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Sunday, November 1, 2009

C'est L'Halloween!

We had the privilege of having the Missionaries serving in our ward, over for dinner last night. Every year I want Halloween to be more fun than the last and although I really wanted to throw a party, this came just as close. I made a frightful dinner and a creepy dessert and we all had a great time.

On the menu:

Monster Mash Potatoes
(Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes)

Dracula's Heart
(Cranberry Pork Roast)

Witch's Fingers
(Carrots, Doye!)

....and drank:

(Cranberry Juice)

For dessert we ate:

Wormy Apple Bars

We love having the Elders over for dinner and hopefully they love us too!

Elder Tingy & Elder Bisseger
....with friendly ghosts in the background
(I love how this picture turned out!)


Cranberry Pork Roast

3-4 lbs Pork Shoulder or Butt Roast
1 bag Cranberries
1 cup Honey
1/8 Tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1/8 Tsp. Ground Cloves
1/8 Tsp. Ground Ginger
Zest of 1 med Orange
Put Pork Roast in a crock pot. Mix next 6 ingredients in a food processor or blender. Pour cranberry mixture on top of pork roast. Cook on Low 8 hours. Serves 6-8 people

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

8-10 Russet Potatoes, washed and scrubbed
6-8 Bulbs of Roasted Garlic (instructions will follow)
1/2 cup Butter
1/4-1/2 cup of Heavy Cream or Half & Half
Cut potatoes (with skin on) into small quarters. Cook in salted water for 15-20 min or are tender when poked with a fork. Drain.
Add butter, cream & roasted garlic. Whip or mash until no visible lumps can be found. Add salt and pepper to taste.

How to roast garlic:

Start by removing as much skin of the bulb as you can without removing each individual clove. Cut the tops off the garlic bulbs about an 1/8 or 1/4 in. Place each bulb on a piece of foil and pour a tsp of olive oil on the top. Wrap up the bulb in the foil and place on a foil lined cookie sheet.
Place in a preheated 400°F oven for 45 min. Turn oven down to 350°F and leave garlic in there for another 30-45 min. Remove from oven and let cool for about 15-20 minutes. Unwrap from foil. To remove roasted garlic, use a fork or simply squish it out.

Wormy Apple Bars
I got this recipe from my girlfriend Kate. But she got it from Pillsbury. You can find the recipe here.


Candice said...

What a cute menu! It sounds like you had a lot of fun, and the food looks delicious.

Sarah said...

You rule! I bet they had a great time. :-D

Chesney said...

cute! looks like fun

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