Side Dishes

Spooky Sloppy Joes | Ghoulish Garnishes | Monster Mash Meatball Soup | Spooky Garnishes | Pizza Biscuit Bears

Spooky Sloppy Joes


1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped orange bell pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce with basil, garlic and oregano
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 Kaiser Rolls split
1/8 teaspoon pepper


  1. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat until it is hot. Add ground beef, onion and bell pepper; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking it into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove drippings.

  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 3 minutes or until it is heated through, keep stirring occasionally.

  3. Spoon equal amounts of beef mixture on bottom half of each roll. Decorate beef mixture or roll tops with vegetable decorations, as desired. Close with top half of each roll.

Ghoulish Garnishes


Black Olive and Orange Bell Pepper Spider
Green Onion broomsticks
Cheddar Cheese Jack-o-Lantern Faces
Cheese Curl Horns
Olive Bats


  1. To make one spider, cut pitted black olive in half lengthwise and place each half slightly overlapping in center of ground beef mixture or on center of roll top.

  2. Slice orange bell pepper into eight 1/4-inch thick strips. Place each strips in spoke fashion around olive to make legs. Cut two small pepper pieces to make antennas. Place above olive slices.

  3. To make a jack-o-lantern face, cut out pumpkin shape from Cheddar cheese slice with cookie cutter. Using small thin-bladed knife cut out mouth, nose and eyes from pumpkin shape. Place cheese cut-outs on top of ground meat mixture or on roll top.

  4. To make cheese curl horns, insert two cheese curl snacks vertically into roll top.

  5. To make green onion broomsticks, cut off the root end of a green onion with small thin-bladed knife. Carefully cut thin slits 1/2 inch deep lengthwise into the white part of the onion. Soak sliced part of onion in cold water so ends curl up. Place on plate with Spooky Sloppy Joe.

  6. To make olive bats, cut sliced black olives in half. Arrange halves on top of bun to resemble bat wings.

  7. To make ghosts, use cookie cutters to cut ghost shapes from cheese slices.

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Monster Mash Meatball Soup:


1 cup of frozen vegetable mixture, such as broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
1 (16-ounce) package of frozen fully-cooked beef meatballs
2 cups of water
1 (14-1/2 ounce-ounce) can diced tomatoes with roasted garlic
1 (14 to 14-1/2-ounce) can of ready-to-serve beef broth
3/4 cup uncooked Halloween pasta shapes


  1. Combine frozen vegetables, water, broth, tomatoes and pasta in large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 8 minutes or until pasta is just tender.

  2. Meanwhile microwave the meatballs according to package directions. Then add the meatballs to soup; simmer it for 3 minutes or until the meatballs are heated through. Garnish with spooky decorations, as desired.

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Spooky Garnishes:


Dairy Sour Cream Full Moon
Parmesan Cheese Ghosts
Creepy Croutons
Black Olive Bats


  1. To make a dairy sour cream full moon, spoon small amount of sour cream on top of soup forming full moon shape.

  2. To make black olive bats, thinly slice olives crosswise into rings. Cut rings in half. Place olive slices on top of sour cream full moon to form bat wings.

  3. To make Parmesan ghosts, place ghost shaped cookie cutter on the baking sheet. Place shredded Parmesan cheese inside the cookie cutter, pressing down slightly with fingers to form shape.

  4. Carefully remove cookie cutter and repeat it to make desired amount of ghosts. Bake it at a temperature of 350°F (175°C) for 3 minutes. Remove it from oven, cool slightly. Remove ghosts with spatula to wire rack. Cool it completely. Serve it with soup.

  5. To make creepy croutons, cut sliced white bread into Halloween shapes with cookie cutters. Place the shapes on baking sheet; sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese. Bake the shapes at a temperature of 350°F for about 10 minutes or until bread is toasted and cheese begins to brown.

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Pizza Biscuit Bears:


1 (16.3-ounce) tube large of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
12 slices ripe olives
12 slices pepperoni
1 (2-ounce) jar sliced pimientos, drained
1 tablespoon of chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 (8-ounce) can pizza sauce, warmed


  1. Separate the biscuits, place six biscuits 3 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Cut each remaining biscuit into six pieces; roll each into balls. Attach two balls to each other, whole biscuit for ears; pinch dough to seal.

  2. Decorate each bear with a pepperoni slice on each ear, olive slices for eyes, green pepper for nose, two pimiento strips for mouth and mozzarella cheese for furry forelock.

  3. Bake it at a temperature of 375°F (190°C) for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

  4. Serve it with pizza sauce.

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