Dine with the Dead, Brunch edition
The rules are simple:
- Create delicious food
- That looks scary/gross/weird/dead
The guests may come dressed:
- As the dead
- Mourning the dead
Dine with the Dead is one of my favorite Halloween traditions. We try to host this every year, some years better than others. The open chest cavity (rack of lamb with roasted red pepper heart) was exceptional, as was the eyeballs flambé. The squid ink pasta was not a huge hit. Forbidden rice? Win! Sinister chicken? Meh.
For this edition, we wanted to expand our horizons a bit, so we choose to do exclusively brunch items. Bloody Mimosas, Eyeball Yogurt Parfaits, and our hands down favorite, Breakfast Intestines.
This recipe can be adapted to nearly any filling, the one below is outstanding. It was, admittedly, hard to stomach (no pun intended), but taste-wise, resembled a breakfast burrito or a breakfast pot pie (if such a thing exists).
Breakfast Burrito Intestines
- 1 pkg Puff Pastry, thawed per instructions
- Small Sweet Peppers, in assorted colors
- 1 Egg White
- Red Food Coloring
filling (feel free to pick your favorite breakfast burrito ingredients here)
- 1 ½ cup Scrambled Eggs (we choose to dye half greenish and half mauve-ish)
- 5 slices Bacon, cooked medium-rare, chopped
- ½ cup Cheese, shredded (we used Cheddar)
- ½ cup Salsa
- Preheat oven to 375, and line a 9″ x 13 ” pan with parchment paper
- Divide each puff pastry sheet into 3 equal strips lengthwise. Lightly flour a long work surface and lay each strip so that the skinny ends connect (you’re making a really long snake). Press and seal the seams between strips.
- Layer the filling ingredients down the entire length of the dough, leaving the edges free to pinch close.
- Pinch the entire length of the dough to seal it closed. Stretch the dough where necessary.
- Cut the peppers into halves lengthwise (so that they are long and narrow). Place the peppers into the baking dish. If you’d like, you can roast the pepper in advanced for a more toxic organs look. In the image, we have one small yellow pepper, one larger red pepper, and one dark reddish green tomato that shriveled in baking.
- Gently arrange the intestine into a a squiggly shape over the veggies.
- Whisk the egg white with a small amount of red food coloring. Brush the top of the pastry with the egg white, adding extra to the crevices.
- Bake 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve warm.
A couple of notes:
- Do not overcook filling ingredients, as they are going to bake for additional time.
- Food coloring is your friend. We made 2 scrambled eggs with a greenish hue, and they looked like bile. We scrambled 3 eggs with a mauve-ish hue and they easily passed for just miscellaneous insides.
- Feel free to substitute or add anything. Other great options:
- Sour Cream (dye!)
- Hot Sauce