A spook-tacular Halloween snack box

By Prachi Grover

Eid, Durga Pooja, Halloween, Diwali, Christmas and more… I am talking about the last four months of this year. I love the second half of the year as it is dotted with festivals! Doing up the house, making edible gifts for loved ones, having friends and family over and of course sending my little girl to school with special lunchbox are all part of each of these days.

Growing up in India we did not observe Halloween. Things are a little different for Sara. Like many expatriate kids, she is growing up in a country where she is blessed to have friends from mixed cultures and nationalities. She also gets to observe and learn from different festivals and occasions. Join me and my little chefling where she helps me put together to make a special Halloween and a Diwali snack box for school. So here’s to pumpkins, ghosts, witches’ hats and the most important of all – Trick or Treat!

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Halloween Pumpkin Bites

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Serves: 2

Ingredients

For the mini pumpkin bites:

  • 1-2 slices of cheese of your choice
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin puree
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder (optional but we like the hint of fall it imparts to the sandwich)
  • salt
  • A slice of whole wheat bread 1 tsp butter

Rest of the snack box:

  • 4-5 yellow baby tomatoes
  • edible black pen
  • 1 boiled egg
  • handful of pumpkin seeds

To finish:

  • black and/or orange napkins
  • Halloween theme toothpicks

Method

To make the mini pumpkin bites:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180º Celsius.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, paprika, cinnamon and salt to taste.
  3. Cut out bread “pumpkins” using a pumpkin cookie cutter. I got four tiny “pumpkins”. Repeat the same with the cheese slice.
  4. Butter one side of each of the pieces of bread and toast them in the oven butter side down for about 30 seconds.
  5. Take a bread pumpkin (butter side down) followed by a cheese pumpkin, pumpkin puree, another cheese pumpkin and finally another bread pumpkin, butter side up. Repeat for the next mini pumpkin bite.
  6. Grill for 5 minutes, flip and grill for 5 more minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

To put together the rest of the box:

  1. Draw spooky faces on the yellow baby tomatoes with an edible food marker.
  2. Do the same for the boiled egg.
  3. Finish with a handful of pumpkin seeds. Goes perfectly with the theme and they are super healthy!
  4. Add the paper napkins and some tooth picks before you pack her/him to school.
[This recipe has been created exclusively for FoodeMag dxb]

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