Halloween is probably my favorite holiday – no stress with cooking or entertaining. Just decorate your house, inside and out, maybe dress in costume and of course hand out candy or other goodies to all the neighborhood children. For the past few years I give the kids small bags of goldfish and they seem to love them. I mean how much candy can they eat!
I enjoy seeing the costumes each year – some are really very creative and the little ones are always adorable. I’ve lived here 12 years so many of the kids are older now. Then there is the ritual of pumpkin carving or how about a Pineapple Jack-O-Lantern?
I first saw this very cute idea in an issue of Food Network Magazine and then later saw this huge display of pineapples at one of my Meijer stores. So, I decided a Pineapple Jack-O-Lantern would be this years’ Halloween contribution to my blog. It would make a great centerpiece for your Halloween table or party. Plus, you get to enjoy all that wonderful fruit in a salad, alongside a nice piece of ham or even in a cake.
I didn’t show how I used my pineapple corer so here are some pictures: It does require a little “muscle” to twist it down and pull it up. As you can see it is juicy… but you end up with perfect pineapple slices. See the crooked pineapple on the right? It’s important to use one that is straight. Then of course you cut out the core – I ended up making a hole in the bottom and pulling it out. That’s where I placed the candle.
- pineapple corer (makes removing the center flesh a lot easier)
- assorted knives – I like using my bird’s beak paring knife for the face
- tea lites, can be battery operated
- assorted LED lights, I even used a flashing Halloween necklace
- Fall leaves, assorted pumpkins and gourds
Slice the top off of your pineapple and set aside. If you have a pineapple corer that’s great as it makes the job of removing the inside much easier. Do this near your sink as it does get a little messy – the pineapple I used was very ripe and had a lot of juice.
Once you have removed the inside you can begin to carve the face. I used a bird’s peak knife that worked great – nothing fancy you know, at least for me. It has a curved blade and allowed me to make all of the cutouts look as good as possible. I cut downward within the eyes and mouth so the candle would be more exposed.
Recipe by cooking with aunt juju
If you would like to see past Halloween goodies I have made, go to Halloween Treats. Below are a few examples: