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As much as I love Halloween for the excuse to eat as much sugar and candy as possible, sometimes we need to break up all of that sweet with some savory! And besides, if you’re planning to host a Halloween party, it would be a good idea to have a variety of snacks for your guests, not just candy. Check out our Jello Worms and Eyeball Cake Pop recipes if you need some sweet snacks for your party! But for those of you looking for some Halloween themed savory snacks, we’ve got you covered with a spooky spin on some classic appetizers.
Mummy Jalapeño Cheese Poppers
These mummies are stinking adorable, cheesy, and spicy to boot! They’re the perfect finger food for sharing (or not sharing), and they’re absolutely delicious. Be warned that they are very spicy, although I will give some tips on how you can try to tone down the spice in yours.
What You’ll Need
- 10 jalapeños peppers
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 8 oz shredded pepper jack cheese (you can go with monterey jack too if you’d like to tone down the spiciness or any other cheese of your choice)
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- Salt & pepper
- Candy eyeballs (or white candy confetti and black edible marker if your local cake supply shop is out of candy eyeballs like mine was)
- 1-2 Pillsbury crescent roll (we only used 1, but it depends on how well-wrapped you want your mummies)
**Pro Tip before you get started: Working with jalapeños can actually be quite difficult as the spiciness just stays on your skin. I strongly recommend wearing gloves when handling the raw jalapeños. If you don’t have gloves, you can use lemon or lime juice to rinse your hands before washing them once you are finished, and be sure to wash your hands severals times just to be thorough.**
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Step 2: Wash and cut all of your jalapeños in half. Then, scoop out all of the insides. Be sure you don’t leave any of the seeds as they are often the spiciest part of the jalapeño!
Optional Step: If you would like to make sure that your jalapeños aren’t overwhelmingly spicy, I would recommend baking them for approximately 5-10 minutes. You don’t want to bake them for too long because you want them to still be firm enough to fill and wrap. Be sure you let them cool thoroughly before you add the filling!
Step 3: Thoroughly mix your cream cheese, shredded cheese, and salt and pepper. Then fill each of the jalapeños. Our jalapeños were a little on the big side, so I would have liked to put more of the filling in each, but we would have run out if we did.
Step 4: Pop open the Pillsbury crescent rolls (literally!) and unroll the dough. This particular dough is pretty easy to work with, so even if you don’t get yours perfectly unrolled, all you really need is to be able to cut the dough into strips.
Step 5: Wrap each jalapeño so that it looks like a mummy! You’ll want to make sure that you leave a little gap towards the top where you can stick the eyes into the cheese!
Step 6: Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes; check occasionally for doneness. You basically want the dough to be a nice golden brown.
Step 7: Add the candy eyeballs! If your local cake supply store is out of eyeballs, this is nothing that a little problem solving can’t fix! Having the eyeballs would have saved us some time but we were easily able to take some candy confetti and use a black edible marker to draw the little pupils on our confetti, and we thought they turned out just fine!
These little guys will be such a hit and are so delicious. You may just want to make them at home for yourself or your family!
Rotten Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are probably my favorite party food. My family had deviled eggs at every family gathering or holiday party we had, so for me, they’re a special occasion type of snack. Now what makes these great for Halloween is that there are only a few extra steps to make them look rotten! Don’t worry, they aren’t literally rotten, even though they might look it!
What You’ll Need:
- Eggs (we went with 6, but you can do however many you want)
- Gel food coloring (you need at least green and blue)
- Mustard (we prefer dijon mustard)
- Worcestershire sauce
- Vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- Ziploc bags
Step 1: Place your eggs into a saucepan with at least 1-2 inches of water covering the eggs. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Then, remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for about 13 minutes.
Optional Step: This next step is optional, but it makes peeling your eggs so much easier. As you wait for the eggs to finish, fill a bowl with ice and water. After the 13 minutes are up, remove the eggs from the saucepan, and put them into the ice bath for about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Next, you’re going to gently crack your eggs. You can gently roll them on a towel on the counter, or you can use a spoon and crack them with the back of the spoon. I tried the countertop method, but apparently I don’t know my own strength; basically, my first egg wasn’t cracking, so I accidentally went Hulk hands on it, and split the entire thing down the middle. Whoops!
Step 3: Once you’ve got your eggs nice and cracked, put them into a Ziploc bag and add your food coloring! Feel free to have fun here! I stuck with my blue and added some reds to make purple in one bag, and then added green to the other bag to make teal. Make sure you the eggs are thoroughly covered in the food color.
Step 4: You’re going to want to let the eggs soak up the color, so let them sit for a bit on the counter. I let mine sit for about an hour, but the longer you wait, the more saturated your eggs will become!
Step 5: Peel your eggs, and then rinse them with the apple cider vinegar to remove excess food color (you could probably do this with water too, tbh).
Step 6: Cut your eggs in half lengthwise, and scoop out the yolk into a bowl. Then, add your mayonnaise, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce to taste.
Step 7: Next, you can play with colors again! We started out by adding a little bit of blue to the yolk, and then added green to get it to a nice bright green color.
Step 8: Put your mixture into a Ziploc, and cut a tiny piece off of the corner to make a piping bag! Then, you can pipe your filling into the eggs and top with paprika!
Both of these snacks are just so perfect for your upcoming Halloween parties! If you’re looking for some great drink ideas, try these Harry Potter drinks! Sure, they’re not technically Halloween themed, but it’s Harry Potter! Harry Potter is appropriate for everything. If you decide to make them, let us know by tagging us @6nerdychicks! We’d love to see your results!