This is it. I have truly gone over the edge. But I can’t help it! I get a kick out of being creative with food, and having a bit of Halloween fun makes me happy. 🎃 I share this with you purely for the fun of it. These two recipes are not what I would call “amazing” from a flavor perspective, and they take a stupid amount of time, but if you’d like to play along with me, I will share how I did it. Let’s have a bit of fun – because life needs more fun/frivolity/silliness/art-for-art’s-sake, yeah?
Sweet Potato/Apple Butter Jack-o-lanterns By www.wendisaipkitchen.com
- 1 very fat sweet potato
- 1/4 C. EDEN ORGANIC APPLE BUTTER*
- 1/2 t. cinnamon
- 1/2 t. molasses
- 1/4 t. ground cloves
- Melted coconut oil for brushing
- Sea salt for sprinkling
(*Note: I’m being specific about the brand of apple butter because the ingredients are only organic apples and organic apple juice concentrate. I found mine at Whole Foods, but I’ve included the link if you want to order.)
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Wash sweet potato, but don’t bother peeling it. Cut twelve 1/4” slices that are big enough to accommodate a cookie cutter. TIP: if you cut slightly on the diagonal, you’ll get a wider slice.
- Spread slices on a plate, and microwave for one minute. This makes them soft enough to carve.
- Choose six of the best slices to be the tops, and carve faces in them, or use teeny fondant/dough cutters as I have done here. (See? I told you I went over the top!)
- Mix together apple butter, cinnamon, molasses, and ground cloves. Spread apple butter mixture on a bottom slice, top with a face, and place on a rack on a roasting sheet. Repeat for the rest of the slices so that you have six jack-o-lanterns.
- Brush with oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for ten minutes. Serve warm with the leftover apple butter mixture.
Jicama/Guacamole Ghosts By www.wendisaipkitchen.com
- 1 very fat jicama
- 1 avocado
- Juiced lime, to taste
- Sea salt, to taste
- Black olive slices
- Slice jicama into 12 thin slices approximately 1/4” thick. Using a ghost cookie cutter, cut a ghost shape out of each slice.
- Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, scoop out the flesh and place in a bowl. Add lime juice and sea salt. Mash it all together with a fork.
- Spread some guac on a ghost. Place another ghost shape on top. Repeat for all shapes until you have six ghost sandwiches.
- Cut olive slices into eyes and smiles. Glue them onto the shapes with a dab of guac. TIP: you can poke a small hole in the corner of a zip top bag, put some guac in the bag and pipe it onto the ghost to glue the olive pieces. (Yes. I have gone completely mad. This takes so much time! But we’re doing it for the joy of it! 😁)
- Serve these immediately with the leftover guacamole.
There you have it. I highly recommend doing this only for your family, and not for a Halloween party because, seriously. You’re going to have enough stress on you without trying to glue tiny black olive eyes onto a jicama ghost with piped guacamole! 🤣
Thank you for joining me on this healing journey. I wish you so much joy and happiness. HAPPY OCTOBER!!!
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