That’s right, Halloween is just around the corner here in America. Spooks, goblins, ghosts and zombies will soon invade your front porch craving blood and mini-Snickers! The costumes will be a little more extravagant, the fangs a little whiter and the Snookie costumes adorned with a preggers-bump. Regardless, the grill and mancave should be full of delicious yet frightful foods to match this holiday season.
To our south, Mexico celebrates the ‘Day of the Dead’, or Dia de los Muertos, to honor those who have passed on before us. They pay their respects to their memory with a celebration of food and drink. The ghoulish costumes and parades that follow are customary and the food served is traditional as well.
Why not combine our American traditions with that of our Mexican neighbors and celebrate with a ‘Day of the Dead – Zombie Barbecue’?
Invite friends over in full costume and layout a buffet of these ‘semi-authentic’ recipes. Be sure to include the added twists and remember, labeling the dishes and condiments with mini-signs at the buffet table really helps with the spookiness:
- Werewolf Steak Fajitas – Traditional Carne Asada using Werewolf meat! If werewolf is not readily available, try using a nice skirt steak. Serve with roasted peppers, onions and Vampire Blood, bwahahahaha, um, yea, hot sauce.
- Chupracabra Brains – This ‘goat sucker’ is a legend in Mexican folklore. It looks like a mangy wolf and is believed to be attacking livestock and drinking their blood. Ooooo, spooky?! So this recipe is, well, basically Spanish meatballs. But, molded correctly and served with the tomato sauce it looks like bloody brains, right? Spooky huh?
- Zombie Tamales – These corn husk steamed beauties can be made scary by using shredded Zombie Meat (beef), smeared with Zombie Brains (guacamole), and finally slathering with Zombie Blood (smooth salsa).
- Mummy Carnitas – While this dish is traditionally done over an open fire, you can use your grill, or if necessary, the stove to create this eerie dish of mummified meat (pork). Served fajita style, be sure to point your guests to the spooky condiment table of eerie additions.
- Frankenstein Fingers – These Chicken Lime Taquitos resemble fingers sported by the epic monster. Take the deep fryer out to the mancave and slowly dip the ‘fingerlings’ into the hot oil with tongs to crisp the corn tortilla into shape and then let them go to finish. Paint a fingernail on one end of each using some green food coloring mixed with sour cream. Dip the other end in hot sauce to resemble being severed off. Finally, fan these out onto a bed of lettuce to look like a hand! AHHHH, fingers!
Obviously these entrees will need some condiments. So, send your guests to the ‘Table of Doom’ to dress up their food. Condiments include:
- Blood of Dracula – Hot Sauces and salsas
- Diced Beetles – Black Olives
- Sliced Witches Fingers – Jalepeños
- Diced Mummy Toe Nails – Onions
- Smeared Bat Brains – Guacamole
- Diced Monkey Tongues – Tomatoes
- Shredded Swamp Thing – Lettuce
- Diced Monster Brain – Green Peppers
- You can come up with an eerie names for Sour Cream and Shredded Cheese……
Desserts can be the basic bowls of candy bars shaped like fingers, gummy squishy eyeballs or even sour worms and the like. But, try adding these recipes to your dessert table which keeps in line with the party theme:
- Sugar Skulls – No spooky buffet is complete without a dessert shaped like a skull! Make and decorate to look like painted skulls. Have your kids help create these unique-sweet-treats and scare the guest with the cranial chaos!
- Witches Fingers – Easy to make severed witches fingers. Use your favorite ‘store- bought-break-off-cookie-dough’ and form each little brick into a finger. Use a fork to lightly press in knuckle grooves and a use sliced almond for each fingernail. Bake as directed and allow to cool. Use raspberry jam to gorily paint around the nails to look infected and then paint the opposite finger end to make it look like it was severed. So real looking, you’ll feel like a cannibal tearing through these beauties.
Spooky, tasty and a tad bit weird describes this feast. The main goal is to gather with friends, remember those you’ve passed and celebrate their memories. Eat, drink and be merry my friends and have a safe Halloween and Day of the Dead season.
On a spooky side note: Don’t forget to scare the crap outta the kids too when you get the chance! This is the last ‘semi-legal’ chance to get them back for the broken electronics, the lost mementos and parental headaches they have caused this year! Bwahahahahaha!
Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em and don’t forget your bib.