
15 ounce can tomato sauce
6 ounce can tomato paste
1 t. dried basil
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. dried parsley
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. red pepper flakes (optional)
1 t. balsamic vinegar

For the Toppings:
1 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 can large California Black Ripe Olives

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Roll out the pizza dough and use a 3 inch round cookie cutter to cut out the mini pizzas.
Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet.

In a small bowl whisk together all of the pizza sauce ingredients, then spread a little bit of sauce on top of each mini pizza.

Top the pizzas with the shredded mozzarella then place in the oven to bake for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden.

Remove the mini pizzas from the oven and arrange the olives on top of them creating the spiders.

Halloweeño Jalapeño Poppers
Via The Hopeless Housewife

Halloweeño Jalapeño Poppers
Serves: 20 Poppers

10 jalapeño peppers, sliced in half lengthwise and pith/ seeds removed (use rubber gloves so your hands don't burn from the jalapeño). Leave the stem if you can on some or all of the halves.
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
8 ounces jack cheese, shredded
1 scallion (green onion), finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 package refrigerated crescent rolls (I use Pillsbury)
2 eggs, beaten
candy eyeballs (can be purchased at Michael's or on Amazon or you can always use a little cream cheese and piece of a black olive for the eyes)

Preheat oven 400° F. In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, jack cheese, scallion and salt until well blended.

Roll out the crescent rolls and separate into 4 rectangles (not triangles) with a perforation in the middle of each. Press your fingers into the perforations to seal them. Using a pizza cutter, cut each rectangle into 10 long pieces lengthwise.

Fill each jalepeño half with the cheese mixture. Wrap each jalapeño half with the dough, leaving a space for the eyes. Use two pieces of dough if necessary. Brush with egg mixture and place on baking sheet.

Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and press the eyes into the cheese where the opening is. Remove eyes before eating. You may also use a little cream cheese and a piece of black olive for the eyes. Serve immediately.

Spooky Eyeball Tacos

Spooky Eyeball Tacos

Servings: 6
Yield:  2 tacos per person

1 lb ground beef
1 (1 1/4 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
12 taco shells
3/4 cup salsa
3/4 cup sour cream
1 tomatoes, small cubes
1 small head lettuce, sliced into small confetti squares
1 (2 1/4 ounce) canlarge black olives, sliced
1 cup cheese, Shredded & Long (cheddar is good, but a Mexican blend would be good too)

Mix meat and seasoning mix. Shape half of the mixture into 24 (1-inch) balls; place in 15x10x1-inch baking pan and bake at 350 F for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.
Brown the remaining seasoned ground beef and add salsa.

Fill each taco shell with a thin layer of ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Position 2 meatballs inside the taco shell and add a dollop of sour cream to each. Garnish with olives to make “eyeballs.” Spread the cheese out along to the top for stringy hair.

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