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October 25, 2011

Scary Halloween Sandwiches

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches get dressed up for spooky fun

  • Michelle Riley/The HSUS

Trick or treat, savory or sweet? It’s your choice, depending on the filling you pick for this sandwich in disguise. Packed in a school lunch box or brown-bagged for the office, this sandwich is sure to scare up a few smiles.

We chose the classic PB&J combo—in part, because the chow mein noodle "legs" stick to the peanut butter center like flies to a spider's web. Other options you may wish to try: hummus; non-dairy cream cheese and olive spread; or even eggless egg salad.

Serves 1

2 slices pumpernickel bread
chunky peanut butter and apricot jelly/jam (or your choice of filling)
chow mein noodles (or try pretzel sticks or carrot sticks)
one small carrot (for eyes)
2 chocolate chips (also for eyes)

Use cookie cutters or a small cake pan (the top layer of a tiered cake pan set works well) to stamp the monster's "body" out of two slices of bread.

Tip: Let the bread sit for 10-15 minutes once the shape has been cut out—this makes it easier to spread the filling in the center as the bread will be slightly more firm.

Spread the filling on one slice and top with the remaining slice.

To make eyes: Cut two small carrot rounds. Press them into the top slice of sandwich bread. Top with a dab of peanut butter (or other sticky ingredient) and press the chocolate chips on top.

To make legs: Insert eight pieces of lo mein at even intervals around the body of the sandwich.

Pack carefully for transport, or assemble just before eating. Happy Halloween!

This recipe was inspired by the Scary Monster Treat in Jennifer McCann's delightful Vegan Lunch Box collection of recipes.


(per serving)

Calories: 421
Fat: 16 grams
Carbs: 145 grams
Fiber: 8 grams
Protein: 8 grams

Read more from the Guide to Meat-Free Meals