Another Halloween is upon us at The Slaughterhouse - and it's all tickles and giggles till it ain't. Alas, along with the merriment there is also much work...setting up headstones is not for sissies! And then there's the pumpkins to carve and the seeds to roast and the candles to light and the costume, wig and make-up!!! Halloween falderal can be all-encompassing at The Slaughterhouse and maybe once, or twice, I might have had the thought pass through my brain that I am getting too old for this crap! Fortunately, I was able to banish it quickly! I suppose as long as none of the headstones have my name on them, I'll dig little trenches each year in the front yard and go about installing them in the rain as usual...it's my duty as a Ghoul-fearing-Halloween-loving-American. Amen.
This isn't really a recipe, just a how-to. To make 11 Soup Spiders you will need one sheet of Puff Pastry. Don't let it thaw, at least not all the way, it's much easier to cut when it's still frozen. Cut out two circles - the size of your soup bowl will determine the size you cut. For example, our soup bowls are 6-inches across so I cut a 2-inch circle for the spider body and a 1-inch circle for the head. For the spider legs I cut 3 1/2-inch long thin strips, then folded them in half, forming two legs per strip.
Attaching everything is easy - use a beaten egg as the "glue"; using a pastry brush, brush a little of the beaten egg onto the spider body and attach the head and legs by pressing lightly. Use bits of black olives (or green olives, or pimientos, or parsley - you get my drift) for the eyes. Bake the spiders on a parchment lined baking sheet in a 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until nicely browned.
After baking, remove from baking sheet to a cooling rack to cool completely. Okay, so some of them don't exactly look like spiders...maybe more turtles! But they're tasty and cute for sure!
You can serve the spiders on a plate, as just a little extra treat but since we call them Soup Spiders, it's best to serve them on top of a steaming bowl of your favorite soup!
Now, isn't that terrifyingly fun?!? A little pastry "biscuit" on top of soup, chowder or chili - it's what's for Halloween! Speaking of fun, notice the cute little paper Halloween bag? My sister made a bunch of them for me and she got them here in plenty of time for me to fill with my Licorice Caramels and my "regular" Caramels as favors for my quilt group luncheon. I drag the same ol' stuff out every year...
so I try to do something fun with the food so our lunch isn't boring. Along with the Soup Spiders I served the coleslaw a little differently...I saw this idea on Pinterest using guacamole - but it works just as well with coleslaw!
However you serve up Halloween this year - I hope it's full of scary fun, thrills and chills, and lots and lots of those little bite-sized candy bars!
H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N
T H E S L A U G H T E R H O U S E !