Spooky Soup and Sandwiches for Halloween

Banish the chill lurking in the room and warm up lost souls with spicy ham sandwiches and a speedy winter squash soup. Roll up some sugar cookie dough into the shape of fingers for a wicked dessert that points right to Halloween at the end of the week.


Wine Suggestions: Chablis or Chardonnay

Deviled Ham and Pecan Tea Sandwiches

Gourmet | January 2008

Paul Grimes

Yield: Makes 32 tea sandwiches

Active time: 25 min

Total time: 25 min


  • 1/2 pound cooked ham, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion, quartered
  • 3 large sweet gherkins
  • 1/2 cup pecans,toasted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 16 slices firm white sandwich bread
  • Garnish: chopped parsley and pecans


Pulse all ingredients except bread in a food processor until finely chopped and combined well.

Spread ham mixture (1/4 cup per sandwich) between slices of bread. Discard crusts, then cut sandwiches into triangles.

Cooks' note: Sandwiches can be chilled, covered with dampened paper towels, then plastic wrap, 3 hours.

Photo by Romulo Yanes


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