In the Halloween spirit, I offer Witchy Guacamole Dip for snacking during your annual festivities. It’s fun to make, especially if you have an artistic 10-year-old nephew, and the avocados contain that healthy fat you’ve been hearing so much about lately.
Since we’re living in a neighborhood where we’re expected to get upwards of 80 trick-or-treaters this year, I’m feeling a bit more festive than usual. We even have actual pumpkins on the front porch! If you add up every single trick-or-treater the CompostMaster and I have had in 11 years of marriage, we barely make it into double digits. But this year will be different. Heck, we might even dress up. Please send costume suggestions.
I found this Witchy Guacamole Dip recipe in the Celebrate! issue of Woman’s World magazine. I prepared the dip and then summoned the nephew’s creative genius. He read the recipe with lots of comments like “no, we aren’t doing THAT,” “witches don’t have yellow eyes,” and “we need to add teeth.” Oh, and my favorite – “are we making the Black Cat Frozen Margaritas too?” That kid.
Decorating Witchy Guacamole Dip
All I did was buy ingredients, make the dip, and cut the carrots. Tyler took it from there. Here are his tips:
- The pupils (olives) should be flush with the eyes (bell pepper) instead of sitting on top. Shape the eyes, then cut small circles out of the middle of each. Take 1 piece of a sliced black olive, snip it to break the ring, then tighten it into a spiral before stuffing it into the circle.
- The original recipe had eyebrows made from pickles (green) and hair made from carrots (orange). Tyler felt strongly that they should be the same, hence our carrot brows. Tyler also pointed out that the way you place the eyebrows indicates whether your witch is surprised or angry.
- Snip off tips of a gherkin to create a wart for the nose and a mole.
- Use pineapple to create yellow teeth, since white teeth would be “too perfect” for a witch.
The main problem we had was that the dip never got as firm as we expected. We ended up creating a mold out of foil, filling it with dip, and putting it in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes. Then we flipped it onto our serving platter. We had some clean-up to do, but I think it was easier than trying to create the face directly on the platter. Your mileage may vary.
Like this Witchy Guacamole Dip? You might also like Halloween Mummy Celery Sticks.
Witchy Guacamole Dip
- 3 avocados halved and pitted
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 ounces chive and onion cream cheese spread softened
- 1/2 cup Roasted Tomatillo Salsa or prepared salsa verde from a jar
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions about 2
- 3 large carrots cut into 2- to 3-inch long sticks
- Blue corn tortilla chips
- Gherkins or small dill pickles
- Red bell pepper
Make the Dip:
- Scoop avocado flesh into a bowl. Add lime juice and salt and mash together until smooth. Stir in cream cheese spread, Roasted Tomatillo Salsa or salsa verde, and scallions. Cover and refrigerate until dip is firm enough to shape, at least 2 hours.
Shape the face:
- We created a mold out of aluminum foil, filled it with dip, and inverted it onto a rectangular serving platter. Then we refined and cleaned up the edges. If your dip is firmer, you may not need the mold. Make sure to leave room at the top for the hair and hat, e.g. place the dip off-center and more towards the bottom of the platter.
For the eyes:
- Cut 2 slices of red bell pepper into rectangles, then round off the corners so you end up with almond shapes. Cut circles out of the middle of each and stuff with black olive slices.
For the eyebrows:
- Thin 2 of the carrot sticks.
For the nose:
- Use the bumpiest gherkin in your jar. To create a wart, snip off the end of another gherkin and attach it to the "nose" with a dab of dip.
For the mouth:
- You can simply use a single strip of red bell pepper. Or, you can create a mouth and teeth with red bell pepper strips and trimmed pineapple chunks.
For the mole:
- Snip off another end of a gherkin.
For the hair:
- Arrange carrot sticks across the top and halfway down the sides of the face.
For the hat:
- Arrange blue corn tortilla chips over carrots.