The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and small children everywhere are dressed like the stuff of nightmares. It is, my friends, time for Halloween. And this year, we’re taking our Halloween festivities beyond store-bought costumes and pumpkin beer. One of the best parts of holiday entertaining involves getting to enjoy your own delicious cooking. All the more reason to take your Halloween party apps and snacks up a notch – no candy required. Here, we count down our top 10 favorite Halloween recipes, some scary, some silly – all delicious. Make ‘em with Tender Belly pork for a gourmet twist: Crispy Phyllo Wrapped Hot Dog Mummies: Use Tender Belly franks to add even more flavor to this fun and kid-friendly version of pigs in a blanket. Click here for the recipe. Pepper Popper Fingers:Stuff jalapeno peppers with cheese and Tender Belly bacon, and then add a little ketchup and an almond slice to give them a creepy, crawly “fingers” look.Click here for the recipe. Pork Mummy:Follow your Hot Dog Mummies appetizers with this mouth-watering main entrée. Pork tenderloin is the star of this feast, with a zippy Dijon that will get rave reviews. Click here to try it. Bedeviled Eggs:Go beyond your typical deviled eggs in both flavor and presentation. Behold, Bedeviled Eggs. Whip up your favorite deviled eggs recipe using Tender Belly bacon or pulled pork, and kick in a little cayenne for extra heat. Then, click here to find out how to decorate your eggs like the little devils they are, using chives, scallions and red bell pepper. Devils on Horseback:This classic British pub snack combines the sweetness of prunes and port with bacon. (A no-brainer, right?) Get creative by adding toasted walnuts, blue cheese, a drizzle of honey and more. Click here for the recipe.Monster Meatloaf:Quick, delicious – and nightmare-inducing. Tender Belly bacon and white onions turn an ordinary meatloaf into a perfectly spooky entrée. See the finished result here. Toasted Cashew and Bacon Brittle:OK, maybe the scariest thing about this recipe is the number of hours it’ll take you to work off the calories. But any snack that combines the ever-Autumnal taste of cashew brittle with bacon is well worth it in our book. Click here to try it yourself. Staked Squash Bites:Stick with the fall feel with this scary-simple recipe. These make for fantastic finger food or a decadent side dish. Squirmy Wormy Sandwiches:These ghoulish “worm” sandwiches are guaranteed to gross out both kids and adults – until that first bite, of course. Upgrade your hot dog and use nitrate-free 100% Berkshire pork Tender Belly franks for this recipe. Monster’s Ribs:A super spooky rib dinner using Tender Belly pork ribs and a red pepper “heart.” Take the presentation even further with a Halloween mask or a fake skull and bones. For inspiration, click here. Check out these recipes and more on our Halloween Pinterest board. Do you have a favorite Halloween recipe? Share it in the comments below – if you dare.
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