Halloween Monsterous mains – Ghoul-ash and Petrified Peppers

I thought I would make a couple ‘mains’ for Halloween today. When we have our Bonfire/Halloween parties 👻 we use paper plates and insulated paper cups, lazy, yes, easy – defiantly… one veggie, one meat, both crowd pleasers.


I bought some yellow Bell peppers, I carefully cut the ‘lid’ off the peppers and remove the seeds, I cut a face into each pepper, just like you would a pumpkin, I put them in a oiled muffin tin so they keep their balance when they cook. There are loads of different ideas on this theme on the interweb – I took the general idea and went with what I thought would taste good 😋

I fill the peppers with a mix of cooked rice (2 cups of rice to 4 cups of water), I gently fry a chopped onion, add a teaspoon of mixed herbs, add the dried rice, the water and a teaspoon of Marigold Veg stock powder. Bring to boil, simmer for a few minutes then turn off the heat and leave to absorb, then cool.

Whilst this is happening, turn the oven onto 180 to heat up, then finely chop some spring onions, feta cheese and stir into the rice mix. Rip up a ball of mozzarella to top the rice with.

Stuff the peppers, topping with a torn up bit of mozzarella and their ‘lid’ and place the muffin tin, with the peppers in the oven for 30-40 minutes till fully cooked.


For the ‘Ghoul-ash’ (Goulash), I have used this recipe  http://www.hairybikers.com/recipes/view/beef-goulash#fdEu6lFXyu6B6AZR.97

take some cubed stewing steak, and a large sliced onion and gently brown off, place into an ovenproof dish.  Add a crushed oxo cube, a crushed fat clove of garlic and a teaspoon of paprika,  2 bay leaves, a diced red and green pepper, give it a good stir.

Add a tin of chopped tomatoes and a good squeeze of tomato purée, a pin of salt and pepper, another stir and place into the hot oven for 1-2 hours till all tender and reduced.


I like to use some Greek plain yogurt to for a Ghost on the top of the Ghoul-ash.


You can put this in a slow cooker to keep warm, Serve the dishes in a cup with a spoon and and watch the fireworks 💥

Thank you to Aldi who paid for the ingredients used in this post.

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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