Thank you for joining me as I wrap up our four-part series on real Halloween party foods. Click here for parts one, two and three, if you missed them. I define real foods as made in nature, not in a factory. This includes minimally processed foods that are made with ingredients we recognize, and regularly use in our kitchens.
Halloween doesn’t have to be all about the sugar buzz! These real food options are easy to prepare, fun to serve and only slightly creepy to eat.
This treat couldn’t be easier. Adults can slice the celery ‘stems’ and kids can peel and assemble the pumpkins. Who doesn’t love cuties?!
- Mandarin Cuties
- Celery rib – or other suitable stem, try kiwi, honeydew or bell pepper slices
- Chef’s Knife
- Cutting Board
Peel the mandarins and chop the celery rib stems. My celery pieces are approximately 1.75 inches long and .25 inches wide.
Compost those peels, or dehydrate them for use in fire starters.
Insert a celery piece into the center of each mandarin to create the pumpkin stem. Pile them high, and serve. Simple!
You might pay a premium for a watermelon in October, but this creepy offering is totally worth it! Carve this the day before your party, wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate. If you’d like to serve it with a fruit dip, this creamy lemon fruit dip would pair nicely. We like our watermelon plain, with a little sea salt.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Visual Inspiration – Do a Google search for “free clip art brain” – either print out, or keep your laptop/tablet nearby for reference.
- Paring knife
- Chef’s knife
- Small Watermelon
- Cutting Board
Slice off the bottom of the watermelon to give it a wide, stable base.
Peel off the green skin and carefully cut most of the rind away; we want the brain to be pink, not red. I tried using a veggie peeler, but a chef’s knife was best for this step.
Once the rind is carved away, use a paring knife and your visual reference to start carving the folds. Have fun with this! Use your imagination. Channel your inner neurosurgeon. If you are a neurosurgeon, well, then bring your A game.
I softened the folds by carving the edges at a slight angle. You really can’t mess this up! Carve until you’re happy with your masterpiece.
When it’s time to serve your Bogeyman Brain, bring back that chef’s knife. It’s just perfect for this presentation!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this revolting repast. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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