Fried Vampire Bat Wings are so ridiculously easy to make, that you really can’t count this as a recipe. It’s more of a “technique.” But, I’m making it a “recipe” so that readers can print it and add it to their recipe portfolio as a reminder of easy things to do for your Halloween celebration.
Pinterest is a wonderful thing – a place to lose yourself in endless possibilities of food/recipes, travel, gardening, crafts, hobbies, other interests and more. In fact, I hope that readers will pin my photos to their Pinterest boards for a couple of reasons:
- so you can keep a handy link back to my site for things that inspire you that you want to save for later, and
- by pinning to your boards, you are sharing my photos with others inspiring them to visit and get the information themselves.
But, the downside of Pinterest is that sometimes the gorgeous photos are so outstanding that we think we can’t do that, or make that, etc., leaving us to feel inadequate or inferior. And, if we think we can’t possibly do some of those wonderful, fabulous things that we see on Pinterest, we may not even try to do something we’ve never done before or create something we’ve never created before.
But, ponder this: perfection is not the goal; it’s the journey that matters.
So, by sharing even the simplest things, I hope to inspire readers that you don’t have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen to create a special meal or recipe for a special occasion. Instead, you can do something simple that takes just minutes, but makes your meal special. And, Fried Vampire Bat Wings are just that type of “recipe” – so simple, but very special!
All you have to do is purchase a thick ham steak from the grocery store and cut out the Fried Vampire Bat Wings with a bat-shaped cookie cutter. You will need to press down firmly to cut through the ham. If that doesn’t work well for you, use a small paring knife to score around the cookie cutter as you press down with your other hand.
Then either fry them in a non-stick skillet on the stove in a pan OR heat them up in the microwave. Voila’ and there you have a special side dish for your Halloween breakfast or brunch celebration! Also, you can cut them out ahead of time and keep them in the refrigerator or freezer until Halloween morning. If frozen, they will defrost quickly because they are small. You could even put them in your skillet frozen, on low heat, to warm them up.
My ham steak made about 8 slices of Fried Vampire Bat Wings. The reason the above photo only has 5 showing is because I had to crop this photo because my family grabbed a few the minute I put them on the table before I could take a photo! I took the first photo, the cover shot, turned around for a second to look at my camera’s screen, and out of nowhere, little vultures appeared!
Have you ever seen a bat in person, up close? I had that special opportunity many, many years ago (at least 10 years ago). We had our front door open in our old farmhouse and out-of-the-blue, in broad daylight, in flew a bat!!! It was tiny, maybe just 3 or 4 inches, not including it’s wingspan. It startled us and Charlie and I starting yelling at each other, “look – a bat!”
After flying around our living room for a few minutes, it landed on a beam that went across our large opening that separated our living room from our dining room. I ran to get my camera (a point-and-shot, at the time, so this picture isn’t the best) and took this picture:
So, there you have it – a picture of a bat! I decided she was female and named her Bella Luna after the children’s book, Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. And, there she stayed for many hours! We left the front door open and finally, she flew out the door and on her way. Cool, huh?
Here’s a Fried Vampire Bat Wings collage for Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!
Materials and Supplies Needed for Fried Vampire Bat Wings:
Here’s the recipe for Fried Vampire Bat Wings:
- 1 - 2½ to 3 pound thick-sliced ham steak
- Vampire bat cookie cutter
- Remove ham steak from wrapping and discard juices.
- Lay ham steak on chopping board.
- Using your vampire bat cookie cutter, cut out bat shapes as close together as possible to use as much of the ham steak as possible (you will have to press down firmly to cut through the ham; if that isn't working for you, use a small paring knife to score around the cookie cutter as you press down with the other hand).
- Reserve leftover ham for another use, such as Creamed Potatoes with Ham and Petite Peas.
- Place vampire bat wings in a non-stick skillet and warm over medium-low heat for a few minutes, turning once to heat both sides.
- Remove from skillet and serve.
Be sure to save your leftover ham pieces to make Creamed Potatoes with Ham and Petite Peas! YUM! Here are more recipes to make with leftover ham:
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