If you have plans to party-hop this Saturday night to celebrate Halloween, why not make an entire evening out of it by inviting friends over beforehand for a simple and spirited dinner? Especially if drinking is on the agenda, you'll want to fill up on some hearty carbs. Start with devils on horseback, a crowd-pleasing appetizer that involves bacon-wrapped shrimp and a spicy dipping sauce. For the main course offer bats and cobwebs: bow tie pasta with melted mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and chicken sausages. Throw in a mixed green salad, crusty bread, and you've got a Halloween meal.
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48 large shrimp (approximately 2 lbs. - with shells), shelled and deveined Makes 48 shrimp (12 to 16 servings). 1/2 pound bow tie pasta Serves 4.
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared garlic chili sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 strips bacon, quartered (in half lengthwise and then again cross), flattened with the back of a knife to prevent curling
2/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon prepared chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 green onions, finely chopped (both white and green parts)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes in puree
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon sugar
2 precooked chicken sausages (about 3 ounces each), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes (1 3/4 cups)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
48 large shrimp (approximately 2 lbs. - with shells), shelled and deveined
Makes 48 shrimp (12 to 16 servings).
1/2 pound bow tie pasta