While the kids binge on candy, adults can feast on this Halloween menu, intended to evoke the spirit of this festive holiday without overdoing it. Done are the days of dining on eyeball olives, spaghetti intestines, and finger-shaped desserts. This menu is all grown-up with only a few playful nods to the orange-and-black-themed holiday.
Spicy Kale Chips
Toast an Italian version of these kale chips by using olive oil and red wine vinegar in place of canola oil and rice wine vinegar. Then sprinkle the chips with red pepper flakes for a spicy hit.
Roasted Figs With Goat Cheese
A classic combination but done in a modernized way, roasted figs with goat cheese and balsamic reduction make an easy and elegant appetizer. If you can't find figs, substitute with crostini.
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Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad
Cooked vegetables run the risk of being overcooked and cold by the time guests eat them. Keep the vegetables raw and toss the brussels sprouts in the dressing ahead of time, so the vinegar can soften them a bit.
Black and Orange Pasta
It wouldn't be Halloween without something orange and black, but the trick is to avoid a gaudy look. Squid-ink-dyed spaghetti contrasts perfectly with the bright-orange butternut squash in this black and orange pasta.
Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder
A roasted pork shoulder is a dramatic way to impress guests at the table. Plus it's fairly no fuss, because it's slow cooked in the oven for several hours.