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Flavors of Home - Goblin Goodies

Thursday, October 9, 2003

Witch's Brew
Scare up some frightfully fantastic foods for your Halloween party. Treat guests -- kids and adults alike -- to a howlin' good time feasting on this devilishly delicious menu.

Start With a Punch …

Cast a spell on partygoers with a cup of wickedly wonderful Witch's Brew, served from a jack-o-lantern punch bowl.

Move to the Main Dishes …

Guests can enjoy Spooky Sloppy Joes, decorated in all sorts of ghoulish guises, or a bewitching bowl of Monster Meatball Soup.

Finish With a Sweet Treat …

Terrifically tasty Scary Tarts topped with fun and frightful sights promise a fiendishly fine ending to a goblin good party!

No tricks to preparing this tasty menu of quick and simple treats. Convenient, fully-cooked beef meatballs are the time-trimmers for the savory soup, while everybody's favorite ground beef stars in the Spooky Sloppy Joes. And sweetened condensed milk magically adds both special flavor and a creamy texture to the punch and the tarts.

Spooky Sloppy Joes
Scary Tarts

Total preparation and chilling time: 25 minutes

1 can (14 ounces) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)

1 cup cold water

1 package (4-serving size) instant white chocolate flavor pudding mix

Monster Meatball Soup
2 cups frozen nondairy whipped topping, thawed

2 packages (4 ounces each) single serve graham cracker pie crusts


Assorted candies, colored sprinkles or Halloween candy cut outs

1. Blend Eagle Brand and water with mixer or wire whisk in large bowl. Beat in pudding mix until blended.

2. Chill at least 10 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into pie crusts; chill and decorate, as desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes 12 tarts.

Witch's Brew

Total preparation time: 5 minutes

1 can (14 ounces) Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)

1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice

1 bottle (2 liters) orange soda, chilled

Orange sherbet (optional)

1. Stir together Eagle Brand and pineapple juice in large punch bowl; add orange soda.

2. Top with sherbet, if desired. Serve over ice. Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes 4 quarts.

Spooky Sloppy Joes

Total preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes

1 pound ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped orange or red bell pepper

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce with basil, garlic and oregano

1/2 cup chili sauce

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

4 hamburger buns, split

Ghoulish Garnishes (see Cook's Tips, below)

1. Brown ground beef with onion and bell pepper in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles. Pour off drippings.

2. Stir in tomato sauce, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and black pepper. Cook an additional 3 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

3. Spoon equal amounts of beef mixture on bottom half of each bun. Close with top half of each bun. Decorate beef mixture or bun tops with decorations, as desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Cook's Tips: To make olive bats, cut sliced black olives in half. Arrange halves on top of bun to resemble bat wings.

To make ghosts, use cookie cutters to cut ghost shapes from cheese slices.

Monster Meatball Soup

Total preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes

1 package (16 ounces) frozen fully-cooked beef meatballs

1 cup frozen vegetable mixture (such as broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)

2 cups water

1 can (14 to 14-1/2 ounces) ready-to-serve beef broth

1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with roasted garlic

3/4 cup uncooked small pasta shapes (such as Halloween, alphabet or wagon wheel)

Dairy sour cream (optional)

1. Combine frozen vegetables, water, broth, undrained tomatoes and pasta in large saucepan; bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer according to package directions until pasta is just tender.

2. Meanwhile, microwave meatballs according to package directions. Add meatballs to soup; heat through. Serve with sour cream, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Cook's Tip: For an extra special touch, serve Parmesan Toasts with the soup. Cut sliced white bread into Halloween shapes with cookie cutters. Place shapes on baking sheet; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake shapes in 350°F oven about 10 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese begins to brown.

Additional dessert recipes, cooking tips and holiday entertaining ideas can be found at www.eaglebrand.com>

Log on to www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com for recipes, cooking timetables and other helpful information about beef.

All Materials Courtesy of:

Scary Tarts
Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

National Cattlemen's Beef Association & Cattlemen's Beef Board

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