Delightful, frightful appetizers perfect for Halloween!
Now here’s a classy Halloween appetizer for you! These would be adorable served at a Halloween cocktail party or luncheon, but I served them with a simple salad (spinach, plums, blackberries, pumpkin seeds, balsamic vinaigrette; recipe here) as the first course at Disney Dinners: Haunted Mansion.
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These cuties are quite fun to make! Kids would love cutting out shapes out of pie crust. You’ll need two ghosts per hand pie. If you’d rather make your own pie crusts, be my guest, but since I was making so many other components of my dinner party, I opted for store bought crusts.
You could make these for so many different occasions (Christmas Tree Hand Pies, anyone?) and with so many different jams. Make sure to not overfill them, otherwise you won’t be able to seal them and brie and jam will leak right out during baking.
Use a small culinary paint brush (as in, one you keep in the kitchen and only use for food) to brush a bit of water around the edge of the bottom layer, line up the top piece, and carefully seal the edges to prevent leaking. Use a fork to crimp the edges for extra protection.
These beauties are buttery, jammy, and go great with salad.
Ghost (and Coffin!) Hand Pies
1 package pie crust (2 crusts) or two homemade pie crusts
8 oz brie
Cherry or raspberry spread or jam
Ghost cookie cutter
Small culinary paint brush*
*By culinary, I mean a regular small paint brush that you only use in the kitchen and never for painting.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll pie crust out so that it’s a little thinner than how it comes in a box. Cut out an equal amount of ghosts. You’ll need two pieces per hand pie.
- Cut brie into slices, then each slide in half. Set a piece of brie in the center of each ghost. Top with a small dollop of jam. Do not overfill. You need plenty of space around the edges for it to work.
- Dip a kitchen paint brush (one that’s only used in the kitchen!) in water and “paint” the edge of each ghost with water. Set a second ghost on top of each prepared brie ghost. Gently pinch the top and bottom crusts together, taking care that each pie is fully sealed. Crimp with a fork.
- Beat an egg with a fork. Use a pastry brush to brush egg wash on each hand pie. Transfer to cooking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Cool five minutes and serve.
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