We have always loved fun recipes for Halloween that add a little bit of trick to our treats. This one is so simple to make but the kids love that it looks like a creepy spider and her eggs. Of course, it’s a great one to let the kids assist with too. They can help form the meatballs for the spider’s eggs and if you place out some bowls of various ingredients, they can use their own creativity to make a spider any way they choose.
You can either purchase the small frozen meatballs or make your own. I made mine out of a pound of ground turkey, seasoned only with a bit of salt and pepper because I wanted the sauce that’s going on them to shine through. I cooked the meatballs in the oven until cooked through and then placed in a skillet with the following: 1/2 cup grape jelly, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce (I really like the apple butter one with this – it’s also good with a regular barbecue sauce and then adding in a tablespoon of apple butter as well). If you want some extra spice, you can throw in some salsa as well. I brought this just up to a boil and then turned it down to a simmer, cooking uncovered for about 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
Place the meatballs on a plate and top with a peeled hardboiled egg as the spider’s body, a black olive as the head, and strips of red pepper as the legs. You can further embellish as desired.