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Scare everyone on Halloween when you ask them if they'd like to try a stuffed cockroach! They're simply whole dates stuffed with cream cheese and walnuts.

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IngredientsServes: 24

  • 225g cream cheese
  • 30g finely chopped walnuts
  • 500g whole pitted dates

MethodPrep:1hr ›Ready in:1hr

  1. Mix cream cheese and walnuts together in a small bowl.
  2. Slice one side of each date lengthwise using a small sharp knife, creating an opening. Carefully spoon cream cheese mixture into the middle of each date; pinch the dates closed. Stack them on a plate with cut sides down.

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Reviews in English (4)

by Jaana Smith Bauman

Made exactly as written. Wish I would have bought chives to create better antennae with. These were good! I think next time I'll do more to kick up the flavors though. Cinnamon and nutmeg in the cream cheese mix, maybe? Or sitting on top of something.. like crumbled chocolate cookies. Extra flavor and more effect.-29 Oct 2013

by Scooby Snacks

I made it but I used full fat cream cheese since I had it on hand and added fresh ground nutmeg and cinnamon for flavor. They tasted great! We could not stay out of them. But I do recommend adding these spices to the recipe. I think the dates would be bland without them.-04 Oct 2018

  • First, put the cockroach in a plastic, sealable baggie and put it in the freezer for 5 minutes (to ensure the cockroach is dead).
  • Wash the cockroach and dry it on a sheet or paper towel.
  • Heat a frying pan with some olive oil.
  • Fry the cockroach until it is brown and crispy.
  • Remove the oil, turn off the heat, and add a small amount of sugar and soy sauce.
  • When the sugar melts and turns into caramel, take the cockroach out of the pan and onto a plate, ready to serve.
  • Ingredients
    • 7-10 American Cockroaches (periplaneta Americana), or 5 hissing cockroaches
    • 1 onion
    • 1 green pepper
    • 5 cups of rice
    • 2 teaspoons of ginger powder (fresh ginger can be substituted and is actually preferred)
    • Vegetable oil
    • Salt (to taste)
    • Make sure to remove the wings and legs of the roaches. These will not be needed in the recipe.
    • Boil the rice
    • In a wok, add about three teaspoons of vegetable oil. Heat the oil, add the vegetables and heat for three to five minutes. You will want the vegetables to be crisp.
    • In a separate pan, heat about three more tablespoons of vegetable oil and fry the cockroaches about 30 seconds to a minute (do not over-fry them, they cook quickly).
    • Place cockroaches into the stir-fry and serve on top of the rice.
    • A variation to this recipe could be to dice the vegetables and make fried rice.

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    If you like blue cheese then try that paired with the dates. I have called these dates, stuffed 'roaches because they do look a bit like those nasty little cockroaches when laid out to eat.

    Sadly I forgot to take a photo at the time of the container they were in which I decorated to look like a coffin. I simply printed off a wooden coffin design from online and used it on top of the box the dates came in. It looked just like you were opening a coffin with these little cockroaches inside. The guests loved that and they were a real hit when passed around.

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    Look for a cool ceramic vampire coffin is designed to hold dips and comes with a cute RIP spreader as well. I wish I'd seen this before I spent ages making a coffin for my cockroach dates!

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    In low-level lighting which you're likely to have for that Halloween atmosphere, the raisins look like they could easily pass for dead flies or mouse droppings - eugh.

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    Finding ideas for savory snacks that were simple to prepare wasn't easy at all. I found a few ideas online but nearly everything was for sweet treats and I'm more of an appetizer kind of gal.

    I hope you've enjoyed reading my justhalloweencrafts page today, thanks for your visit. If you loved these easy ideas, feel free to leave a comment below.

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    1/4 C. walnuts, chopped semi-fine
    20-30 dates, pitted


    1. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese and nuts til well mixed.

    2. Gently fill each date with cream cheese/nut mixture (you may have to split the dates slightly).

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    Decoration and food ideas for an Asylum-themed Halloween party!

    I know this really isn’t about food at all, but I’m a HUGE fan of Halloween and every year my husband and I throw a themed Halloween party. This year, the theme is “Asylum,” and I wanted to share some of our preparations!

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    I followed the instructions pretty closely, but didn’t add any cracks or limbs into the drawers like he did, and I didn’t make one of them look like it was partially open. I put the names of a few guests onto the drawers for fun, and pointed a black light at them!

    X-Ray Board

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    Normally I go pretty crazy with the food at our Halloween parties, but then I usually end up spending most of my time in the kitchen. So this year I’m preparing a few key snacks and treats, but we’ll be ordering chicken wings for dinner from a local restaurant.

    The snacks will be stuffed cockroaches (dates sliced in half and stuffed with cream cheese), bloody popcorn (popcorn drizzled with butter dyed with red food coloring), some body part gummy candy (eyeballs, feet, etc.), and “brain tissue sample cupcakes” (found here at Living Locurto).

    If you use the stuffed cockroaches at your party, I highly recommend buying some fake plastic cockroaches as well and scattering them around the rest of the food. It looks like they slipped off of one plate and took over the rest of the food!

    As for drinks, I purchased some real urine sample cups and will be filling them with pineapple juice and rum! I also found some IV bags on Amazon that are specifically for drinks, so those will be filled with either a dark red or clear liquids.

    Finishing Touches

    Target and the 99 Cent Store are my favorite places to go for cheap add-ons to any party.

    At the 99 Cent Store I found some cheap skeleton animals, like a vulture, and some “bloody gauze” for the kitchen table.

    At Target I found orange string lights for $4 each (100 lights per string), some black lights, and every year I pick up more black “creepy cloth” (basically gauze-like fabric) which can be used anywhere. This year it’s covering an upside down bin being used as an end table, and a ceiling light that was too bright to dim it a bit.

    I had a roll of brown butcher paper laying around, so I wrote “PLEASE HELP US” on it with my fingers using dark red paint. I added some hand prints as well, and put it up on the wall.

    We’ll also be playing some asylum-themed movies on our TV (Gothika, Shutter Island, and American Horror Story Asylum), and my husband has assembled a playlist full of songs using the words “crazy.”

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