Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Zombie Food!

For the refreshments at our Zombie Prom Halloween Party, I wanted to serve foods that played on the idea of human or animal brains, flesh, or bones. I had a lot of fun creating the menu, so here is a look at what the zombies ate at my party. I posted earlier about making these zombie eyeball cupcakes.. Here you can see them displayed along with some extra zombie hands. I love that my sister put the food label in the fingers of the hand!

Speaking if fingers.....I nade finger cookies. These looked SO MUCH better before I cooked them! I tried making them a few years ago using regular sugar cookie dough and forgot that they would expand when baked. This year I used a shortbread recipe and they still flattened out and expanded some. They look OK but I will have to keep working on this idea. Of anyone knows the secret please fill me in!

The hot dog fingers were also a work in progress. The original directions called for onion fingernails and string cheese bones. I was running short on time so I just made the knuckle and fingernail cuts in the hot dog and baked them. Good enough for the zombies!

These were SO easy and turned out great! I bought a can of breadstick dough and used exactly the pre/portioned amount. I simply rolled both ends inward, then stretched out the center to create the bone shape.

I made a bunch of ribs. The zombies didn't seem to care what kind of animal they came from, but they were pork and they were good!

There were jello shot brains in plastic skull cups like I have made in the past. This year instead if carving a watermelon brain or a watermelon witch, I made a Zombie Pinapple!

First I cut round holes for the eyes and two triangular slits like a skeleton's nose. I also chose to hollow out my pineapple which was very messy. It resulted in a not very thick skin that I wasn't certain would stay together. It did give me nice dark shadows in the hollow part of the nose and a little fresh fruit to eat. I'm not sure it was worth the trouble though. Next time I might skip the extra work and buy a can from Dole!

I cut the skin only off of a rectangular area below the nose. I worked the now visible areas of pineapple pulp into a few separate teeth like sections. I also inserted the eyes, some eyeball squirters from the dollar store. Because they were squishy, I was able to force part of the eye into the hole and it held itself in place.

The original zombie pineapple that I found online did not have directions but it did mention a laffy taffy tongue. Luckily my daughter received a piece of pink laffy taffy in a Halloween treat bag so I was able to use it on this project. It was already the right size too! I just rounded one end and we were set.

My other fun food creation was a meat and cheese head. I have seen these created using a plastic skull and covering it with ham. I did not have a plastic skull and I wanted to make the whole thing edible.

I started with an aluminum foil ball and added a cream cheese spread. I sculpted the cheese to look like a skull.

Then I layered on the ham to look like muscles or torn flesh.

Finally, I added the other set of dollar store eyeball squirters. When they were finished, I wrapped both "heads" in plastic and placed them in my refrigerator..... Which kind of cracked me up every time I needed something!

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