Kick off your week with a healthy dinner full of fresh ingredients and flavors, all while skipping the meat. The key to a successful Meatless Monday dinner is feeling satisfied by still including a protein source. By introducing more sustainable foods to your weekly diet, Meatless Monday will improve personal health and make the world a little greener. Check out www.meatlessmonday.com for more information on the amazing benefits and impact doing this just once a week can do for you and your family.
Skip the meat in the appetizer at your Halloween party with today’s delicious recipe. This Meatless Monday features delicious spread of themed party foods, and it stars a quick and easy fall beer cheese dip and some of my favorite seasoned roasted vegetables. We’ll also discuss additional creative party food items and a few extra tricks that will make your guests scream with joy!
For Halloween party beer cheese dip, I recommend using an Oktoberfest or seasonal fall beer from your favorite local craft brewery, as it gives the dip a “themed” feel versus a regular beer cheese dip. The roasted vegetables are then given a little zing with lemon pepper, sea salt, and garlic, which pairs perfectly with the garlic powder and Cajun seasoning in the beer cheese dip.
Get creative by giving spooky names to the various parts of your appetizer, and add a few extra personal touches to your decorations. For example, call the roasted cauliflower “Ghost Trees.” Name the roasted asparagus spears “Zombie Fingers” or “Ghoul Fingers.” Skewer cherry tomatoes on toothpicks and call them “Devil Bombs.” You can even make a little sign that says “Vampires beware – there’s garlic in there!” for your dip.
Another great food to dip in cheese dip is fresh baked bread. Cut the bread into Halloween themed coffin shapes perfect for your vampire friends staying away from the dip (you know, because of the garlic). You can even pull out those old Halloween cookie cutters for a guide to cut your bread!
You can even make stand up cards, signs, or just a big hand written chalkboard to “name” the ingredients/foods you are serving and give them creative titles. There are so many fun options! Because no matter what dippers and sides you serve, with a little creative thinking for the names, your Halloween party will only get better.
Let’s get cooking!
Halloween Party Appetizers: The Recipes
Beer Cheese Dip
- 1 tbsp. Flour
- 2 tbsp. Butter
- 12 oz. Oktoberfest or fall beer
- 8 oz. Half and half or whole milk
- 4 oz. Cream cheese, softened
- 8 oz. Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 8 oz. Gouda cheese, shredded
- 1 tsp. Cajun salt seasoning (I prefer Tony’s)
- 1 tsp. Garlic powder
1) Heat nonstick skillet or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Melt butter in pan and add flour to melted butter.
2) Whisk continuously making sure to not let any areas sit too long without whisking them up (to prevent burning), and the roux will form in a couple of minutes. Once the color gets to a medium golden brown color, pour in the 12 oz. of beer.
3) Keep whisking and pour in the half and half (or milk).
4) Turn the heat level to low. Add the softened cream cheese, shredded cheeses, and seasonings. Whisk all together.
5) Serve with roasted vegetables, pretzel rods, cherry tomatoes, fresh bread, or any other delicious dippers.
6) If serving in “witch’s cauldron,” make sure to keep the dip in a clear bowl that will fit/hide inside so if the dip needs to be reheated during the party, it can be done. Don’t microwave the plastic one from the party store.
- 1 Bunch asparagus spears
- ½ Head broccoli florets
- ½ Head cauliflower florets
- 2 tbsp. Olive oil (or just enough to coat the veggies)
- 1 tbsp. Lemon pepper seasoning (one without salt)
- 1 tsp. Garlic powder
- 1 tsp. Sea salt
1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2) Toss the asparagus spears, broccoli, and cauliflower with the olive oil, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, and sea salt.
3) Spread seasoned vegetables on an extra-large baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and roast them in the hot oven for 12 to 13 minutes until browned and crispy in spots. Remove from oven.
4) Repeat as needed throughout the party. Don’t roast all your veggies at once.
Make your Halloween party appetizers extra creative and delicious with this week’s tips and tricks to the perfect appetizer combinations while skipping the meat. Let us know in the comments what creative names you could come up with for today’s party foods!
I will see you next week for another installment of Meatless Monday from Direct Energy!
Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan