The Tasty Threesome

October 2014 Web Exclusive

It’s unanimous—everyone at Houseboat magazine loves a good party like trolls love bridges and kids love Halloween candy. Who doesn't appreciate free food? If you’re planning on throwing a Halloween bash in the next few weeks, these ghoulishly festive Halloween recipes from Betty Crocker promise to be both fun to make and delicious to eat. The only way for a party to be more fun is to throw it on a houseboat!

Halloween Pizza Pot Pies

This is a creative idea if ever there was one—think chicken pot pie but with pizza filling, and a jack o’ lantern’s spooky grin instead of a plain top crust, and you’ve got the gist! Best of all, you can fill these pies with any of your favorite ingredients—feel free to play with the flavors to cater to you and your guests.  

Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground beef or Italian sausage, ½ cup chopped onion, ½ cup chopped green bell pepper, 1 (8 oz) can pizza sauce, 1 (4 oz) can sliced fresh mushrooms, 1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese , 1 cup Original Bisquick™ mix, and ¼ cup very hot water.

Directions:

Start by preheating the oven to 375ºF and greasing four 10- to 12-oz casserole dishes. Brown the ground beef, onion and bell pepper over medium heat and drain away the grease. Mix in the pizza sauce and the mushrooms and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer uncovered for 5 min, stirring frequently. Spoon the beef mixture into the greased dishes and sprinkle ¼ cup cheese over each.

Then mix the Bisquick and the hot water, beating hard for 20 sec. Knead the dough on a surface dusted with Bisquick mix about 10 times or until it’s smooth. Separate the dough into 4 balls, rolling each ball into a circle as big as the dish. Cut jack o’ lantern features for steam vents in each circle with a knife or cookie cutter, and place each circle on top of the casseroles. Bake for 15 to 20 min or until golden on top.

Scream! Cheese Swirl Brownies

Cream cheese? Chocolate? Can a dessert get any better? Only by adding orange food dye. These brownies will be a hit at any Halloween party—be prepared for them to get snatched up fast!

Ingredients: For the brownies, use 1 box (1 lb 2.4 oz) Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix and the water, vegetable oil and egg instructed on the box. For the filling, use 8 oz softened cream cheese, 1 egg, 3 Tb sugar, 4 drops red food color, 4 drops yellow food color, and ¼ tsp vanilla.

Directions:

First, heat the oven to 350°F (325°F for a dark/nonstick pan) and grease the bottom of a 9-in square pan with shortening or cooking spray. Beat the filling ingredients with an electric mixer on low until it’s smooth, and set aside.

Make the brownie batter as instructed on the box, spreading ¾ of the batter in the pan. Next, spoon the cream cheese filling evenly on top and cover with the remaining brownie batter. Then pull a knife through the pan in sweeping curves to create the marble design.

Finally, bake for 40-44 min (or until a toothpick comes out nearly clean). Cool completely at room temperature (about 1 ½ hours), then refrigerate for at least 1 hour until the brownies are chilled. Cut the squares in 4 rows by 4 rows and store (covered) in the fridge.

Halloween Buddies

An old classic is tweaked to appeal to a ravenous Halloween crowd! Halloween Buddies are so easy and kid-friendly to make, you’re sure to enjoy throwing this one together in the kitchen.

Ingredients: 4 ½ cups Corn Chex™ cereal, ½ cup (3 oz) semisweet chocolate chips, ¼ cup peanut butter, 2 Tb butter or margarine, ½ tsp vanilla, ¾ cup powdered sugar, 1 cup candy corn, and 1 cup salted cocktail peanuts.

Directions:

Pour the Chex into a large bowl. Microwave the chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on high for 30 sec, then stir and heat for 15 sec. longer (or until the mix is smooth). Add the vanilla and add the mix to the Chex, stirring until everything is evenly covered. Pour into a 1-gal. plastic bag and add the powdered sugar. Seal bag, shake well, and add the candy corn and peanuts. Shake once more and spread it out on waxed paper to cool. Store the Halloween Buddies covered in the fridge.

For more recipe ideas and pictures, go to BettyCrocker.com!

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