Q#186: If Halloween was the kind of holiday where you gathered for dinner–and kept the spooky theme going–what (actually edible) items could/should be on the menu (other than candy)?

I got to thinking about this when making my ham earlier (T-Day’s gonna stretch over the weekend because I just got over a sinus infection and finally got my taste buds back… and I’m experimenting with half a dozen recipes, so not much time for other stuff this week). I am so glad I got both a turkey and a ham because the turkey was giving me so much grief. But I consulted my ATK “Complete Autumn & Winter Cookbook” and found a ham recipe I wanted to try. It was just the spiral cut ham but with a cherry-based glaze.

And when it was resting and got the 2nd coat of the glaze (which smelled and tasted damned good), this was the result:

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It made me think that it looks like the gruesome centerpiece for a Halloween meal. the bone sticking out the top looks like a big bloody eyeball the more I stare at it.

Of course, I love Halloween, even if I haven’t participated much the past couple of years. But this dish (and licking the rest of the bloody-looking glaze off the spatula with glee) made me think about holiday dinners. More than that, what seasonal dish could fit with late October and the “spooky theme” more.

I came up short. Just this fantastic bloody-looking ham (that tastes bloody awesome. I’m keeping that glaze recipe forever and will always have a bottle of port on hand to make more). It just made me wonder what other fantastic edibles could be the sides of a rather fun, tasty, gruesome-looking meal.

Have any of you guys ever found a recipe (or a weird-looking preparation) that you tried out, found tasty, and would probably fit in with Halloween pretty nicely? I think I’m gonna try to find some myself and next year have a Halloween holiday dinner.

Floor’s yours… the question just won’t leave me be.

2 thoughts on “Q#186: If Halloween was the kind of holiday where you gathered for dinner–and kept the spooky theme going–what (actually edible) items could/should be on the menu (other than candy)?

  1. ali redford says:

    I always thought oyster stew would be a superlative Halloween dish, because in the pot, it looks like mice doing the dead man’s float. And even so, it is delicious.

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