Can you turn leftover Halloween candy into something that you might serve at the table as dessert? Yes, and this recipe for Halloween S'moreffles (s'mores waffles) is the proof. Based on the idea of s'mores, we start by making waffles designed to taste like graham crackers. Then, instead of filling them with chocolate and marshmallow, we fill it with chopped Halloween candy for similar effect.
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This bowl of seafood ramen takes Halloween food to a whole new level, capturing the spirit of the holiday while being legitimately good enough to eat any other day of the year. Darkened with squid ink—not food coloring—and loaded with seared squid, plump mussels, and salmon roe, even Dracula would lay off the blood for a day just to get some of this.
This extra-thick milkshake has all the flavors of a classic Snickers bar: caramel, chocolate, and peanuts. Unsweetened cocoa powder works to add a punch of chocolate flavor without amping up the sippable dessert's sweetness.
These peanutty bar cookies are jammed with Reese's Pieces on top for an extra pop of chocolate-PB flavor.
The idea is simple: classic pecan pie, plus candy corn. The candy corn melts so beautifully into the corn syrup and brown sugar mixture that it must feel like it's coming home; it adds a nice, vanilla-y sweetness to the pie that will satisfy even the sweetest of tooths.
Black squid ink pasta is paired with shrimp and scallops in a light white wine sauce in this Halloween-inspired pasta dish.
Butter blasted cake layered with buttery buttercream and enrobed in chocolate ganache. The perfect un-scary Halloween cake.
These roll out cookies can really be made for any occasion, but a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, some chocolate chips, and some orange sanding sugar makes quick work of turning them into a spooky treat.
A quick and easy single skillet meal of pasta served with pumpkin and black kale. Perfect for a Halloween feast!
A pile of messy goodness laden with fall vegetables. The fun here is grasping a half-covered chip and hunting around the pile of toppings for the exact one to help complete the perfect bite.
This spooky chocolate treat is filled with chopped up marshmallows and comes together in a flash.
Moist and spicy pumpkin bread with swirls of chocolate is perfect for the Halloween season. And you just need a bowl and a whisk to make it.
A basic recipe for toasted pumpkin seeds that can be spiced up to your taste.
These are a subtle treat. They're only slightly sweet, and they don't scream "pumpkin" but rather whisper it, with a lovely moistness that makes the crackers a bit softer than a plain homemade version. They have an earthy flavor that might make you think, for an instant, "health food", but the spices, brown sugar and kiss of honey will bring you quickly back to cozy fall snack territory.
Spiced pumpkin cheesecake is swirled into a rich brownie base. Individual portions make these moist brownies easy to serve.
Gumbo makes many appearances in True Blood, so it's no surprise that the recipe is featured in the True Blood cookbook. A rich and nourishing stew, this gumbo recipe makes a pot filled to the brim with chicken, sausage, peppers, and unctuous, meaty gravy. As many of the other recipes in this book, the Gumbo Ya Ya is fairly simple, but its well-developed flavors more than make up for its short ingredient list. The only drawback to this streamlined gumbo is that I have a feeling the big pot of stew Lafayette regularly stirs on the show is filled with much more than chicken, sausage, and roux.
There are plenty of breakfast and brunch recipes in the True Blood cookbook—perhaps from all of the late nights spent running from evil vampires, witches, and the occasional possessed doll. Ruby Jean's Hash stands out as a simple yet soul-satisfying take on a morning-after meal. Andouille sausage peppers this hash of potatoes, onions, and green peppers, and the whole mess is adorned with a voluptuous poached egg.
Hoecakes--aka corn pone, johnny cakes, or cornmeal pancakes--are a fairly common sight at brunch tables in the South, but are perhaps less known above the Mason-Dixon line. In their most basic form, a hoecake is simply a mixture of batter of cornmeal, water, and salt fried in lard or rendered bacon fat. (Other more modern recipes add flour, eggs, or whole corn to the batter.) The Holy Hoecakes in the True Blood cookbook fully embrace the simplicity of the original, adorning the cakes only with a (generous) drizzle of maple syrup. While as basic as you get, the crisp, porky outsides and soft, creamy insides make for hoecakes more than the sum of their parts.
Russell Edgington was (or is? Did Bill and Eric finally vanquish him?) one of my favorite characters in True Blood. Ruthless, power-hungry, and just straight-up creepy, he made for much more entertaining watching than waffling Bill or helpless Sookie. In true Russell fashion, the Beautifully Broken Bisque in the True Blood cookbook (attributed to the vampire king) is gruesomely reminiscent of deeply red coagulating blood--perfect for a cool Halloween evening.
This spice cake gets revamped with pumpkin, bold spices, molasses, and bold fresh ginger.