Halloween Recipes – Zombie Brain Pate

October 13th, 2008 Posted in Recipes 16 Comments »
Brain Pate
Brain Pate

This is a recipe for a creamy seafood pate, or dip, which you can put on crackers, vegetables, or wedges of bread. You will need to get a brain mold, or some other kind of mold, to use to shape your pate. Makes a nice shrimp or crab flavored dip, which can be spooky as long as you use a spooky mold.

I found this brain mold for sale on Amazon. You can pick one up and do some additional Christmas shopping for the kids while you are at it.

The Recipe

  • 1 can (about 10 oz) reduced sodium, low fat cream of mushroom soup
  • 8 ounces reduced fat or low fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 envelope unflavored (and sugar free) gelatin softened in 1/4 cup water
  • 3 pounds cooked shrimp, coarsely chopped (or 1 pound crab meat)
  • 1 cup lite, reduced fat, or low fat mayonnaise (or Miracle Whip)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Tabasco or creole seasoning to taste
  • oil or Pam non-stick spray for surface of mold


Directions

If you have a food processor, you may want to grind your shrimp or crab meat up into more of a paste. This will give the pate more of a smooth texture, all the better to resemble actual brain matter. =)

Be careful with your cream of mushroom soup, because most versions made with cream are high in fat.

  1. Heat the mushroom soup, undiluted, in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir occasionally to keep from burning or sticking to pan.
  3. Mix the cream cheese in with the soup.
  4. Stir in softened gelatin and blend well.
  5. Fold in remaining ingredients and pour into your lightly-oiled mold.
  6. Chill until firm and serve with your favorite crackers.

Once firm, you should be able to dump the pate out into a bowl or even onto a plate. The oil or non-stick spray is what allows us to dump it out. Don’t forget to lightly grease that mold!


How to Fold

When preparing a recipe, folding is a method of mixing better that is often demonstrated on cooking channels, but not often practiced by those of us who are content eating tuna and chicken 4 times a day. Of course I learned how to fold in Home Economics class back in high school, promptly forgot, and then relearned again a couple years ago for some recipes I was trying out. I do enjoy cooking healthy protein-laced meals.

Because you may not know how to fold, I’ll give you a quick low-down. Basically you want to take a flat spatula and turn the mixture over onto itself, rather than stirring with a spoon.

The author of the video I was going to use as a demo won’t let me embed the video outside of YouTube, so check out this link for instructions: how to fold. I refuse to link to the video, but if you must view it, check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R73qOyA198M.

Healthy, Low Fat, High Protein Eatin’s

As long as you use low fat ingredients when possible, you will end up with a very tasty, moderately healthy dip for crackers, veggies, or bread wedgies. The cream of mushroom soup can be found in a lower fat version, I know because I found it.

I recommend shrimp instead of crab meat, unless you really purchase high quality real crab meat. Don’t use that processed crab-meat-in-a-packet garbage. Bring to work in a small bowl with whole grain or whole wheat crackers for a healthy snack. Serve at a Halloween party with low fat chips or crackers, and surprise your guests with a tasty, but spooky, health food dip!

Nutrition

I really can’t give a nutrient profile on this because of all the variables. It depends on what kind of cream cheese, soup, mayo, and seafood you use. You are going to end up with something that has a moderate amount of protein, fat and carbs. No idea about the total calories. This is more of a Zone Diet 30/30/40 type of meal.

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16 Responses to “Halloween Recipes – Zombie Brain Pate”

  1. Great idea, but I think I’d barf if I had to eat it :-P

  2. Jordans says:

    See the only problem with being so creative with food is once you are done you don’t want anybody to eat it lol =P

  3. Gerald says:

    I agree with the prior two comments, something like this brain pate is best admired than eaten. How does it taste?

  4. mercola says:

    i’m very impressed with thier talents
    they are very creative. if it is healthy i’ll eat it for sure.

  5. Tony R. says:

    Great recipe , it’s good to have healthy recipes that taste good….because if don’t we just turn back to our bad habits.
    The trick to maintain a healthy meal plan, is to do recipes that are healthy but tastes better than unhealthy recipes.

  6. Jordans says:

    Anoteher way to get yourself to to start eating good is have cheat days. For example 1 day out the week you can eat the donut in the morning and so on. That way it doesnt go so hard on you and as time passes you will see yourself not needing that donut in the mornings.

  7. Just the words cream cheese and mayo should be a hint that it isn’t that great for you, but probably better made then some of the other alternatives out there. Instead of eating a pound of Halloween candy.

  8. Jordans says:

    That looks so good!

  9. Gabriel says:

    That looks really good but after so much work to eat it? i dont know

  10. Hi,
    thanks for the healthy tips.
    I like very much your blog.This is nice collection and references information.

  11. Hi,
    thanks for the healthy tips.
    I like very much your blog.This is nice collection and references information.
    Keep it up

  12. Great recipe , it’s good to have healthy recipes that taste good.

  13. Sean Brown says:

    Can canned chicken be substitiuted for shrimp?
    I CAN’T STAND SEAFOOD!

  14. Loving these recipes. Shame halloween just passed, I would have went and made that pie!

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