Halloween parties have come a long way since those days when mom made a bowl of popcorn and dumped a bag of candy corn in a plastic Jack ‘o lantern. Today’s spooky shindigs pull out all the spine-shivering stops; I’ve eaten the likes of “worm” burgers and meatloaf hands to a skeleton head-shaped cheese ball with tortilla bones for dipping.
Litehouse Goblin Eyes
I even once saw an anatomically-correct heart made of gelatin sitting in a plate of red goo. I passed on that, even too realistic for me! But, that’s the only time I’ve chickened out. Part of the fun of making (and eating) these outlandish delights is the initial “ewww, oh no you didn’t” response you get from those guests with a more easily provoked gag reflex. But, after you throw down a double-dog dare and explain the ingredients, I’ve found that everyone is typically excited to partake in even the most gruesome of grub.
Litehouse Goblin Fingers
So, don’t let Halloween expire without whipping up some epicurean delights – make that, epicurean frights! My Deconstructed Goblin Platter, brimming from end to end with the creepy creature’s ogled eyes, roasted fingers and molded innards, makes a most unusual appetizer for your Halloween open house or gathering of the direly demented. Before you scream or swoon or soil yourself, let me assure you that these oddities gastronomique are not what they seem – the eyes are only eggs, the fingers are simply shrimp and the moldy entrails, alas, are nothing but noodles.
Litehouse Goblin Platter Whole Eggs
Making the Shrimp Goblin Fingers
The recipes for the Ogled Egg Eyes and Roasted Shrimp Fingers are included below; the Moldy Innards are linguini pasta topped with Litehouse Food’s Avocado Dip. The goblin-like greenness of this thick and creamy dip makes it a clever condiment for Halloween! As far as the recipes go, it’s interesting to note that the technique for marbling the eggs is based on a still-practiced ancient Chinese tradition of seeping cracked eggs in a mixture of tea and soy sauce. Once peeled, the result is a beautiful and delicate pattern (or in my case, a brash and disgusting design) that has been transferred through the shell to the egg. Also, because no “body” should be without fresh vegetables, even those scavenging from the paranormal food pyramid, I tossed on some crudities along with Litehouse Food’s Homestyle Ranch Dip for noshing.
Ready to Serve Litehouse Goblin Platter