This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are my own.
Can I be honest with you guys? I’ve never been much of a Halloween person. We all know the people who are – they decorate their yard like a cemetery, hang trick-or-treat pumpkin buckets on all of their light fixtures, dress up multiple times in the month of October, host incredible parties where the requirement is to come in costume. It’s fun, it’s cool, but I never understood the appeal.
Until I had kids.
Now I’m still not the yard-decorating, pumpkin-hanging, multiple-costume-wearing one, but hosting a fun Halloween-themed family get together? Count me all in! Especially when I can make the entire thing something that kids and adults will enjoy. Much of that tends to be cupcakes, peeled grapes, and of course candy. But this year? The winning dish is these Buffalo Style Pumpkins with Death Eater Ranch. Besides the fact that it’s fun, the whole thing comes together in a snap thanks to Tyson Any’tizers Boneless Chicken Wyngz. 30 minutes stands between you and a really fun Halloween party that you’ll turn into an annual tradition with friends and family.
Beside the fact that one person could put this together easily, it is also a fun activity to do with kids of all ages. If your kids are old enough and you trust their knife skills, then by all means put them to work cutting matchstick carrots and celery. Don’t trust them so much to do that? Mixing the ranch together with a whisk could be totally up their alley. And pretty much anyone can put together the pumpkins – turning it into a race is always a way to my boys’ hearts!
I call this Death Eater Ranch because it’s spicy, garlicky, and basically all the good things you would want in a ranch dressing recipe. That being said, if you know your tribe isn’t into the super spicy then just cut out the cayenne or cut back on the raw garlic – it will still taste like a slice of heaven with those Buffalo Style Pumpkins. Tailor everything to be what you know your people enjoy because, as we all know, spending time with them is the most important and fun part of all!
BUFFALO STYLE PUMPKINS WITH DEATH EATER RANCH
Makes approximately 32 pumpkins
- 1 package Tyson Buffalo Style Any’tizers Boneless Wyngz
- 3-4 baby carrots
- 1 large stalk celery
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried chives
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced very fine or pasted on a microplane grater
- Cook the Tyson Buffalo Style Any’tizers Boneless Wyngz according to package directions.
- While they are cooking, very carefully cut the baby carrots and celery into thin matchstick slices to match the number of Any’tizers Boneless Wyngz cooking in the oven. You will want these to be fairly sturdy, but thin.
- Set aside.
- To make the Death Eater Ranch whisk together all of the remaining ingredients and store immediately in the refrigerator.
- When the boneless wyngz are done cooking, allow them to cool for about 5-10 minutes until they are cool enough to handle.
- For each pumpkin stick one piece of carrot and one piece of celery into the top of one of the wyngz until it resembles a pumpkin stem.
- Place on a serving platter and repeat until all of the pumpkins are assembled.
- Pour the Death Eater Ranch into a bowl for dipping, or for a fun presentation into a squeeze bottle to write a spooky message on the serving platter.