Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Traditional Halloween Dinner

My sister Jamie has been eating this dinner every Halloween for the last 7 years! It is such a fun tradition and one that I think I'll try for my kids too! It is super yummy and lots of fun for the family. Something to look forward to every year for sure.

Pizza Dip in a Pumpkin
Jamie Matthews
1 small pumpkin (about 2 1/2 lbs.)
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
1 TBSP butter
2 1/2 cups pizza sauce (or marinara sauce)
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup ham or pepperoni (chopped)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
*Breadsticks- recipe below

Scoop out pumpkin; put lid on; place on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 350 for 20-25 minutes.

In saucepan saute onion and green pepper in butter.  Stir in pizza sauce, mozarella cheese, ham or pepperoni, parmesan cheese, and Italian Seasoning.  Heat through until cheese is melted.  Pour into hot pumpkin.  (The pumpkin doesn't change the flavor of the sauce, it just keeps it warm and looks really cute).

Shelly's Breadsticks 
Shelly Davis

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 T yeast
2 T sugar

3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt

1 stick butter, melted
Garlic Salt
Parmesan cheese
Mix warm water, yeast and sugar together. Let it work until yeast rises.  About 5-10 min.
Pour yeast mixture into bowl with flour and salt.  Knead a couple minutes.  Then put into greased bowl (I usually use the same bowl I stirred everything in, dirty and all, I just spray PAM over it) and cover with a dishcloth.  Let rise 1 hour.
Roll out dough.  Cut into breadsticks (I usually get about 16 or so).
Melt 1 stick butter (margarine works too, but the butter gets the breadsticks more crunchy around the edges).  Dip breadsticks in butter, then twist them, and put on cookie sheet.  After you've put all the breadsticks on the cookie sheet, sprinkle liberally with garlic salt and parmesan cheese. Now let them rise another 30-45 minutes. 
Then cook them at 425 for about 15 minutes.

Orange Halloween Drink
Jamie Matthews 

1 can (46 oz) pineapple juice, chilled
3 cups Sprite
3 cups orange drink (I usually use Koolaid)
2 Liters GingerAle, chilled
1/2 gallon Orange Sherbet

Mix the liquids together and serve with Orange Sherbet.....rootbeer float style!


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