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Fresh Zombie Meat Halloween Appetizer

Gross Halloween party foods are always more fun on a stick - even for zombies. A nice dipping sauce on the side of a skewered light meaty bite is always an undead crowd pleaser at Halloween parties. Zombies will appreciate the effort spent on creating a dish that is not only revolting in name, but uses delicious fresh meat in a creative way.

For those still living in attendance at a zombie event, a nice rare steak skewer with a side of spiced tomato sauce is also a good choice for a Halloween appetizer offering.


For Steak

  • Steak cut of your choice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Butter
  • Skewers

For Dipping Sauce

  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 (14 1/2- to 15-oz) can whole tomatoes in juice, coarsely chopped (reserving juice)
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

Cook onion, garlic, ginger, and spices in oil in a 1- to 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, stirring, until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar and simmer over moderately low heat 1 minute. Add tomatoes (with juice) and brown sugar, then increase heat to moderate and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

Purée sauce in a blender until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Serve at room temperature.

Cooks' note: Sauce can be made 3 days ahead and cooled completely, then chilled, covered.


about 1 1/2 cups

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