Spooky Side Up
I love Autumn – the pumpkins, the cooler temperatures, the fall colors, football – there’s just nothing not to love about this time of the year. I often amuse myself by making some ghoulish foods to satisfy my spooky inner child.
I can’t wait until my first grandchild is born so I can delight him (or her). Unfortunately, I don’t see any grandchildren on the immediate horizon, so if someone has a grandchild for rent let me know.
This kooky face above is made up of classic breakfast favorites: bacon, sausage, English muffin, and an egg.
To make it, follow these steps:
1. Start with a toasted English muffin, cut in half.
2. Put a sunny side up egg on one muffin half, and a sausage patty on the other.
3. Use ketchup to make the egg eye appear “bloodshot” and to create a pupil in the middle of the sausage patty.
4. Place a pepperoncini under the English muffins for the nose.
5. Cut strips of sweet red pepper for the hair and arrange above the muffin halves.
6. Crisscross 2 pieces of bacon for the mouth.
7. For a finishing touch, add a dash of black pepper in the middle of the egg for the pupil.
Or how about some ghoulish wraps for lunch?
- 6 7- or 8-inch whole wheat or plain flour tortillas
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
- 6 leaves leaf lettuce (optional)
- 6 slices cooked ham (3 ounces)
- 6 slices cooked turkey breast (3 ounces)
- Assorted decorations such as: parsley sprigs, sweet red pepper strips, ripe olives, small pimento stuffed green olives, small pepperoncini peppers, julienned carrots, small sweet pickles, and/or shredded lettuce
- Mayonnaise, salad dressing, or honey mustard
- 6 slices American cheese
- Wooden picks
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap tortillas in foil and bake for 10 minutes.
2. Spread each tortilla with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise. Lay a lettuce leaf over mayonnaise, top with a slice of ham and a slice of turkey. Roll up and secure with wooden pick. Stuff one end of rolled tortilla with sweet red pepper strips, shredded lettuce, parsley sprigs, and julienned carrots.
3. Attach olives for eyes and the nose and a piece of pepper for the mouth with mayonnaise or honey mustard. Cut an apron shape from the cheese and lay atop tortilla. Add pickles or peppers for shoes and use cheese as a blanket. Makes 6 wraps.
I’m thinking of making this for the tailgate party tomorrow.
- 1 16-ounce loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
- 4 ounces sliced mozzarella cheese, diagonally cut in half
- 4 ounces sliced cheddar cheese, diagonally cut in half
- 1 3.5-ounce package sliced pepperoni
- 1 8-ounce can pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup red, green, and/or yellow sweet pepper strips
- 1 strip roasted red sweet pepper
- 2 pimiento-stuffed olives
1. Place thawed bread dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 22-inch long rope. Place on a large greased baking sheet forming a “snaky S” shape. Let rise in a warm place for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until double in size. Bake in a 350F oven for 20 minutes or until lightly browned and bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Remove from baking sheet to a wire rack. Cool to room temperature.
2. Hollow out the center portion of the loaf about 1-inch deep and 1-1/2-inches wide, leaving about 2-inches on each end of the loaf. Layer cheeses down the center of loaf, pressing cheese slices down into the hollowed portion of the loaf. In a medium bowl, stir together the pepperoni and pizza sauce. Spoon atop the cheese. Top with the strips of sweet pepper. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake in 350F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
3. Make a slit in the front of the loaf and insert a roasted red pepper strip for a tongue; insert two pimento stuffed olives with toothpicks for eyes. Makes 8 servings.