Banana Ghosts and Berry Ghouls Recipe

Yield: 18 Servings (1-1/2 dozen)

Banana Ghosts and Berry Ghouls

Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white baking chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3 medium firm ripe bananas
  • 18 Popsicle sticks
  • 1 package (14 ounces) vibrant green Wilton candy melts, melted
  • 12 fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted

 

Directions:

  1. In a microwave, melt white chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Peel bananas; cut in half widthwise. Insert sticks into bananas. Dip into melted chips, coating fruit completely; allow excess to drip off. Insert stick into a styrofoam block to stand.
  2. Insert a stick into each strawberry. Dip into green coating; allow excess to drip off. Insert into styrofoam block. Let stand until set. Using melted chocolate, pipe faces onto ghosts and ghouls.
  3. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 20 minutes. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Originally published as Banana Ghosts and Berry Ghouls in Ultimate Halloween 2012, p81

Maple Balsamic Dressing Recipe

Sweet maple syrup and zesty balsamic vinegar lend bright flavors to tender grilled pork chops, a crisp summer salad and luscious red strawberries. Kim Sumrall from Aptos, California shares the recipe.

Yield: 1 cup or 8 Servings

Maple Balsamic Dressing Recipe
Photo by Taste of Home©

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

FOR PORK CHOPS:
4 bone-in pork loin chops (8 ounces each)
FOR SALAD:
8 cups torn mixed salad greens
FOR STRAWBERRIES:
2 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled

Directions:
In a blender, combine vinegar and syrup. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Yield: 1 cup.
For pork chops: Pour 2/3 cup dressing into a large resealable plastic bag; add pork. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing.
Drain and discard marinade. Grill pork chops, covered, over medium heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until juices run clear, brushing with 3 tablespoons reserved dressing during the last 5 minutes. Drizzle remaining dressing over chops before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
For salad: In a large bowl, toss greens with dressing. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.
For strawberries: In a large bowl, toss berries with dressing. Chill until serving. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts
2 tablespoons dressing equals 303 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 56 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.

Originally published as Maple Balsamic Dressing in Simple & Delicious July/August 2007, p17