Holy Halloween Batman! Time is running out to make Halloween treats! As a result, I will share a couple of quick and easy spooky foodie items you can make for your party.
Martha Stewart’s Halloween Eye-Popping Soup
I loved the look of Martha’s spooky soup recipe when it came to flavour and spooky appearance so I had to make it. I divided it in half but will write it out in full for you.
Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a large soup pot over medium-low heat. Add 1 finely chopped onion and 3 minced garlic cloves. (I actually added that exact amount because I love garlic and onions, LOL.) Cook for around 6 minutes and then add 1/2 cup dry white wine. Obviously I added red. I wanted to deepend the colour of the soup and, well, it is what I had on-hand. Cook 1 minute.
Add 2 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes and 4 cups of chicken stock.
Add 3 springs fresh oregano or marjoram. I did not have either herb so I added a bit of dried oregano and for additional flavour, 2 bay leaves and crushed red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer gently for 45 minutes. Remove herbs and puree in small batches until smooth. Martha adds half and half here but I wanted the soup to be bright red so I just seasoned with salt and pepper.
To make the eyeballs get some bocconcini (thanks Tre Stelle!) and use a melon baller to scoop out a hole on top and then place an olive that has been cut in half on top, cut side out, to make the eyeballs. I also cut my bocconcini in half and topped the centers of the olives with some Sriracha hot sauce.
This gave them an additional 3D effect! Unfortunately, unmelted light bocconcini is not very flavourful and was a bit weird to eat like this. Dare I say the texture was actually similar to what they were simulating? Not that I know officially but still, a bit unnerving. Perfect!
The soup really does need that cream, otherwise it comes close to tasting like tomato sauce. Adding some heat to the soup and the eyeballs worked great but I also added some Worcestershire sauce for more depth of flavour. Loved the soup this way!
If you absolutely do not have time to make the soup this weekend, just use a high quality boxed tomato soup and top it with the eyeballs!
Halloween Melting Eyeball Pizza
I wanted to try melting the “eyeballs” on a pizza. I made my own pizza dough, slathered it with my sundried tomato pesto and topped with the eyeballs with varying pupils.
Holy crap! I thought they were just going to ooze a little but these eyeballs REALLY oozed, LOL. At first I was disappointed in my eyeball pizza but then when I realized it was a “Melted Eyeball Pizza” sprinkled with fresh basil… I thought it was very cool. Also, very easy to make!
Halloween Ghost & Skull Pizzas
I used the rest of the pizza dough and cut out ghosts and skulls using my cookie cutters. I added some ranch dressing to the surface, sprinkled with finely grated Parmesan and decorated with black olives.
I have to say, they looked amazing! You could make a dessert version of these by adding some sugar to the dough, bake it plain, slather with some marshmallow fluff and decorate. I bet that would be awesome!
I have to admit, I have been so busy with making food for Halloween that I have yet to pick up a pumpkin or candy. Bad foodie I know.
Oh man, I am already missing Halloween. I know, it is silly but it is the truth. Making these treats are so much fun and I love sharing them with you. Not to worry, I still have some Halloween tricks and treats up my sleeve but I seriously have to get shopping for Halloween night!