Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Goblin Feast

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...

Sloppy Joes:

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:

Hot Dogs
Puff Pastry
*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 slices
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

Adam says,
"This food is
frighteningly festive!"

Crawling Spider Soda:
This delightful scary drink is from my sister Jill's archives! She is so clever!
Freeze rubber spiders in ice cube trays filled with orange juice
When cubes are frozen, fill drink cup with ice cubes, and then 7-up
Opt for Cherry 7-up for a bloody effect!
The fizz of the 7-up combined with the citrus of the orange juice creates a fabulous sherbet like flavor.

*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!

17 Sweet Talkers:

PDOTTreats said...

Our Halloween dinner was chili and cornbread. Great memories. Amazing how many memories are tied to food.

Gabriel Olson said...

Fantastic blog. But what is with that goofy looking dude holding the sloppy joe?

Pamela said...

This was such a goblin good meal. Loved the hot dogs ~ ghostly great!!

Evan said...

Yum! Unfortunately, we are trying to go vegetarian, so maybe I will try this with morningstar meatless hamburger crumbles...ick.

Gaspegirl said...

Visiting from SITS... what a great blog you have here! I am now a follower - I am going to try and make that pumpkin cake this weekend... it looks scrumptious!!

Make it a great day!

Benj and Melinda said...

Ditto to what every else is saying. I love this time of year and am super excited to make all your fun treats!

We miss you guys! I hope all is well.

The Double Dipped Life said...

I really don't like sloppy joes, but your recipe looks good! Maybe I'll give it a try!

Stopping by from SITS

Barbara said...

Those hot dogs are smashing! And teh spider cubes. I already copied them. You are sooooo clever.

Thimbleanna said...

I love these fun posts that you and Pam are doing. Thanks especially for the carmel apples with video -- I'd love to try them this year!

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS! I love sloppy joes, but my husband won't eat them! :) I bet he'd eat those mummies though...

Leslie said...

Sloppy Joes is a great tradition for Halloween!
Love the spiders in the ice cubes

FabFrugalFood said...

We are having a Halloween party this year - haven't done that for years - your ideas are so fun and so real! Thanks!

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

We use to eat sloppy joes on Halloween too! They are one of my favorite comfort foods!

Camille said...

This may be a little embarassing to admit, but my family gave me the nickname "CamiJoe" because I loooove sloppy joes!! I've never had them with bacon, but that sounds absolutely devilish! :)

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

I like all these clever holloween ideas. This ice cube one is great!

-visiting from SITS

BeanBugCrafts said...

Hi There!
I think the spiders in the ice cubes are a great idea!

Just wanted you to know I've included your Spider Soda in my Halloween Kid-Friendly Drinks round-up! You can find the post here: http://beanbugcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/10/ten-halloween-kid-friendly-drink-ideas.html

Deb said...

Oh such sweet memories and yes try the morningstar crumbles for the sloppy joes, I use it for those and chili and its pretty good/

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