We did the Mash, we did the Monster Mash!
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Monster Mash, the novelty pop song, was first released in 1962 by Bobby “Boris” Picket and reached #1 in the Billboard Hot 100 in time for Hallowe’en that year, persisting as a trick-or-treating favorite ever since (isn’t Wikipedia a wonderful thing). It also features in Return To The Forbidden Planet, the cult juke-box musical based on the 1956 sci-fi B movie, Forbidden Planet which was itself based on Shakespeare’s The Terminator (or possibly The Tempest). The show evolved over the 1980s before its eventual 1989 West End opening and Olivier Award glory, followed by an Off Broadway production in 1991. Return To The Forbidden Planet remains a cult favorite with regular touring productions around the world and the pre-recorded narrator role allowing for some notable sci-fi names being cast, including James Doohan (Star Trek‘s Scotty), Sir Patrick Moore and Richard O’Brien. Monster Mash is sung by mad scientist Dr Prospero in a scene about puréeing vegetables. Probably.
The most obvious vegetable to use to make Monster Mash was broccoli. It made sense in my head, anyway. Although, I do have to confess I didn’t *actually* mash it, but instead put it in the food processor. I’m hoping you’ll forgive me for that one.
I used the steam-in-the-bag broccoli that can be cooked in the microwave. It is perfect for this recipe and super easy clean-up. So while that is cooking, roughly chop some fresh herbs. Grab a selection from whatever you’ve got in the fridge or garden. Try one or two herbs like garlic chives, thyme, parsley, or oregano, – or whatever you’ve got! I think broccoli is pretty versatile when it comes to adding flavors, so just experiment.
Place the cooked broccoli into a food processor together with the herbs and cream cheese and blend until smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Whiz it again and serve with edible googly eyes. Especially if they have eyelashes…
This can also be made in advance and reheated when required.
- 12 oz broccoli florets
- ½ cup cream cheese
- fresh herbs (roughly chopped)
- salt and black pepper
- Cook the broccoli until tender.
- Add the cooked broccoli, cream cheese and herbs to a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Check for seasoning, add salt and pepper as necessary.