If you are planning a little Halloween get-together and looking for some new recipe ideas we have a few to offer you!They all have a bit of an island touch, but they are all fun and easy-to-do, making Halloween more fun for you!
- Frothy Bloody Punch… with that old stand-by for all kids of all ages, Hawaiian Punch!
Mix a 64 oz bottle of Hawaiian Punch with a 2-liter bottle of 7up. Stir in a bowl of Cool Whip, completely thawed. The cool whip will float on the top making a froth that covers a blood-red punch. Mmm!
- Banana Ghosties…. after all, we have lots of bananas in Hawaii!
Here’s a Halloween trick your child will have love!–turning a ripe banana into a Halloween treat! Remove any stringy fibers from a peeled banana, then cut it in half widthwise (not lengthwise). Push a Popsicle stick into each half through the cut end, then cover each pop with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 3 hours).Next, place a 1.5-ounce piece of white chocolate candy in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high until melted (it generally takes about 1 minute). With a butter knife, spread the melted white chocolate on the frozen banana halves. Set the pops on a waxed-paper-covered dish. Press on small chocolate chips for eyes and mouths and return the pops to the freezer until ready to serve
- Sticky Black Bat Wings… using the quintessential island ingredient of soy sauce!
4 lbs. chicken wings
4 tbsp. soy sauce
4 tbsp. black bean sauce
2/3 C. ketchup
4 tbsp. honey
2 tsp. hot sauce, or to taste
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/2 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
2 tbsp.sesame oil
Coloring: Black, blue, and green paste food coloring, as needed
Instructions: Combine marinade ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Add black, blue, and green paste food coloring as needed to make a dark black sauce. Place cleaned wings in a large ziplock bag. Pour marinade over. Marinate wings 3-24 hours. Longer is tastier, of course. Remove wings from fridge, line a large baking sheet with heavy-duty foil, and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Remove “bat wings” from marinade and bake one hour, till cooked through. Baste occasionally with marinade. Finish under broiler for extra crispness, if desired.
- Maggot Meatball Sliders… all of us who live in Hawaii want our rice in there somewhere!
Ground chuck (80% lean max), 2 pounds
6oz white cheddar
1/2 cup cooked white rice (aka “maggots”)
12 leaves fresh basil
6 brioche or potato rolls
1 cup ketchup
salt & pepper
12 wooden skewers
Slice cheese into 12 equal pieces. Form small patties around each piece cheese with the ground beef. Roll edge of sliders in rice then press with fingers to adhere. Heat olive oil in saute pan on medium high. Cook burgers until browned on each side, being careful not to overcook. Should take about 5 minutes per side max. Cut brioche rolls in half and trim into squares. Toast bread, then dab with Dijon mustard. Add one basil leaf to each piece of toasted bread. Top with a burger and skewer. Place burgers on platter and drizzle with ketchup. Decorate platter with plastic flies, bugs, and clumps of rice (aka “maggots”).
Are you hungry yet? These recipes should add some fun and, believe it or not, they’re delicious too! Enjoy, and Hau`ole Ka La Ho`ola`a, which is Hawaiian for Happy Halloween!