October is Halloween month. I always try new recipes from that corner of the world Hollywood has targeted as particularly spooky. Romania, the Romanian region called Transylvania, and Hungary. Transylvania has been a part of Hungary from time to time and this historical fact has not been lost on Hollywood. Let's not forget the spooky shroud covering Gypsies.
Romanian mititei are small (mititei translates as "wee ones") heavily spiced and garlicky skinless sausages served with good mustard and sometimes fries. They are also eaten in oval rolls topped with pickled or grilled red onions and roasted or grilled bell peppers. There are many recipes but the addition of baking soda seems to be an ingredient in all of them.
Spooky Romanian Mititei served with mustard and air fryer fries
For dessert, lizard eye lollypops
There are many recipes for Mititei. Here are three. I used a combination of #1 and #2.