Four easy, & creative Halloween appetizers that are so delicious — Spiderweb 7-Layer Dip, Walking Dead Mummy Dogs, Monster Meatball Sliders, & Cheesy Monster Fingernail Bread.
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7-LAYER SPIDER WEB DIP
7-Layer Dips are already a party favorite, and this Halloween appetizer got a creative makeover adding a simple spider web and olive "spiders."
- 1 can (15 ounces) refried beans
- 1 pacet taco seasoning mix
- 1 cup sour cream, separated
- 1 cup mild or medium chunky salsa (make sure it's not watery)
- 1 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar or colby jack cheese
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 3-4 green onions, diced
- 1/2 can drained olives, separated
- 1 cup prepared guacamole
- Tortilla Chips
- 1 (10-12 inch) round plate, pie tin, or tart dish
In a small bowl mix the taco seasoning with the refried beans. Spread this mixture evenly on the bottom of a 10-12 inch plate/pie tin/tart pan. Spread 3/4 cup of the sour cream on top and then gently spread.
Add dollops of salsa and gently smooth on top. Add dollops of the guacamole spread slowly.
Slice half of the olives. Around the edge add the freshly grated cheese, thinly sliced green onions, sliced olives, and halved cherry tomatoes. With the remaining 1/4 cup of sour cream, put it into a plastic bag and cut off the tip. Squeeze the sour cream into a spider web pattern over the guacamole.
Make olive spiders -- half a few olives lengthwise and then cut a few olives into small strips. Place the halved olives in the mix and the strips around the halved olive to look like a spider.
Enjoy dip immediately or within 10-15 minutes after preparing. Serve with tortilla chips.
WALKING DEAD MUMMY DOGS
These finger food mummies are delicious and simple to make -- a Halloween appetizer favorite for kids and adults!
- 1 container (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
- 10 large hot dogs
- Cooking spray
- Mustard and/or Ketchup
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Unwrap the crescent dough and lay flat on a cutting board. Cut at the perforations to create 4 even rectangles. Press the other perforations to seal.
With a sharp knife, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 10 strips, making a total of 40 strips of dough.
Take one hot dog at a time and make two slits along the sides for the mummy’s arms. Make a slit at the bottom for the mummy’s legs.
Wrap strips of dough around the individual arms and legs and then around the body of each hotdog, leaving small space for where the mummy’s face will be.
Place the mummies on a large (ungreased) baking sheet and lightly spray the dough with cooking spray.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the dough is light golden brown. Pour some mustard in a plastic bag and snip off the tip of the bag with scissors. Pipe "eyes" on the mummies.
Enjoy the mummy dogs with extra mustard and ketchup if desired.
CHEESY BREAD “FINGERS”
This Halloween appetizer definitely deserves a spot on your Halloween Dinner Party Menu! This cheesy bread is beyond delicious!
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 cup freshly grated Mozzarella cheese (don't use bagged mozzarella)
- 2 cups freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup regular, full-fat mayo
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 1 loaf of French of Ciabatta bread, halved
- 1 bag (6 ounces) Pepperoni, cut in quarters
Preheat the oven to broil on high. Slice the loaf of bread in half horizontally (crusts down) and place both halves on a large baking sheet (line with foil, parchment paper, or spay with cooking spray). Set aside.
In a bowl, mix the softened butter and garlic together until smooth. In a separate large bowl, mix together the cheeses, mayo and sour cream until combined. Combine the two mixtures.
Spread and smooth the cheese mixture evenly on both loaves. Place the cheesy bread under the broiler for 2-4 minutes or until nicely browned. Watch carefully to avoid burning the bread!!
Meanwhile, cut the pepperoni's in quarters to resemble a finger nail.
Remove and allow to slightly cool before cutting (use a sharp bread knife) into thin slices (resemble "fingers"). Place one pepperoni wedge at the top of each of the thin slices.
Enjoy immediately with a side of marinara sauce if desired.
These spooky Halloween appetizers are fun, filling, and easy to make!
- 1 bag frozen Italian meatballs (OR see the recipe notes for my favorite homemade meatballs!)
- 1 jar (24 ounces) high quality marinara sauce
- 24 dinner rolls
- 1 block (16 ounces) mozzarella cheese, separated
- 1/2 of 1 jar black olives, sliced
Prepare the meatballs according to package directions (or follow the link in the recipe notes and follow directions to make those meatballs!)
Combine the cooked meatballs with the marinara sauce. Meanwhile, cut 48 teeth out of the block of mozzarella cheese (or however many sliders you are making) Grate the rest of the cheese to get about 1 cup.
When ready to serve, halve the dinner rolls and sprinkle some shredded mozzarella on the bottom rolls. Top each with the hot marinara covered meatballs, more sauce, and the top of the sandwich roll.
Thinly slice olives and attach one slice to a toothpick. Insert the toothpick in the top of the sliders. Press the cut out mozzarella teeth to the meatballs. Serve immediately.
Favorite homemade meatballs: https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/mini-mozzarella-meatballs-pappardelle/ EASY Crockpot Version: https://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/crockpot-meatball-sliders-video/
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