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Bits of Brain Matter Appetizers

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While it's nice to have a "brain mold" for a Halloween gathering, it seems that I end up with a mess of grey jello for days following Halloween. 

This year I'm creating some truly terrifying tidbits which I don't expect to last after the big night has passed.

These appetizers are easy to make and don't necessarily require special equipment or ingredients.

Also, because the appetizers are small, guests can serve themselves as many as they want without being afraid of spoiling the imagery.
 
 
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Step 1: Gather up the goods...

These 24* simple appetizers are made with 12 oz of salad shrimp, and a gelatin mixture consisting of...

1/2 cup chicken broth
Half an envelope of unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup chicken broth, which has been chilled 
1 Tablespoon of reconstituted lemon juice 
2 Tablespoons of tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic 
1 Tablespoon of corn syrup (optional)

Several Miniature Muffin Tins
Two rimmed Baking Sheets (that will accommodate the muffin tins)

*the gelatin mixture will easily cover more than 24 appetizers.  In my opinion it is more economical to toss out the excess than to attempt to split the gelatin recipe into smaller fractions.  Feel free to add another bag of shrimp without creating more of the gelatin mixture  - - that is if you have an abundance of muffin tins and space in the refrigerator since the unused gelatin will start to firm up quickly.
MKM10 months ago
Just getting around to writing....this was such a hit at our party. Thanks for sharing!
MKM10 months ago
Just getting around to writing....this was such a hit at our party. Thanks for sharing!
MMeier52410 months ago
Yummers!!! Will they make me smarter??
kcli (author)  MMeier52410 months ago
I hope not...You are already smarter than the average bear!
We love this and are going to give it a shot for a party we're attending next weekend!

Would you be able to tell us where we can find the pictures you used for under your plate? That was a great touch!
kcli (author)  Jonesy Boogieman10 months ago
Oh how fun!

I got the picture from an (outdated - 1970's) medical text book I found at my thrift store. I wonder if you might be able to find something similar at your library?
Cameronmo11 months ago
At first I thought it was someone wearing a swim cap like one of these:https://www.google.com/search?q=floral+shower+cap&safe=off&espv=210&es_sm=122&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=fDloUvroF5fH4AOVu4GwCA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=985#es_sm=122&espv=210&q=floral+swim+cap&safe=off&tbm=isch
kcli (author)  Cameronmo11 months ago
Haha...actually, those aren't as bad as the skintight ones I had to wear as a kid in the '60's.
jessyratfink11 months ago
Ha! That is amazing and gross. Love it. :D