Jack-o-Lantern Potatoes and Bloody Bat Ears

With a bit of imagination, you can transform your farmers market veggies into creepy foods that will make an eerie impression on kids and adults. Scare up some savory Halloween fun at a pre-trick-or-treating party with these deliciously daring (and healthy!) Halloween nibbles. To let your guests know what each spooky dish is, use creepy clip art images attached to wooden skewers as labels.  Below are recipes for Jack-Lantern Potatoes  and Bloody Bat Ears.

Jack-o-Lantern Potatos

Use Halloween cookie cutters to turn potatoes into crispy Jack-o-Lanterns, ghosts, and goblins. You’ll need the largest sweet potatoes and potatoes you can find.

Ingredients:

  • Large sweet potatoes
  • Large baking or russet potatoes

Tools:

  • Small- to medium-sized Halloween cookie cutters.

Instructions:

1)            Peel the skin off of the potatoes and slice horizontally 1/8-inch thick.

2)            Press out shapes by pushing down hard and using a paring knife, carefully carving eyes, noses, and mouths.

3)            Place your shapes into a large bowl of ice water and save the scraps in another bowl (you can cook and eat these, too).

4)            Heat a large, non-stick skillet with 1/8 inch of olive oil. Remove the potatoes from the water and dry.

5)            On medium-high heat, cook several potatoes at a time for approximately 2-3 minutes per side until golden. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with kosher salt.

6)            If you plan to freeze these, lay on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and freeze uncovered until hardened. Transfer to freezer bags and seal out any excess air. Re-heat the day of your party in pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for approximately 8 minutes and display on a platter.

Tip: The potatoes can also be baked, but sweet potatoes work best fried unless you have a convection oven.

Bloody Bat Ears

Sliced beets shrivel when roasted and crisp up into delectable veggie chips — or, for our purposes, icky, bloody bat ears!

Ingredients for Bloody Bat Ears:

  • Red beets

Instructions:

1) Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2) Slice beets very thinly (use a mandolin if you have one).

3) Drizzle some olive oil on a baking sheet and spread around evenly.

4) Place sliced beets on the greased baking sheet and brush with a bit more olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and bake for 20–30 minutes.

5) Remove from the oven, and they will crisp as they cool.

Recipes courtesy of Babble