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Halloween Pica-pica and Get-together Suggestions for All Hallows’ Eve

Halloween is a fun time for kids, with the trick-or-treating, parties, and other activities to take part in. But Halloween isn’t just for kids. Adults like you and me can have fun on All Hallows’ Eve, too!

Even if you aren’t fond of costume parties, you can still get your family and friends together to enjoy a relaxing time together, especially since we have a super long weekend to look forward to at the end of this month. Read on as we share with you some of the things you can do on this Halloween weekend…

 

Scream Your Lungs Out with a Horror Movie Marathon!

The funny thing about people is that we love to scare ourselves. Well, then, Halloween is definitely the best time of the year for you and your loved ones to get a good scare. And one very effective way to do that is to watch a bunch of horror movies.

Do a quick online search for good horror movies and draw up a list of movies to watch as early as now. After all, All Hallows’ Eve is just around the corner. And don’t forget to prepare something to munch on for your horror marathon as well. Other than the usual popcorn and chichiria, you may want to grab some SLERS chicharon, too.

 

Unwind with an Intimate Cocktail Get-together

Sometimes the only thing it takes for you to relieve yourself of stress and recharge is some quiet time with the people closest to you. You may want to take the opportunity to get these people together during the long Halloween weekend. A relaxing cocktail get-together should do the trick. Here are some snacks you can prepare for the occasion:

  1. BOB

No, of course we’re not suggesting that you eat someone named Bob! What we are suggesting is a simple yet delicious treat for you and your guests this Halloween—Brie on Bread.

All you need to do is buy your favorite French bread, cut it into bite-sized pieces and then put a slice of Brie on each piece of bread. Voila! You have a tasty treat for your cocktail gathering.

2.Pizza

This is the ultimate go-to treat, especially when you don’t have to think about your menu too much. After all, who doesn’t love pizza?

Choose two or three flavors and have each pizza sliced into bite-sized squares so your guests can easily enjoy it during your get-together.

3. Mini Sandwiches

Make sandwiches as you normally would and then slice each sandwich into four to make bite-sized versions. Yes, it’s that easy to prepare good food for a cocktail gathering with your loved ones!

We suggest you whip up sandwiches using your favorite loaf of bread, cheese, and SLERS ham—a concoction that’s simple yet mouthwateringly good.

4. Pie Crust Dippers with Banana-Nutella Dip

You may buy any brand of refrigerated pie crust you want. Roll it out, cut into your preferred shapes using cookie cutters, and then bake for about 10 minutes (until edges are golden brown).

Puree two medium-sized bananas and then mix it with half a cup of Nutella and eight ounces of Lite Cool Whip. Enjoy!

5. Bacon and Parmesan Pasta

Yes, you’re just having cocktails, but you can’t deny the fact that Filipinos will always appreciate something heavier than finger food at any gathering. So, to satisfy guests who may want a heavy snack to go with their drinks, you may want to prepare this flavorful pasta dish.

You may use either rigatoni or farfalle for this dish, which is easy enough to prepare. Simply make white sauce and then throw in the cooked pasta and some parmesan cheese. Add some SLERS bacon (cut into small pieces) and greens (basil or parsley) for added flavor.

 

These are just two suggestions on how you can enjoy your super long weekend this Halloween. Remember, Halloween pica-pica doesn’t have to look like ghosts and ghouls, and you don’t have to be in costume to have a proper Halloween get-together. What’s important is for you to have a good time with the people you want to spend this occasion with.

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And in case you just want some alone time during the upcoming long weekend, then why not plan a quick weekend getaway? For a day trip, you could bring SLERS ham sandwiches to keep hunger at bay. For a trip that’s a bit longer, you may want to bring SLERS chicharon, banana chips, or peanuts to munch on throughout your vacation. Whatever you choose to do and wherever you choose to go, have fun!

Various Ways to Enjoy Bacon

Bacon is one food many people admit to not being able to live without. If you, too, are a bacon lover, then you would surely appreciate the following recipes that use bacon bits. No matter how much you love a particular food, it can get boring if it’s prepared in the same way every single time. So give one or more of these recipes a try!

 

Salads 

One of the most common ways to use bacon bits is as a salad ingredient. Here are some of the best salads with bacon bits we’ve come across:

1. Fresh Greens and Avocado Salad

Mix your favorite fresh greens with sliced avocado and then top with bacon bits. You may also add shaved parmesan cheese to it and a dressing of plain yogurt, Dijon mustard, green onions, agave nectar, and apple cider vinegar.

2. Tomatoes and Lettuce Salad

Mix tomatoes (preferably cherry tomatoes) with romaine lettuce and then top with parmesan-bacon crisps. Prepare the parmesan-bacon crisps by combining bacon bits and parmesan cheese, and then baking the mixture until golden brown. You may top the salad with a dressing of anchovies, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce.

3. Fresh Summer Salad

Mix watermelon slices, halved strawberries, halved cherry tomatoes, thinly-sliced cucumber, cubed feta cheese, mint leaves, chopped spring onions, olive oil, and red wine vinegar together. Add salt and pepper to taste, and then top with crispy fried smoked bacon bits.

 

Pasta

Other than salads, bacon can also be a perfect ingredient for adding flavor and texture to pasta recipes. Here are our favorites:

1. Bacon and Parmesan Pasta

This recipe is similar to a carbonara, but is creamier and less eggy. The beauty of this recipe lies in the fact that after making the white sauce, you can add ingredients based on what you can find in your kitchen.

2. Squash, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Pasta

This is one pasta dish you can prepare in a cinch. Just caramelize some onions, fry your bacon, cook the pasta, sauté the squash, slice some basil, and then throw them all together (seasoned to taste), along with some goat cheese.

3. Creamy Pasta with Tomato, Bacon, and Ricotta

This is another recipe that’s ideal for times when you only have under an hour to prepare something delicious for your loved ones. Simply put a pot of water on to boil and then cook your bacon until golden brown. Add chopped onion and peppers, garlic, tomatoes, salt, and red pepper flakes. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta in the now-boiling water. Add ricotta cheese to the sauce before spooning it onto the cooked and drained pasta.

 

Other Recipes

Other than salads and pasta recipes, here are other delicious ways you can enjoy your favorite bacon bits:

1. Street-Style Grilled Corn

Grilled corn is a common sight in our markets and a popular treat, especially among children. You can tweak it a little and serve it during a weekend get-together with family and friends. Simply brush the grilled corn with mayonnaise and then roll it in crispy fried and finely crumbled bacon. You may also sprinkle it with chili powder for added bite and serve with lime wedges for a more tropical appeal.

2. Bacon-Cakes and Berries

This is a simple yet mouthwateringly delicious treat to prepare. Just prepare buttermilk pancake batter and then stir crispy fried bacon bits into the batter. Lightly grease a skillet and then cook the pancake in batches over medium heat. Once cooked, you may top your pancakes with fresh berries and serve them with maple syrup.

3. Grilled Onion Crostini

Onion isn’t something many people appreciate, but when paired with bacon and prepared in this manner, you’ll be sure to give it some consideration. Spread softened cream cheese on French baguette slices and then top with grilled onions (thinly sliced) and crispy fried bacon bits. Sprinkle chopped thyme leaves on top, and then add pepper to taste.

Of course, the easiest way to enjoy your favorite bacon is simply to fry it and then serve with toast or rice. But if you’re in the mood for a little creativity and you want to enjoy a classic foodie favorite in interesting ways, then why not try any of the recipes mentioned above?

Food is as much an experience as it is a necessity for our health and nourishment. This is why it is often a good idea to learn new ways of preparing old favorites. And with bacon, you can never go wrong!