November 4, 2007

Halloween Party!

On October 27, my husband and I threw a spooky Halloween bash. It turned out to be quite the collaborative effort as our friends and family contributed with either food or decorations. The evening was enjoyed by all that attended.

Our menu included:

Magnolia Vanilla Cupcakes (with the cutest Halloween decorations ever - supplied by my in-laws!)
Potato Skins with Bacon, Cheddar Cheese and Chives - see below
Black Bean Dip in an Eggplant O'Lantern
Brie with Tapenade
Electric Jello Brains

Potato Skins with Cheddar, Bacon and Chives

6 potatoes, washed and cut in half lengthwise
2 c shredded old cheddar cheese
1c crumbled, freshly cooked bacon
Salt & Pepper
1/3 c chives, snipped into 2 cm pieces
sour cream (optional)
Set your oven for 375 F. Place the halved potatoes on a baking sheet, skin side down. Sprinkle with S&P and prick the flesh a few times with a fork. Bake in the oven for about an hour or until the flesh is fully cooked.

When finished, remove from oven and allow to cool. Once the potatoes are at room temp, use a spoon to scoop out most of the flesh; leaving it about 1 cm thick around the potato skin. Put the scooped out part to the side and use later for gnocchi or perogies.

If serving large portions, leave the skins whole. If serving as an appetizer, cut the skins in halves or quarters and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese and bacon on each potato skin. Place in the oven at 375 for about 10 min. or until the cheese melts.

Once they are out of the oven finish them will a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chives.

Makes about 24 appetizer sized pieces.

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