Happy Halloween, everybody! I’m sharing a couple of favorite things today. First, this is the oldest Halloween decoration I have from my childhood. We’ve had it as long as I can remember. Isn’t he cute?!!!!
Second, I’m sharing our traditional Halloween dinner. Our oldest daughter’s birthday is the first week of November, so over the years she would have Halloween themed birthday parties. I made this dinner one year for one of those birthday parties and it’s been a tradition ever since. We even managed to have it every year through the college years, not necessarily on the day of Halloween, but at some point during the month. There is no recipe card for the bread – I saw it somewhere once and just figured it out. I will show you the recipe for the lasagna. It comes from the Better Homes and Gardens HOLIDAY COOK BOOK for Special Occasions, which was a birthday present I received from our neighbors on my 12th birthday! So without further ado, I present – our Lasagna and Spider Bread!
This really is a great recipe!
Here is the recipe as I made it:
1 pound Italian sausage, pork sausage, or ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley (I used dried)
1 Tablespoon dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1-pound can (2 cups) tomatoes
2 6-ounce cans (1 1/3 cups) tomato paste
1 10-ounce package lasagna noodles
2 12-ounce cartons (3 cups) large-curd cream-style cottage cheese
2 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons chopped parsley (I use dried for this, too)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced thin (or you can use shredded to make it easier to distribute the cheese)
Brown meat slowly; spoon off excess fat.
Add next 6 ingredients to meat.
Simmer, uncovered, until thick, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Cook noodles according to directions on box.
Combine cottage cheese with next 5 ingredients.
Place half the noodles in 9″ x 13″ baking dish; spread half the cottage cheese mixture over; add half the mozzarella cheese and half the meat mixture.
Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before cutting into squares.
Put frozen bread dough loaves onto greased baking sheet.
Spray plastic wrap with non-stick spray and cover loaves.
Let thaw and rise overnight.
Remove wrap and form loaves into spider shapes.
Let rise 1 hour.
Brush with 1 beaten egg.
Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
Bake in 350 degree oven until golden brown, about 30-40 minutes, depending on size of spider.
See how cheesy and delicious the lasagna becomes after baking!
I use frozen bread dough (I did make this with 3 children, originally), but you can sure make your own bread dough to use if you want to.
The dough is puffy and bubbly, so you have to punch it down before forming the spiders. I use the same plastic wrap to cover them while rising.
They come out puffed and golden and hairy (the poppy seeds are supposed to make them hairy looking) and not too scary.
Add a green salad and you have the perfect Halloween meal.
This lasagna is good anytime, not just on Halloween. Try these for your little trick-or-treaters. They’ll hold off on the candy if they get to pull apart and devour a big spider!