Published on Friday, September 24, 2021

By Melissa Pette

We advance with our list of easy and delicious recipes for our spooktacular dinner. Today we are going to fix some cute little cheese monsters. Perfect for our kids.

So, let's go to the kitchen!

Little cheese monsters




The ingredients to make eight of these little fellows are:

American type cream cheese, 125 grams

Grated mozzarella cheese, 220 grams

Dijon mustard, optional

A pinch of dried oregano, optional

A pinch of chili powder

A pinch of granulated garlic, optional

A pinch of black pepper

Salty snack sticks

A slice of white cheese

A little can of black olives





First, drain the liquid from the cream cheese. Add 100 grams of the cheese into a bowl. Add the grated cheese, mustard, oregano, chili, garlic and black pepper. Mix everything well until you get a homogeneous dough.

Then, place the rest of the grated cheese in another bowl.

With a spoon, take portions of the dough, make little balls. Then, roll it over the grated cheese. Put the balls on a flat plate. Repeat this until you have all eight balls.

Break the salty sticks into two other parts. Insert the sticks on top of the cheese balls.

With a knife, cut the olives and form the little eyes that we will then put on the little monsters. Make the shape of the mouth cutting the edges of the olive, forming a small half-moon.  With the knife, cut small circles of white cheese.

Each little monster can have two or three eyes. To form the eyes, put the olive circle over one of the white cheese circles. You put the little mouth on one side of the little monster's body.  The idea is that the sticks and the eyes look very strange in size and shape. That will make our little monsters look really funny. To glue the eyes and mouth, you can use a little cream cheese.

Some readers will remember Mahealani Kihei's funny mummies sausage recipe she shared last year. For those of you who missed that delicious recipe, don't worry. It is right below.






Mehealani authorized me to tell you a bit about her story of visiting Costa Rica. She lives in the community of Waiʻanae, in Honolulu County, Hawaii.

She first visited Costa Rica more than 10 years ago, when "my husband and we crossed half the planet to attend my stepson's wedding in Costa Rica," she tells us.

From that first trip, she and her husband fell in love with Costa Rica. That has happened to all of us, hasn't it?

Mahealani tells us that she is looking forward to the Christmas season to come, as every year she visits her grandchildren during the holidays. In the meantime, she shares her delicious recipe. I am sure these mummies will be a sensation for your Halloween table.

I would like to remind you that an adult must help the kids with the oven.

Halloween mummies



By Mahealani Kihei
From Waiʻanae, Honolulu County, Hawaii

For 12 servings, the ingredients you need are:

12 sausages

1 cup of flour

2 eggs

2 tablespoons vegetable (or sunflower) oil

1 cup of water

1 teaspoon salt

aluminum foil

ketchup

The dough. In a bowl, add one egg, oil and stir a little. We save the other egg for later.

Then add a pinch of salt and half of the flour. Stir. Then add the rest of the flour and stir to integrate all the ingredients and make the dough.

On the table, knead the dough for 5 minutes. Make sure there are no flour residues in the dough. Put the dough in a container and cover it. We let the dough rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, we are going to form sausages in small human bodies. With a sharp knife, make a cut from the center down (imagine that you are making two legs). Then on the half part of the top of the sausage make two cuts, one on each side. Imagine that you are forming their arms. Then, form a letter X on top of the sausage. Imagine you are making the two dead mummy eyes.




Look at the picture of the sausage to get an idea of how to properly cut it.

Now, split the dough into 12 little balls. Stretch each ball rolling with your hands. We do the same with the rest of the balls until we have 12 thin strips.

Dip the sausages in the water, so the dough strips stick easier.

Roll the strips of dough around the sausage. Imagine the mummy bandages. Roll up the legs, arms and head. Do not cover the eyes that we did previously.

Cover the baking sheet (or tray) with aluminum foil. Aluminum will help to apply the heat in a more uniform way in the dough and also avoid the mummy's stick to the tray.

Remember we saved an egg? Beat the egg and with the help of a kitchen brush or a fork, spread a little bit of egg on the sausages. Just a bit.

Place the mummies on the tray and bake at 200C or 392F for 10 minutes. Our mummies bake quickly, so be careful not to burn them.

And voila! We have made delicious mummies. If you like, spread drops of ketchup to make bloody mummies.

These little monsters and mummies will be a show on your table! You should not miss these recipes!

Thank you so much for reading and special thanks to those who take their time to write. You are all invited to share your recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing food@amcostarica.com. More delightful recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food page.

Pura Vida!
 





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