Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Halloween Tutorial: How to Make a Spooky Boo-Rific Corn Dog Cup Display #halloweenfun #kidfriendlyhalloween #doityourself


Halloween is on the weekend this year! With a bit more free time than a weeknight Halloween, why not whip up a simple and SPOOKY seasonal meal that's a perfect dinner before trick-or-treating...or a family at-home scary movie fest! I can't wait to show you how quick and easy it is to create my seasonal Boo-rific Corn Dog Cups with Green Goo Dipping Sauce. It's also a great Halloween kitchen craft project to have kiddos help assemble! Frozen corn dogs are embellished with and presented in seasonal Halloween decorations. They're served with a vibrant green dipping sauce made with lower fat ingredients and flavored with avocado, cilantro, and ranch. Family fun and yummy food...that's what life's all about! My step-by-step tutorial will show you exactly how easy this project is to achieve.

Boo-rific Corn Dog Cups 
with Green Goo Dipping Sauce
a Weekend Gourmet Original
Ingredients (makes 6-8 servings):
  • 6-8 frozen corn dogs -- I love Morningstar Farms meatless corn dogs!
For the dipping sauce:
  • 1 cup lowfat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup 0% plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 TBS ranch dressing mix
  • ½ cup green tomatillo salsa
  • 1 small avocado, pitted and cut into chunks
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Juice of one small lime
  • 3-4 drops green food color
  • For d├ęcor: decorative Halloween-themed cups, floral foam, black-and-orange paper confetti, a rubber bloodshot eye, and Halloween-themed toothpick banners
Step 1: Bake the corn dogs according to package directions. While the corn dogs bake, make the dipping sauce. Add the light mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, ranch dressing mix, green salsa, avocado, cilantro, green onion, lime juice, and green food color to a blender container or mini food processor. Blend until all ingredients are incorporated into a smooth dipping sauce. Spoon the dip into a 1.5-cup capacity Halloween-themed container.
Step 2: Place the floral foam in the bottom of two Halloween themed cardboard cups. Firmly push the cooked corn dogs sticks into the floral foam to form a cluster -- three or four corn dogs per cup. Carefully arrange the black-and-orange paper confetti inside the cup around the corn dogs, making sure to completely cover the floral foam so it doesn’t show. Place a plastic or rubber bloodshot eye in the center of the green goo dipping sauce. Serve the corn dog cups with the container of dipping sauce on the side.
This is a simple, festive Halloween-themed meal. The key is to have fun and use decorations that appeal to you! I especially love it when something easy to whip up has so much flavor impact and eye appeal. Crispy baked corn dogs are a perfect match for the vibrant green, mildly spicy dipping sauce. Bottom lines: have fun and make some memories!

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