Halloween is creeping upon us, so we thought we’d give you some creative Halloween-inspired recipes. These are perfect for a frightening family feast or spooky social gathering, and what’s more, all the recipes include ingredients that are part of our Weekly Specials, so you’ll find them at terrifyingly low prices!
Jack-O-Lantern beef steak pie
Beefsteak pie is the perfect winter warmer for those cold fall nights, and this ghostly twist to the usual recipe will make it a Halloween centerpiece to die for. Right now, lean stewing beef is available at chillingly low prices, so it’s the right time to buy while the deal lasts!
Ingredients: (pie crust) – 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, ½ tsp. salt, 3 tbsp. vegetable shortening, 6 tbsp. butter, 5 tbsp. ice water.
(beef stew filling) – 2 lbs. stewing beef – cut into ½-inch cubes, 2 tsp. salt, ½ tsp. black pepper, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 onion – finely chopped, 3 of cloves garlic – finely chopped, 1 stick of celery – chopped, 3-4 carrots – peeled and chopped, 1 potato – chopped, 8 oz. of mushrooms – chopped, 2 tbsp. fresh rosemary – chopped, 1 tsp. dried oregano, 1 tsp. thyme, 3 cups beef broth, 1/3 cup flour, 1 egg – beaten.
- Start by preparing the pie crust. Stir together the flour and salt. Then, using a pastry cutter, cut the shortening and butter into the flour until the mixture is crumb-like.
- Sprinkle 2 tbsp. of ice water over the mixture and gently stir using a fork. Repeat this twice more, adding 2 tbsp. of water at a time. A dough-like mixture should start to form. Press this into a ball and then flatten this into a disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Next, start with the stew. Start by seasoning the meat with salt and pepper. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, and then add 1 tbsp. olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the seasoned meat and sear all the sides until browned but not cooked right through. Remove from the skillet and set it to one side.
- Reduce the heat to medium and then add another tbsp. olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the carrots, celery, and potato, and cook for about 8 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
- Add the chopped rosemary, thyme, and oregano and cook for another minute. Sprinkle flour over everything in the skillet and stir for another minute.
- Add the beef broth to the skillet and cook until the flour is completely dissolved. Then add the beef pieces back to the skillet and cook for 2 hours on low heat with the lid on. Ensure you stir occasionally.
- After two hours, or once the meat is tender and the gravy is thick, take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it stand on the countertop for 10 minutes.
- Pour the beef stew into a deep pie dish until about ¾ full.
- Roll out the pie dough on a floured surface, and then transfer it to cover the beef on the pie dish. Make sure there is some overhang so the crust doesn’t shrink away from the sides as it cooks.
- Using a very sharp scalpel knife, cut out two eyes and a jagged shaped mouth much like you would when making a jack-o-lantern with a pumpkin. Use a pastry brush to brush the whole pie crust with the beaten egg, and then bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees in the oven until the crust is golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving!
Eyeball deviled eggs
There’s nothing more stomach-churning than popping an eyeball into your mouth and biting down on it, but luckily, these eyeballs are really just tasty deviled eggs designed to look like gruesome eyes. But there may be someone at the party that gets fooled! Right now, Sunshine Farms Organic Large Eggs are a huge 33% off, so you’ll be making great savings with these delicious party treats.
Ingredients: 18 Sunshine Farms Organic Large Egg, ½ cup mayonnaise, 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp. minced scallions, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, ½ tsp. hot sauce, ½ tsp. Worchestershire sauce, ¼ tsp. salt, 36 black olive slices, 1 jar of roasted red peppers, 2 cans of black beans.
- Start by hard-boiling the eggs. Place the eggs in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and leave for one minute. Cover the pot and remove it from the heat. Let the pot sit covered for about 15 minutes. Drain, and run cold water over the eggs. Then crack them and let them sit in cold water for 10 minutes until they’ve cooled. Then drain and peel them.
- Cut your eggs half crosswise on a slight diagonal, and then carefully remove the yolks without damaging the whites.
- Place the yolks in a bowl and then mash with mayonnaise, mustard, minced scallions, lemon juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and salt until blended and smooth. Using 2 spoons, scoop the yolk mixture into small balls and position them into the hollows of the egg whites to resemble eyeballs.
- Press an olive slice into each of the yolk eyeballs, and then cut the jarred grilled peppers into very thin, 2-inch long strands. Place these on the eyes running outwards from the black olive slices to resemble veins in the eyes.
- Place the black beans on a platter and then balance the eyeball eggs on top of this to act as a dark backdrop to the popping whites of the eyes. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Bleeding candied apples
Candied apples are a Halloween classic, but this is a slight spin on the usual dull but tasty candied apple. This version brings your apples to life by making them appear like they’re bleeding from the top! Right now, gala apples are a huge 30% off, so you can make a whole bunch of bleeding candied apples for your Halloween party or family meal.
Ingredients: 8 gala apples, 8 oz. white chocolate, 2 cups of sugar, ½ cup water, 1 tbsp. red food dye, 8 lollipop sticks.
- Wash the apples. Slice the bottom of each apple off so it sits sturdily on the counter. Push your lollipop stick in the top of the apple where the stalk comes out. If the stalk is still in there, take it out before adding the stick.
- In the microwave, melt the white chocolate.
- Spoon it over the apples until they are completely covered. This is best done on baking parchment. Place them on a tray and allow them to dry. The chocolate should be set after about an hour.
- Place the sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed pan and heat on low heat until the sugar dissolves. Don’t allow to simmer until the sugar is fully dissolved.
- Once the sugar is dissolved, turn up the heat to medium and allow to simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until it starts to turn a slight caramel color.
- Turn off the heat and whisk in the red food dye until it reaches a deep blood red color. Note: be very careful of whisking the sugar at this point as hot sugar is extremely dangerous and can cause burns if it comes into contact with skin.
- Spoon the blood caramel over the apples and let it drip down the sides for extra effect.
- The caramel will start to harden quickly, so you’ll need to work fast.
- Allow the caramel to set and then serve your gruesome bleeding apples!
Halloween is a great time to get creative, even if it means being a little bit gory in the process! These great ideas were inspired by our weekly specials which runs for the next two weeks, so why not head down to your local NetCost Market to pick up some supplies for the perfect Halloween feast?