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Quick & Easy Eyeball Appetizer Recipes

Does anyone out there know why eyeballs are supposed to be so scary? Although the answer may never be known, a proper Halloween BOO-ffet table would not be complete without an eyeball or two. Eerie Eyeballs and Eyes of Newt are quick and easy, perfect for serving on Halloween.

Eerie Eyeballs

Makes 24 Very Scary eyeballs
12 eggs, (hard-cooked) with shell on
3 cups cold water
2 tablespoons red food color
1 tablespoon vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dehydrated onion flakes, or 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh onion
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons salad dressing
1 teaspoon spicy brown mustard, or spicy mustard with horseradish
1 teaspoon lemon juice

8 green olives, stuffed with pimento, sliced
  1. Roll each of the eggs against the counter making several cracks.
  2. In a bowl large enough to accommodate all 12 of the eggs, mix the water, red food color, and vinegar.

  3. Place the eggs in the bowl and let sit 30-45 minutes.

  4. Remove the eggs from the water and peel. The red food coloring will have seeped onto the egg white and will look like veins.

  5. Cut the eggs in half crosswise, remove the yolks to a small bowl, and slice a tiny piece of egg white from each of the ends so that the eyeballs will sit on the tray without rolling.

  6. Meanwhile, mash the egg yolks with a fork, then stir in the salt, pepper, onion, mayonnaise, salad dressing, mustard, and lemon juice.

  7. Mash until smooth, and correct seasoning if necessary.

  8. Either transfer the mixture to a decorating bag with a 1/2" plain tip, or transfer the mixture to a disposable storage bag and cut a small hole in one of the corners; pipe the mixture into the egg whites.

  9. Press an olive slice onto the tops of each egg.

  10. If not serving immediately, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Note: If these eggs are made ahead, the "veins" will begin to disappear and the outsides of the eggs will turn pink. If possible, I recommend that you fill and decorate the eggs just before serving; however, the eggs taste just as good whether the "veins" look real or not.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 67 Calories from Fat 52
Percent Total Calories From: Fat 78% Protein 19% Carb. 3%

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 107 mg
Sodium 136 mg
Total Carbohydrate 1 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 3 g

Vitamin A 3% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 2%

Eyes of Newt

A longtime ingredient in witches potions, Eyes of Newt are perfect for a Halloween BOO-ffet. A newt is a type of salamander, and newts aren't available at my local grocery store; neither are the eyes. Hence, if I want to serve Eyes of Newt, I have to make them myself.

Makes 48 Eyes of Newt
8 8 flour tortillas

1 1/2 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
12 ounces thinly sliced ham, or substitute any thinly sliced meat such as roast beef or even pepperoni or salami
2 tablespoons dried or chives, or finely sliced fresh chives

Sliced black or green olives
Pimento Pieces
  1. Lay the flour tortillas out on a flat surface.

  2. Spread each with about 1/2 ounce of the cream cheese.

  3. Cover each with the ham, cutting to fit the tortillas.

  4. Spread another 1/2 ounce of the cream cheese on the ham; sprinkle with chives.

  5. Roll the tortillas up tightly, using more cream cheese if necessary to make the ends stick.

  6. Trim the edges of each of the rolls, each roll into six thick slices, and stand the pieces on end.

  7. Transfer the remaining cream cheese to a sandwich bag.

  8. Snip one of the corners, and pipe a small amount of cream cheese on each of the rolls.

  9. Top each with an olive slice and a piece of pimento in the middle of the olive.

Note: These eyeballs can be made ahead; cover tightly and refrigerate until serving time.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 108 Calories from Fat 59
Percent Total Calories From:
Fat 55% Protein 18% Carb. 27%

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Cholesterol 21 mg
Sodium 238 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 5 g

Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 7% Calcium 0% Iron 2%

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