No Tricks, Just Treats: Halloween Snacktivities with Chef Laura

Fall festivities and Halloween decorations are just around the corner, and we have a frightful feast that’s perfect for this holiday!

Whether you are trick-or-treating, participating in a trunk-or-treat, or having a small celebration at home, we have fun ideas for a themed family dinner that everyone will enjoy. Check out our recipe remix for the Turkey and Harvest Vegetable Hand, plus our kid-friendly snacks that are perfect for young ghouls and goblins!

Jack-O’-Lantern Hand Pies

Recipe Remix for Turkey and Harvest Vegetable Hand Pies.

Ingredients

  • Dream Dinners Turkey and Harvest Vegetable Hand Pies
  • 3-inch diameter circular cookie cutter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Thaw in the refrigerator. REMOVE PIE SHELL AND KEEP IN FREEZER. DO NOT THAW.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. While the oven is preheating, remove the pie shells from the freezer and lay them out to thaw for 8-10 minutes.
  3. In a medium sauté pan, heat 1 Tbsp. of olive oil over med-high heat. Add ground turkey and break into bite-size crumbles with a spatula. Cook for 5-7 minutes, then drain any excess liquid.
  4. Add the root vegetable mix to ground turkey and cook until heated through (approximately 5-7 minutes), breaking up large vegetables into bite-size pieces if necessary.
  5. Reduce heat to low, add gravy, and mix well. Allow the sauce to simmer for 5 minutes until it has thickened. Remove from heat.
  6. Meanwhile, place the thawed pie shell rounds on a floured surface. Using a cookie cutter, cut out smaller circles of dough from each pie shell. Cut out as many smaller circles as you can.
  7. With half the smaller pie rounds and a small paring knife, cut out jack-o’-lantern faces. Be fun and creative with these looks!
  8. Brush the outer edges of mini pie rounds with egg mixture. Evenly distribute turkey mixture in the center of ½ of the total pie rounds. Top the turkey filled pie rounds with jack-o’-lantern pie round and seal edges by crimping with a fork. Complete with remaining pies.
  9. Brush the top of each mini pie with the egg mixture for a nice shine.
  10. Lay jack-o’-lanterns on the foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes on the top rack of the oven. Allow pies to cool 5 minutes before serving.

Caramel Apple Pizza

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This luscious dessert combines tart green apples sautéed in a rich caramel sauce, topped with flakey puff pastry, and baked to perfection.

Ingredients

  • 4 squares of puff pastry
  • 2 cups cored and peeled Granny Smith apple slices (2-3 apples, depending on size)
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Allow puff pastry squares to begin to thaw while preparing apples and caramel.
  2. Add the unsalted butter and granulated sugar to a 9-inch oven-safe sauté pan or skillet. Place sauté pan over medium-high heat and cook until the butter is completely melted and sugar dissolves and becomes golden brown and fragrant about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Turn heat to medium-low and add apple slices. Stir and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, until heated through but not mushy.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir that mixture into the skillet and arrange apples in a single layer.
  5. Lay pastry squares over the apples and carefully tuck the edges down into the sides of the pan to encase apples. With a paring knife, cut a small slit into each pastry square.
  6. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry has puffed up and become golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Invert a plate over the tart in the pan. Then hold the plate and pan together and quickly flip them over, so the apple pizza drops onto the plate, apple side up. Cut the apple pizza into wedges and serve!

Notes

*Due to the different product brands you may find at your local grocery store and their varied nutritionals, we are unable to provide nutritional information for this recipe.

Spooky Halloween Snacks

Create a complete holiday feast with these creepy snacks and side dishes:

Did you knock it out of the park with your Halloween meal? We’d love to see pics from your family’s feast! Comment on this post or send us a direct message on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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