In our childhood home my brother Michael, and my sister Pammy and I would get all dressed up and be ready to go trick or treating every October 31st by about 2:30 pm. Of course, that was far to early to start knocking on doors, so with precision we would race downstairs to watch the original 1989 version of Batman. I'm pretty sure it was the scariest movie we owned.
Two hours later it would be 4:30 pm, the sun would be starting to set, and now there was only one thing between us and our candy: Sloppy Joes. My mom made Sloppy Joes every Halloween without fail; even when it was just me left in the house to celebrate, my mom still made me Sloppy Joes. I never remembered caring as much about our costumes, or our route, as I did about Batman and Sloppy Joes.
In fact, even after Michael grew too old to accompany Pam and I Trick or Treating, the three of us would still gather together to watch Batman and eat Sloppy Joes.
I wish he was here to watch Batman and eat Sloppy Joes with us this year.
Today, the Sisters that Spook are sharing with you a Goblin Feast, complete with... you guessed it... Sloppy Joes. I like to pretend they are human brains! Add to that menu Hot Dog Mummies, Crawling Spider Soda, and Ghost Peeps and you've got yourself a full dinner fare in Halloween regalia. All that is left is to light the candles and set an eerie mood...
1 pound hamburger meat
Cook hamburger until well browned, drain
8-12 strips of bacon
Cook bacon until crispy, chop into small pieces
1 medium onion
1 medium green pepper
Sauté a few minutes, then return hamburger and bacon to pan
Add 1 can black beans
Salt and pepper to taste
Add Sloppy Joe mix plus ½ can of water
Allow to simmer for 15 minutes
Serve atop hamburger buns
Hot Dog Mummies:
*Tip: The Puff Pastry for the September Daring Bakers Challenge worked perfectly! A Whisk and a Spoon has the recipe posted; or you can use store bought of course!
Slice pastry and cheese into long thin slicesThis delightful scary drink is from my sister Jill's archives! She is so clever!
Wrap Hot Dogs in cheese first, and then pastry horizontally
Bake at 400F° 15 minutes, reduce temp to F350° and bake for additional 15 minutes
Top with two mustard eyes
Crawling Spider Soda:
Freeze rubber spiders in ice cube trays filled with orange juice
When cubes are frozen, fill drink cup with ice cubes, and then 7-upThe fizz of the 7-up combined with the citrus of the orange juice creates a fabulous sherbet like flavor.
Opt for Cherry 7-up for a bloody effect!
*Tip: The Dollar Tree has $1.00 bags of spider rings, simply cut off the ring portion, leaving the spider intact.
Now that you know how to make your cauldron simmer, race over to Pammy's blog to learn how to make your dinner table glow with her festive tricks, and learn what was for dessert!