Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Witch Finger Poppers and Eye of Newt


Yesterday's post kicked off my Halloween week with two fun drinks to get the party started, but no party would be complete without the food. Appetizers are a must and let your guests mingle easily while eating. There is no better way of saying "Welcome to our lovely home" then by offering Witch
Finger Poppers and Eye of Newt to your favorite ghouls when stopping by for a visit.


Witch Finger Poppers are, according to my husband, one of the best jalapeno poppers around and I've been fixing them for many years. What sets them apart from a regular deep fried version is that they are baked and with that, at least a little bit better for you. Seeded and halved jalapenos are stuffed with a filling of cream cheese, cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, bacon and seasonings before being dipped in breadcrumbs. Ketchup and a sliced almond complete the grizzly witch fingernail effect. The poppers are then baked for about 30 minutes before serving. Just make sure to cool them a bit before biting into them, unless you are going for the "skin burned off the roof of your mouth feel" (been there, done that, got the t-shirt). 


Eye of Newt is a fun take on my Snappy Deviled Eggs which are a staple at our house as well. This time around the filling gets its "moldy" color from blue, green and yellow food coloring before being piped into the egg halves. A sliced olive along with a sliver of pimiento make up the pupil and finally gel food coloring applied with a toothpick to the white part of the egg add the finishing touch to the "Eye of Newt".

Both of these appetizers add hilarious touches that make your Halloween buffet just a little more ghoulish.  Depending on how many goblins you have coming by this year you might want to go ahead and double the recipes as they never last long!

Party Tips:

- You can make the Witch Finger Poppers the day before your party. Just seed and fill the peppers. Place in baking pan and cover with plastic wrap. Set in refrigerator until ready to bake.
- Make the Eye of Newt the morning of your party but wait until a couple of hours before your guests arrive to apply the red food color, otherwise it will "bleed" into the white of the egg.


Witch Finger Poppers
(adapted from Taste of Home Magazine)
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup (4 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup (4 ounces) Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
12 medium jalapeno peppers, stems removed, halved lengthwise and seeded*
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons ketchup
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Preparation:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cheeses, bacon and seasonings. Spoon about 1 tablespoon into each pepper half. Dip tops of stuffed peppers into bread crumbs.

Place a small amount of ketchup at the end of each popper; top with a sliced almond to resemble a fingernail. Place in a greased 15 x 10 inch baking dish (make sure to pack them in tightly or the filling will run out). Bake, uncovered, at 300 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

* When cutting or deeding hot peppers, use rubber or plastic gloves to protect your hands. Avoid touching your face (trust me on this!).


Eye of Newt Deviled Eggs
(makes 20 eyeballs)
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:
10 large eggs, hard boiled
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon vinegar
1-2 teaspoons hot sauce (your favorite kind)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Blue, yellow and green food coloring
Sliced olives
Diced pimiento
Red food coloring

Preparation:

Peel and halve hard boiled eggs lengthwise and remove yolks. Place yolks in a bowl along with mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, vinegar and hot sauce. With the immersion blender mix everything to desired consistency (you can use a fork and mash if you don't have a blender). Season with salt and pepper. Color egg yolk mixture with blue, yellow and green food color until desired color is reached. Pipe egg mixture back into egg halves. Garnish each egg halve with 1 sliced olive, 1 diced pimiento placed inside the olive. Add red food coloring with a toothpick for the blood-shot eye effect.


Stay tuned for more ghoulish treats on Thursday!

47 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I looooooooooove this!!! Will be brave next year and throw a party with these in mind!!! My children would love these...or be too scared to eat them! PS meant to say in the last post that I love our new scary blog design!

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  2. Okay, first let me say how funny your profile pic is! Now, on to the food. Love the witch finger poppers and I may actually make these for Sunday. We are going to friends for dinner and having the kids trick-or-treat from there and these would be perfect for me to bring. I think I will skip the devilled egg newts eyes, my husband detests hard-boiled eggs, can't even be in the same room with one (I love them, though!).

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  3. How fun! I love creative touches to pull the theme together. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings us!

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  4. Whoa! That's pretty scarrrrryyyy! Scary, but very tasty looking, too! ;) You are an extremely creative cook, Susi. It's always fun to see what you've come up with. These are hilariously cute and spooky appetizers!

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  5. Die Eier sehen einfach klasse aus. I know, why don't you come by on Sunday and bring all those wonderful Halloween treats, plaese, plaese???

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  6. Susi, u r a genius. You have turned cute yummy dishes to halloween nightmare.

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  7. So fun!! Thx for the tip on the gloves. I always forget them and wish I'd remembered.

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  8. Unbelievably adorable.

    ..So, my party on Friday... wanna just host it for me?!

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  9. How cute and fun! Not to mention that your treats also sound delicious.

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  10. Oh my word I LOVE these!!!! You know that I'm a HUGE Halloween fanatic so I pretty much think you're the most amazing person on the planet! Oh I just have to make these. I love you Susi!!! :) These are so much fun, love love love it!

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  11. Can I please come to your Halloween party? Wow! What fun snacks. I'm sure that children and adults would be delighted to sit down to a platter of these goodies. Thank you for sharing...I only wish I had a Halloween party that I was throwing!

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  12. You will have to share with me one day how you made your profile pic so cute! I love these! You are making me so excited for Halloween! I love, love, love the deviled eyeballs, the only problem, the only one who will eat them is my husband, he loves them. I should make him some, he would get a big kick out of it!
    -Gina-

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  13. These are too cute! I'm totally forwarding my sister the link to your site as these are perfect for the Halloween party she's throwing this weekend!

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  14. Now thats the halloween spirit! And love your profile photo (=

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  15. These just made my day. I'd love to go to a party that had them. So fun! And I also love your previous post on the drinks. So fun too!

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  16. Wat a beautiful finger poppers and terrific eyes..happy halloween..

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  17. Those witch fingers are quite creepy. Where do you find all this fun stuff?

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  18. this look so good. you are so creative:)happy halloween!

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  19. We are big fans of ghoulish treats at our house. I love the poppers. They are adorable and I bet super yummy. We had a big scary foods family party and my brother in law brought the eggs. I had to eat extra as the kids wouldn't eat them.

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  20. I'm loving your halloween posts! These scary eyes in particular...so much fun!

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  21. Now that's what I call perfect finger food! Love your creativity and great Halloween spirit.

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  22. Susi I'll be making both of these this Halloween. Thank-you!

    Laura

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  23. Jalepeno poppers are the best! Yours looks delicious and fun for Halloween!

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  24. I love your spooky profile picture! And these look frighteningly delicious! You are so much fun Susi. Thank you for your kind words that you me the other day about our cousin. Xo

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  25. Schaut hervorragend aus. Viele Grüße Isabel

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  26. I can understand why your husband loves those poppers. I am a big fan of baking them in place of frying them. I fell like you can actually taste the pepper and the heat better when they are baked. Plus, it's a much healthier way of eating them which means that you can indulge in more of them;-) Both of these appetizers are party fare favorites and you have done a great twist on them for Halloween. Can't wait for Thursday!

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  27. These are so cute! I love the Eye of Newt eggs:) I made Halloween donuts for the weekend, and had a lot of fun with this holiday's baking:)

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  28. Love scary halloween food, these are fabulous, usually it's all sweet stuff so nice to see some savory ones.

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  29. Susi, you are SO creative! These are absolutely adorable finger foods, and perfect for Halloween. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Kudos to you for making healthy Halloween treats! Those are fabulous!!!

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  31. Yum... you're already for a party.

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  32. These will go great with those fun cocktails you made the other day. They're pretty scary looking, but oh, so yummy!

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  33. You've really come up with some very cute and clever Halloween goodies and I can tell by your profile pic that you're really into this holiday. It's one of my favorites too but I'm not sure I'll have time to make the bloodshot eyeballs although I think they would make a big impression on my guests;)

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  34. boo hoo hoo

    jalapeno poppers rulz year round in my house

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  35. wow Susi...this looks really spooky and Halloween!

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  36. What a nice idea...
    Your pics are outstanding, Bravissimo !!!

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  37. These are just plain deliciously yucky, as they are supposed to be! Nicely done, Susi!!

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  38. So creative and cute! I love the eyeball eggs!

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  39. Your eyes of newt are so creepy! Must make them! Buzzed!

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  40. I love these Susi! They're just adorable - but aside from that they sound delicious too. Especially the poppers! I think my invitation got lost in the mail...

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