Entertaining a big group for Halloween is easier than you think. With these simple tips for how to prepare ahead, you can spend more time decorating and getting ready in your costume, than slaving in the kitchen. I love serving a signature cocktail, somehow it always feels more festive when you walk in the front door and hear that cocktail shaker. I’m a Texan, so good tequila and a guacamole inspired dip will always be a win. My Carved Pumpkin is extra special because I’m using the premium Roca Patron. They use an ancient method of crushing the agave with volcanic rock. The result is a higher proof, smokey tequila that is superb.
I make my seven layer dip ahead of time, except for the final layer. My secret is using a fresh, pre made guacamole. It tasted just like the homemade version but saves me a lot of time and cleanup. Right before guests arrive, I put the final layer of guacamole on top, pipe a sour cream spider web and place a cute olive on top for a spider!
Seven Layer Spider Web Dip
2 8-oz packages Wholly Guacamole
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced green onions
1 cup low fat sour cream
1 15-oz can refried beans
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 black olives, plus extra sour cream (for spider web garnish)
In a clear glass bowl, begin layering the ingredients, starting with refried beans, red bell pepper, half the Guacamole, corn, sour cream, green onions, shredded cheddar and a final layer of Guacamole on the top. Place extra sour cream in s ziplock plastic bag. Cut off the tip and pipe a spider web on top. Cut the olive into a spider shape and place in the center of the web. Serve with tortilla chips.
The Carved Pumpkin Cocktail
1.5 oz Roca Patron Tequila
1 oz pumpkin spice liqueur
Fresh juice from half a lemon
1 egg white
In a shaker filled with ice, place the Tequila, pumpkin spice liqueur, lemon juice and egg white. Shake vigorously. Strain out the liquid, remove the ice and shake again for another minute. Pour into a sugar rimmed martini glass.
Witch Finger Breadsticks
1 can refrigerated breadstick dough
12 raw almonds
Twist each breadstick, then make a knot (for the knuckle) about two thirds the way up the breadstick. Place an almond firmly on the end closest to the knot. Bake at 365 for 12 minutes or golden and brown.