Bloody Eyeballs with a side of Worms
What kid does not love Halloween? After all, it is the one time of the year when large amounts of sugar is allowed for consumption. The kids I know live for this day of the year, and when I asked them why, it wasn’t about the costume. It is the “candy”.
I don’t have children, but if I did, I would make sure their bellies were full of something nutritious before heading out for an evening of sugar debauchery. Keeping with the Halloween theme, I would want to make the meal fun, something to make them squeal with delight.
What kid wouldn’t love a big bowl of bloody eyeballs with a side of slippery worms to begin the evening. I took my favorite meatball recipe which I make with a combination of ground beef and pork. I added an olive to create the eery eyeball. The blood is a reduction of tomatoes, a little red wine (don’t worry the alcohol burns off) to add depth to the color and some balsamic to add a bite of sweetness. The slippery worms are merely fresh cooked pasta that has been tossed with a little olive oil.
This is a recipe sure to please the pickiest child, both young and old. Happy Halloween!
Denise Woodward doesn’t believe there is anything that cannot be made at home. All of her recipes are made using the fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her recipes have been featured on Eat Boutique, the Mushroom Channel, Saveur.com, Foodies of the World, PBS and Fine Cooking.
Denise also creates the recipes on the popular food blog Chez Us. Saveur has featured Chez Us as one of 50 Food Blogs You Should Be Reading as well as one of the Sites They Love. Be sure to read more about what they are cooking up over at Chez Us.