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Halloween Roaches- Goat Cheese & Prosciutto Dates

October 28, 2020 | Updated October 5, 2021 Jump to Recipe

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These roaches will give your guests a fright and a treat! The roaches' bodies are made of dried dates. They are stuffed with goat cheese so when you squish the roach, 'guts' will come out. Underneath the bodies is a strip of prosciutto which makes these critters extra tasty!

Halloween Roaches- Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Dates

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN

These halloween roaches (goat cheese & prosciutto dates) are a part of my 31 Days of Halloween. For each day in October, I come up with a cocktail recipe and snack recipe that perfectly matches a scary movie, Halloween movie, or a fun spooky activity. Check it out for all of your Halloween snack and drinking desires!

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DELICIOUS, CREEPY, & CRAWLY

Happy week of Halloween! I love insects, but I absolutely cannot stand roaches! They give me the ultimate creeps. These date roaches are so life-like with their six little legs, antennae, and guts (AKA: goat cheese). When the roaches are squished, the goat cheese pops out just like a real roach! The prosciutto adds deliciousness and crispiness. These roaches are sure to give people a fright and a treat! I made this Halloween roaches for the movie, Hotel Transylvania because they have a big bowl of cockroach paste sitting on their buffet table!


HALLOWEEN ROACH INGREDIENTS

Dried dates: These will be the bodies of the roaches. When cut into thin strips, they also serve as the legs and antennae.

Goat Cheese: I use plain goat cheese to stuff the inside of the dried dates.

Prosciutto: While not completely necessary to add, it adds great flavor and crispiness to these dates.

HOW TO MAKE HALLOWEEN ROACH DATES

Cut a slit on one side of the dried date. If your dates have pits, remove the pit. Fill the inside of the date with plain goat cheese.

Cut the prosciutto into 4" x 3" rectangles. Fold the prosciutto so it will fit on the bottom of the date. Using a toothpick, secure the prosciutto to cover the slit in the date. Place the dates on a baking sheet and bake for 3-5 minutes at 350°F until the prosciutto is crispy.

Once the dates are cool enough to handle, form holes in the dates using a toothpick- 2 in the front (on the head) for the antennae and 3 on each side of the date for the legs.

Cut thin strips of date with the leftover dates. Push the thin strips into the holes you formed. Voilà! A delicious spooky Halloween roach!

Halloween Recipe for Hotel Transylvania Cockroach


WHAT TO SERVE WITH THESE HALLOWEEN ROACHES

Sparkling Strawberry Gin; To keep up with the Hotel Transylvania theme, serve these roaches with this sparkling strawberry gin. It's my version of Dracula's Blood Beaters!

Avocado Jalapeno Dip; Dips are the perfect next to finger foods! This avocado jalapeno dip is creamy and spicy!

• Halloween Charcuterie Board; These roaches would be perfect for a Halloween snack board!

For this recipe:

If you want to watch my video of me making my creepy Halloween roaches for the first time- click the video below!

Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Dates Recipe

Halloween Roaches- Goat Cheese & Prosciutto Dates

These roaches will give your guests a fright and a treat! The roaches' bodies are made of dried dates. They are stuffed with goat cheese so when you squish the roach, guts will come out. Underneath the bodies is a strip of prosciutto which makes these critters extra tasty!

By Laura Bullock | Laura The Gastronaut

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 roaches

Ingredients

• 12 pitted dried dates
• 4 ounces goat cheese
• 2-4 slices prosciutto


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Cut a slit down one side of 8 dried dates, and fill the dates full of goat cheese.
3. Cut a piece of prosciutto into about a 4" x 3" rectangle. Fold the prosciutto in half. Using a toothpick, adhere the prosciutto to the bottom side of the roach.
4. Bake the roaches on a baking sheet for 3-5 minutes just until the prosciutto becomes crispy.
5. Using the extra dried dates, cut thin strips. These will be the roaches' legs and antennae. You will need six legs and two antennae for each roach.
6. Once the dates are cool enough to hand, use a toothpick to prick small holes into the dried date. 3 small holes on the left side, 3 small holes on the right side, and two small holes in the front. Carefully insert the small strips of dried date into the holes.

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Category: Appetizers, Halloween Cuisine: American

Keywords: halloween, roaches, goat cheese, dates, prosciutto

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Bon appétit!!

October 28, 2020 [Updated October 5, 2021] by Laura Bullock

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