Chef John's Best Halloween Recipes

From zombie meatloaf to meringue ghosts, these creations are so deeply, deeply disturbing to behold but delightfully delicious to devour. Conjure up a few for your own Halloween festivities.

Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

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This is an easy, tasty main dish for the family on a weeknight. While the pork is in the oven, it's simple to steam a veggie side and prepare a quick salad.

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

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This is a fun Halloween treat that is easy enough for kids to help create. I modified an idea I found on Pinterest to be less expensive and easier to put together.

Monster Bites

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A simple and yummy Halloween treat made with apples and peanut butter.

Jamaican Brown Stew Chicken

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I've been wanting to make this for a while since I love any kind of braised or stewed chicken recipes, especially ones that have similar ingredients as jerk chicken. While I might make a few adjustments next time, this really did come out amazingly well. Serve over steamed rice with green peas and garnish with fresh thyme.

Halloween Candy Blondies

Transform your leftover Halloween candy into gooey blondie bars. These bars pair perfectly with ice cream or a hot or cold beverage of your choice.

Fall Squash Soup

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A delicious, warming squash soup with other fall vegetables and spices is perfect for a cold day. Light enough to serve as an appetizer, but delicious enough to make a main dish. Serve hot with a hearty slice of toast.

Double Cheddar Rotisserie Chicken Lasagna

I decided to combine my love of broccoli cheese soup with rotisserie chicken for a unique lasagna.

Beef Stifado

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This gorgeous casserole with beef and onions is best made the day before. Store the leftovers in the fridge, covered; it also freezes well.

Easy Turkey Taco Soup

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Easy soup to make using ingredients that I always have on hand. My husband loves this stuff. He likes to put a big spoonful of leftover mashed potatoes in the bowl and cover it with the soup. I like it served with corn chips and grated cheese. For a spicier soup, add a few diced jalapenos.

Dianne's Pumpkin Cookie Cups

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These sugar cookie cups filled with a sweet and creamy pumpkin filling will be the cutest addition to your Halloween or Thanksgiving dessert table! Sprinkle with additional cinnamon or chopped nuts for decoration if desired.

Chef John's Rocky Road

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I thought I was gonna show you how to make a famous candy, based on a famous ice cream, but as it turns out, it's actually the other way around. The ice cream flavor was inspired by an Australian candy that goes by the same name, which used the same signature ingredients--chocolate, marshmallows, and nuts. Regardless, this is super easy to make, and would be an absolutely wonderful edible gift for the upcoming holidays. Keep unused portions in the fridge.

World's Best Lasagna

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It takes a little work, but it is worth it.
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Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

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Slow cooked, Texas-style pulled pork that is served on a buttered and toasted roll. My family's favorite.

Basic Mashed Potatoes

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If you love good, old fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe. Simple and delicious.

Juicy Roasted Chicken

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My grandmother's recipe for roasted chicken. We are German and she used to do it this way all the time. I never have had a chicken this juicy before; this little trick works and makes the people eating it go silent. It's funny. We nibble on the celery after.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew I

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A hearty, savory slow cooker stew with potatoes, carrots, celery, broth, herbs and spices. You won't be slow to say 'yum'!
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Chicken Penne Italiano

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An Italian version of stir-fry, this tasty dish mixes cubed, boneless chicken and penne pasta with red and green peppers, garlic, tomatoes, oregano, and basil for an easy weeknight supper.

Chicken Parmesan

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My version of chicken parmesan is a little different than what they do in the restaurants, with less sauce and a crispier crust.
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Easy Baking Powder Drop Biscuits

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These are the best breakfast biscuits, easy and perfect for sausage gravy!

Butternut Squash Soup II

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This is a thick, rich soup with tons of flavor. Something I whipped up off the top of my head, with things I had on hand. Super easy, quick, and a great way to use squash. An instant hit at my house.
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Chicken Pot Pie IX

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A delicious chicken pie made from scratch with carrots, peas and celery.
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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The one and only! EAGLE BRAND® makes this traditional dessert the perfect ending to a Thanksgiving feast.
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Homemade Mac and Cheese

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This is a nice rich mac and cheese. Serve with a salad for a great meatless dinner. Hope you enjoy it.
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Slow Cooker Pineapple-Teriyaki Pork Chops

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These teriyaki-pineapple pork chops are so delicious you might want to double this recipe. Serve with fresh raw or grilled pineapple slices.

Best Damn Chili

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After years of adjustments I have found a recipe for all to enjoy. Previous ones were either too hot or too mild, this one even was to the liking of my finance who hates chili.

Basic Crepes

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Here is a simple but delicious crepe batter which can be made in minutes. It's made from ingredients that everyone has on hand.

Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

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This is a great recipe when you don't want to wait for the dough to rise. You just mix it and allow it to rest for 5 minutes and then it's ready to go!! It yields a soft, chewy crust. For a real treat, I recommend you use bread flour and bake it on a pizza stone, but all-purpose flour works well too. Enjoy!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

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This is simple and delicious. The taste is so smooth and creamy most people think this is a fattening soup loaded with cream and potatoes. People are always shocked by how few ingredients are needed.

Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie

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This recipe is made from fresh pumpkin, not canned. Hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. Happy Thanksgiving.

Waffles I

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You can keep the batter covered in the fridge for up to a week. Just be sure to whisk well before using again. You may also use whole wheat flour for this recipe.

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

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This is a great old Maine recipe, moist and spicy. The bread actually tastes even better the day after it is baked. Great for holiday gift giving!
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Fried Rice Restaurant Style

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A quick fried rice like you get at your favorite Chinese restaurant. A couple of eggs, baby carrots, peas and soy sauce is all you need.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

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Makes great cookies!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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This tangy, creamy dip tastes just like Buffalo chicken wings. It's best served hot with crackers and celery sticks. Everyone loves the results!

Copycat Panera® Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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My husband loves Panera® broccoli cheddar soup but it went up in price and therefore we set out on a hunt to create the perfect broccoli cheddar soup. Here is what we came up with. There are tons of variations and options to make this soup your own. You can add extra veggies, different cheeses, garlic to your onions, a little nutmeg to the finished soup, green onions, sour cream, etc. The list goes on and on. Make it your own! Serve topped with cheese!
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Easy Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

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Hot jumbo buttermilk biscuits with creamy sausage gravy are ready in just 15 minutes for a hearty, family-favorite breakfast.
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Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake

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This is an Italian comfort food classic! The smell of this cooking in my kitchen transports me back to playing on the street in front of my Papa and Gigi's house in Brooklyn. I make 2 trays of this for every family get-together, and it's gone in a flash!

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche with Shiitake Mushrooms

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After trying multiple spinach recipes throughout the years, this one is my conglomeration with personal taste additions. Savory and delicious using primarily fresh ingredients. A new family favorite. Shiitake mushrooms can be substituted for other varieties. Broccoli can be omitted per personal taste.

Golden Sweet Cornbread

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If you like sweet cornbread, this is the recipe for you! My mom made this for me as a child, and now it's my family's favorite.
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Sarah's Applesauce

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This applesauce is delicious! I make it for my younger brother all the time and he loves it - and he hates canned applesauce!
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Marinated Cucumber, Onion, and Tomato Salad

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This is an easy salad that is perfect for a warm summer day.

Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

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This is my own version of the chocolate microwave mug cake. This chocolaty fudgy treat is truly decadent and great for nights when I need a yummy dessert that is ready in less than 10 minutes! Chocolate chips make this recipe even better.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Meatballs

These bacon-wrapped bundles of deliciousness are served with a sweet teriyaki sauce, and perfect for your game day tailgate or homegate celebrations. Serve with additional teriyaki sauce for dipping.

Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

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I experimented with this until I found a quick, cheap, and easy Alfredo sauce combination -- the secret is cream cheese!

Mother's Pot Roast

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The best vegetable gravy you ever tasted--and the roast isn't bad either! We always had this meal with mounds of mashed potatoes. Great on a cold wintry evening!

Savory Pumpkin Hummus

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I tinkered a bit with what I found in other recipes and this is the result. I think I like my results. I stirred in a small handful of tamari-flavored pumpkin seeds just before serving (couldn't find plain ones) and sprinkled a bit of paprika on top to make it look nice.

Original Nestle® Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This famous classic American cookie is a treat no matter what the age or occasion. Enjoy it with a glass of cold milk.
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Simple Macaroni and Cheese

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A very quick and easy fix to a tasty side-dish. Fancy, designer mac and cheese often costs forty or fifty dollars to prepare when you have so many exotic and expensive cheeses, but they aren't always the best tasting. This recipe is cheap and tasty.

Apple Crisp with Oat Topping

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This is the best dessert for the early fall when the sweet and firm apples are just in season. Use the best quality cinnamon you can get and get it from a spice merchant or even a store where you can get it bulk; it does make a difference. Within ten minutes of going in the oven the scent will fill the house and neighbors you loaned things to years ago will return them just to invite themselves in and wonder aloud if there is any left (Note: there isn't). Optional accompaniments would be caramel sauce, ice cream, and whipped cream.

Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast

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This is a great brunch recipe, it's perfect for large gatherings. A yummy bread casserole baked with sweet apple filling.

Tatertot Casserole

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Quick and easy casserole everyone will love.

Joy's Easy Banana Bread

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This easy banana bread recipe is quick to prepare, and everyone always comes back for seconds!

Mom's Zucchini Bread

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Really, really good and moist- my kids eat it as quickly as I can make it. Bread will freeze well, and keep in refrigerator for weeks.
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Best Fried Green Tomatoes

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You can also fry up red tomatoes with this recipe but make sure they are not over ripe or they will be mushy. Serve these tomatoes outside with a glass of iced tea one summer night and enjoy the sunset with someone you love.

Best Steak Marinade in Existence

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This is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time it's made me famous in our close circle, but until now I've never shared it with anyone.
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Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

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This is a wonderful-tasting egg salad sandwich that you will definitely devour. It's really good on rye.
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Classic Waffles

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A lovely, crispy waffle perfect for the morning.

Soft Oatmeal Cookies

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These oatmeal cookies are very moist with a good flavor. Add a cup of raisins or nuts if you desire.
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Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

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Well-rounded seafood and pasta dish. Good with any pasta; angel hair is less filling.

Simple Teriyaki Sauce

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This simple but amazing teriyaki sauce will take your chicken and rice to the next level!