Food for cannibalistic flicks -- A list of snacks to have handy when watching movies like ''Eating Raul'' and ''The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover''

By Lois Alter Mark
September 10, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Eating human flesh is depicted as a horrifyingly sober aspect of Alive‘s survival tale. But in many other movies on video, from the comedies Eating Raoul and Parents to the twisted The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, the subject is handled in a darkly humorous vein. When planning your own cannibalism videofest, consider preparing the following finger foods:

Spare ribs: Broil 2-3 lbs. of ribs in 1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce mixed with 1 onion.

Ears of corn: Before grilling, blend together and brush on 6 oz. unsalted butter with 1/3 cup chopped herbs (try basil or chives).

Artichoke hearts: For a sophisticated touch, add them to pizza.

Elbow macaroni: Macaroni and cheese is one of the classic comfort foods.

Frog legs: For added flavor, rub them with fresh herbs — like chives or tarragon — and a pinch of nutmeg. Soak in milk for 1 hour before using.

Chicken fingers: Serve with roasted-pepper dip. Chop in food processor: 1 large roasted red pepper that has been stemmed and seeded, 1/4 cup basil leaves, 1 minced clove of garlic, and 1 tbsp. olive oil.

Navel oranges: Mix 6 oranges with strawberries or kiwis, marinate with 2 tbsp. marsala wine and 2 tbsp. sugar. Chill 2 to 3 hours or overnight.

Kidney beans: Drain a 1 lb. can and combine with entire contents of a second can. Add 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup chili sauce, 1/4 cup pickle relish, and 1 thinly sliced onion. Mix. Pour into casserole dish. Dot with butter. Cover and bake at 375 F for 35 minutes.

Head of lettuce: Separate leaves and use them as plates for scoops of lobster, chicken, and egg salads.

Open-faced sandwiches: Try deli meats, such as chopped liver, headcheese, or tongue.