A Simple, Frank Halloween Appetizer
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Recipe type: Halloween Appetizer
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Serves: 16
 
This is a simple and delicious appetizer that's great to take to serve at a Halloween party. It looks more complicated that it is, and you can be sure your guests will be impressed by the presentation. Chef's Note: If it's not Halloween, you can simply serve the hot pepper jelly over cream cheese accompanied by come crackers. It's a simple and delicious appetizer for any time of year. Total Cost of Recipe = $8.11 or about $0.51 per serving
Ingredients
  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks of cream cheese ($2.56)
  • 1 (10 ounce) jar of mild pepper jelly (made from green jalapenos) ($2.99)
  • Black (or ripe) olives for decoration ($0.98)
  • A family sized box of woven wheat crackers for serving ($1.58)
Instructions
  1. Place the blocks of cream cheese side by side on a plate with the long sides touching.
  2. Use a knife to close the seam between the two blocks by spreading the cheese back and forth.
  3. Make sure the top of the cheese blocks is fairly smooth.
  4. Pour the jar of pepper jelly into a microwave safe bowl.
  5. Heat the jelly, covered, in the microwave for 10 - 20 seconds until the jelly has softened to a spreadable consistency. Heat it for 10 seconds, stir and check it for a spreadable consistency then heat longer if necessary.
  6. Spread the pepper jelly evenly over the top of the cream cheese.
  7. If the jelly is sliding off of the edges and won't stay in place, you can use some of the crackers to make a border around the cream cheese by sticking them to the sides of the blocks of cream cheese so that the crackers are sticking upright and creating a fence. This could also be done with foil or parchment paper if you choose.
  8. Slice olives and arrange half slices along one edge of the cream cheese for "hair".
  9. Next create a face using slices of olives for the eyes, to create a scar on the forehead, and for a mouth and nose. (Our Frank didn't have a nose, and he looked great without it.)
  10. Arrange additional crackers around the edges of the plate for serving and keep a bowl with extra crackers close by.
  11. Serve with a spoon or spreading knife on the plate to help with scooping the spread onto your crackers.
Recipe by Patty Cake's Pantry at http://www.pattycakespantry.com/holidays/a-simple-frank-halloween-appetizer/