Monday, October 12, 2009

Baked Spaghetti, Witch Fingers and Monster Teeth

3 recipes 1 post

It’s been raining and cold here and this baked spaghetti was a great meal to warm us all up. It’s the ultimate comfort food, fast, easy, yummy! We had ours with a nice spinach salad and warm fresh homemade bread. Life is good!

Adapted from All-recipes
· 12 ounces spaghetti
· 1 cup chopped onions
· 1 cup chopped green bell peppers
· 1 pound lean ground beef
· 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
· 1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
· 1 teaspoon dried oregano
· 2 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese
· 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
· 1/4 cup water
· 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, and set aside.
2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the onions, green peppers and ground beef. Once beef is brown and onions and peppers softened, add the tomatoes, mushrooms and oregano. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place half of the cooked spaghetti into the prepared dish. Top with half of the meat mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mild Cheddar cheese. Repeat. In a medium bowl, mix together cream of mushroom soup and water until smooth; pour over casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Monster Teeth
These are a fast and easy snack to prepare for all the little monsters in your life. They always get a big smile.

  • Red Apples, any variety will do in fact green would be fun too.
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Peanut Butter or almond butter
  • Core and section your apples
  • Spread peanut butter on one side of all the slices.
  • Stick 5 to 6 mini marshmallows on half of the apple slices.
  • Top with the other apple slices and serve.

Witch Fingers

I was not going to post these as they can be found all over the Internet and blogosphere but I’ve had too many people ask for the recipe and this is an easy way to mass distribute it.
A fun variation is to add a drop or two of green food coloring to the dough to give it a more sickly hue.

Witch Finger Cookie Recipe
Yield: 5 dozen
· 1 cup powdered sugar
· 1 cup Butter, softened
· 1 Egg
· 1 tsp Almond extract(I stopped using this)
· 1 tsp Vanilla extract
· 2 2/3 cups Flour
· 1 tsp Salt
· 3/4 cup whole Almonds, blanched
· 1 tube red decorating gel
· green food coloring

In a mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla; beat in the flour, and salt. Add a couple drops of green food coloring to dough, until it has a light green tint. Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 325F. Take one quarter of dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape, then press an almond firmly into one end for a nail. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough. Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool three minutes. Gently lift up the almond; squeeze red decorating gel onto the nailbed and press the almond back in place, so gel oozes out from underneath. Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks.


Camille said...

Oh, I love the witch fingers!! How cool. I think these are going on the "to make" list for our Halloween party. Fantastic.

Amanda said...

Okay, I just ate a big meal and just happened to glance at your post with the witch fingers. Thanks for almost making me lose my dinner...

But. I love them!!

Karine said...

I love the monster teeth and the fingers. So funny and original!

Grace said...

those fingers are so realistic! i love the quick and easy teeth trick, too, but wowza--that baked spaghetti stole the show. supreme comfort food, i say. :)

Cheryl said...

Wow baked spaghetti, never heard of it, great idea tho! I adore the fingers, I am making those for Halloween!

Ruby Mountain Beads said...

I've not seen the witch fingers before, but I gotta say that they totally creep me out! Thanks for bringing me some! The girls thought they were great.

George Gaston said...

Great combination of flavors in your baked spaghetti; I'm definitely going to try this.

Your Halloween ideas are all creepy in a delicious kind of way. Thanks...

Juliana said...

Oh Cassie, I don't know if I could bite these is kind of yucky looking :-) I could definitely go with the baked spaghetti and the monster teeth ;-)

Talita said...

Haha! This fingers look soooo disgusting!! Great post!

Sweet and Savory said...

Sorry, I only like food that I think I can eat. No, I will not eat fingers, teeth or eyes.

I will try your other yummy looking recipes.

If I were mean, I would make the fingers and bring them to school but I would probably scare the kids.

Velva said...

The witch fingers are great! As always, I am impressed.

Claudia said...

All the recipes are wonderful - the pasta sounds particularly good in our snowy autumn - but the witches fineger - too much fun!

Jackie at said...

I've noticed the witch fingers before. Those would be perfect for Halloween. They look gruesomely delicious!

Rowena... said...

I love the witches fingers! I'm going to surprise my husband with these instead of the usual biscotti. He's gonna flip!

figtree said...

I work at an alternative high school, those witch fingers are gonna be a HUGE hit!Thanks.

Jolita said...

Those fingers are really awful!!! And look so real!!! :)

Shelly W said...

Your baked spaghetti looks awesome! I could definitely go for some of that right now. I love your treats! The witch fingers look so real!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Love the fingers and the teeth! I will be making these with my 8yr. old Granddaughter. Thanks!

Coleen's Recipes said...

The monster teeth and witch fingers are the cutest things I've seen in a LONG fun!!!

Coleen's Recipes said...

How did you get the fingernails to shine?

Barbara said...

OMG! Those witch fingers are gross!!! And if you added green food coloring....enough to turn your stomach- which is the point of Halloween. I haven't ever seen them before.

I love the one dish spaghetti recipes- they travel well and are easy to put together. Thanks!

myboyfriendcooksforme said...

oh my god, those fingers are CRAZY!! I both love them and can't look at them, which I think is the idea : )

BMK said...

You have such fun and creative ideas. The spaghetti casserole looks like a perfect rainy day meal.

Debbie said...

The spaghetti looks great but I absolutely love the witch creepy looking. You did a great job on those..Just terrific!!!!

Bergamot said...

the witch finger are really cool... nice idea so do the other spooky stuff that you have on your blog..i am sure your kids look forward to these treats

Suzie said...

I am trying to bookmark this page - I love the witch fingers and will definitely be making them for the Halloween party we are going to. They are fantastic.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I think you have the best looking (scary) witches fingers I've ever seen! Great job and I'm glad you shared the recipe :-)

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Yes these are all over the web but these are the best ones I've seen! Thanks for posting. I adore your Halloween spirit.

Jenna Schrock said...

Witch fingers look yummy! Which on the other hand gave me an idea for the Halloween (though, still months away) in Los Angeles. Cosmetic dentists may not like it if, I ate too much, so I will just do the trick to my nieces and nephews in Los Angeles. Teeth whitening procedures will soon start so; I need to start limiting myself from candies and coffee.