Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Eyeball Pasta

It's just so much fun to make creepy food! I love this season. This shrimp mix, minus the olives is also really awesome on crackers.

Have a Creepy Halloween!

Eyeball Pasta

12 oz cooked shrimp
4 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup white onion, minced
2 tbsp panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp paprika
sliced black olives
4 tbsp White Truffle Garlic Olive Oil, divided
1 jar pesto, at least 8 oz
1 package Squid Ink Pasta*
a few cooked crawfish, optional

Cook the pasta according to the directions. Drain and toss with 2 tbsp of the olive oil. Set aside to keep warm.

Take the tails of the shrimp and give the flesh a rough chop. Put in a food processor with the onions and garlic. Blend until mostly smooth. Add up to 2 tbsp of the olive oil and the panko.

Form the shrimp mix into balls and press one olive slice into the side. These do not have to be cooked. Sprinkle with the paprika.

Toss the pasta with the pesto and sprinkle the 'eyes' around the plate. If you want, bury some crawfish so that they peek out of the pasta. They aren't super important, they just look creepy.

*a tip: Do NOT toss the pasta with the pesto and the eyes. Just the pesto. They eyes take on the color of the pesto and you will have green eyeballs in no time.

Squid Ink pasta is avaliable in our store. If you can't get here in time, take regular pasta and add black food coloring to the cooking water. (I haven't tried it yet, but it's supposed to work!) Good luck!

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