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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Dinner at the Haunted Mansion: Sinister Spread with Black Bread, Fermented Fruit, and Bedeviled Eggs

For this year's Halloween Meal, the theme was "Dinner at the Haunted Mansion." 

You've already seen the table setting pictures, so now we'll be enjoying the food portion of the evening.

This blog post will feature the appetizer portion.

And so it begins....

For the Sinister Spread, I heated trimmed the top layer of rind from a wheel of brie. I placed it in a baking dish and put it into a 350-degree toaster oven for about 10 minutes. Here's the recipe for the topping:  Tomato Basil Jam

I opened a jar of this homemade tomato basil jam and placed it in a small saucepan over very low heat until heated through. Then it was simply a matter of spooning the hot jam over the warmed brie.  Served with the pumpernickel slices, this was really a crowd pleaser.

Now for the "Fermented Fruit."  Since this was a Halloween party, the darker fruit the better! Blackberries, blueberries, and a new fruit for me, Moondrop Grapes. These grapes are so juicy and delicious.  I'm a fan!

Another appetizer offering was "Bedeviled Eggs." A touch of hot sauce and a few dashes of wasabi powder was the perfect additive to make these eggs spookily delicious.

3 eggs
2 T. mayonnaise
1 t. yellow mustard
a few drops of your favorite hot sauce
1/2 t. wasabi powder
1 T. dill or sweet pickle relish
salt and pepper to taste
broccoli sprouts

Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and let cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Fill the saucepan with cold water and let eggs cool.

Peel eggs and slice horizontally. Remove yolks and place in a small bowl. With a fork, mash yolks until smooth. Add mayonnaise, mustard, hot sauce, wasabi powder, salt, and pepper. Stir combine and using a small spoon, gently fill the whites with the egg yolk mixture. Place eggs on serving plate or tray and top with broccoli sprouts.

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