It's that time of year again! The time when I make all kinds of weird, creepy looking food (with gross names) in the spirit of Halloween and my sweet husband happily eats it all anyway. I am definitely still a kid at heart and really enjoy making spooky food. Last year, I made such delights as chocolate oatmeal with ghosts for breakfast, deviled eyes as a snack, and for dinner vampire bat legs with maggots, serpentine stromboli, and baked mice. Dessert was honey caramel apples, which is not remotely creepy but still very festive.
Some of these I plan to make again this year because they were so good, but of course I had to find some new fun recipes for this year! To kick things off, I made the horrifying but yummy Worms and Blood. Found the idea last year on Our Best Bites (go check out their blog if you want even more great Halloween food ideas). Okay, so the worms are just sliced hot dogs and the blood is barbecue sauce. The effect is pretty spooky though and it tastes quite good. I used homemade barbecue sauce, but you can use whatever kind you want. Enjoy!
Worms and Blood
8 hot dogs
1/2 T butter
1/2 C barbecue sauce
Slice each hot dog lengthwise into 8 pieces so they're long and skinny like worms. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium-high and add the hot dogs. Saute, stirring frequently, until the hot dogs curl up and get a little browned. Reduce the heat and add the barbecue sauce, stirring until it's heated through. Serve on hot dog buns.
Yield: About 6 sandwiches, depending on how much you put on each bun. They reheat well, or you can very easily cook less hot dogs and just use less BBQ sauce.