Well, this may be the first year that I have actually done Halloween-themed food research. Between helping my sister locate the perfect treat for her work’s “spoooky cooookie” contest and concocting my own treat to bring along a newly instituted Recipe Exchange party, I’ve done plenty of googling and pinterest-ing of Halloween treats this past month. There are just so many great ideas out there. Some ideas were spooky or creepy or seriously disgusting, and others were quite cute. But, after many hours of digging through my Google Reader archives and pages of search results, I finally found my contribution to the Halloween celebration of 2012.
It’s not too cute nor too revolting to keep you from eating it. Plus, it’s a perfect way to bring some savory flavors to the Halloween party, instead of filling up solely on those Trick-or-Treat baskets of sweets. (I’m just trying to help you balance out your impending sugar coma.) It’s not just any old Halloween snack. This, my friends, is a puff-pastry intestine for all ages to enjoy.
It starts with our go-to green chicken enchilada filling using homemade salsa verde (or you could use a store-bought favorite if tomatillos aren’t readily available in your area). The process is really quite simple, but you’ll need a fairly long, clean countertop. Then, just cut your puff pastry into long strips and seal them together. Add your filling, pinch the puff pastry, and bake.
The filling is completely adaptable to whatever flavors or fillings you like best. I can’t think of a single filling that wouldn’t be absolutely delicious wrapped up in a tube of puff pastry. (I found this recipe over at Canary Girl, where the guts are filled with guacamole.) Puff pastry is the ultimate light and flaky dough, and it’s perfect for this recipe. You can easily stretch it and pinch it, so it’s simple to seal the filling within your intestine shaped tube. I decided to use our chicken enchilada filling because it’s creamy, delicious, and green, and I firmly believe that this intestine should be properly represented on such an important holiday. Intestine guts are gooey and green, right?
So whether your taking the kids out for a night of Halloween tricks and treats or just sitting on your couch watching scary movies, eating some fancy Halloween-style popcorn, while your dog snuggles up next to you in her penguin costume (can you guess which one I’ll be doing?), make sure you’re eating plenty of puff pastry intestine and candy. The time for munching on fake body parts and stuffing your face with obnoxious amounts of candy only comes around once a year!