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Creepy Finger Sandwiches

Arrange these "fingers" in hand shapes on a platter, and they’ll disappear like magic. You can also serve them with dipping bowls of blood (ketchup) and green slime (prepared pesto).



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1 cup walnut pieces
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1 ½ cups lentils, rinsed
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¼ cup low-sodium vegetable broth or water
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2 Tbs. olive oil
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3 small cloves garlic, peeled
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2 tsp. chili powder
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2 tsp. lemon juice
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1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
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1 tsp. salt
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8 cups baby spinach, chopped
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13 whole-wheat hot dog buns
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1 small cucumber, cut into 13 diagonal slices
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1 7-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained, cut into thin strips


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place walnuts on baking sheet, and bake 10 minutes, or until browned and fragrant. Cool.

2. Bring lentils and 4 cups water to a boil in saucepan. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 40 minutes, or until lentils are tender and most of water is absorbed. Drain.

3. Purée lentils, walnuts, broth, oil, garlic, chili powder, lemon juice, cumin, and salt in food processor until smooth. Transfer to bowl, and cool 20 minutes, or until barely warm. Stir in spinach.

4. Spread 1/3 cup lentil mixture inside each hot dog bun. Close bun, and gently squeeze so filling mounds up in long "finger" shape along sides. Place one cucumber slice on end of each bun to resemble fingernail. Place 2 strips roasted red pepper on either side of filling in bun to outline "finger" shape. Draw joints and wrinkles with mayonnaise, if desired.

Nutrition Information: 

12 g
Total Fat: 
10.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
39 g
0 mg
445 mg
10 g
6 g
Serves 13

Comments on this Recipe

I wonder what I could do use to substitute for the walnuts. There are so many people allergic to nuts these days, bringing these to an event at the school or at the MFRC would be a serious taboo.

I have been making this recipe since it appeared a few years ago. My children would not eat it at first but now they all enjoy it. I pulse the spinach fine before adding it so the mixture has a more consistent texture. Don't forget the mayo and roasted peppers!