Bonfire Party Food
Cook up a bonfire feast this November with some hearty party food to help your celebrations go with a bang. These delicious, easy dishes can be prepared in advance – giving you more time to enjoy the fireworks!
Lighting a small fire in the back garden (preferably in a fireproof container) and arranging a firework display has to be planned ahead but nothing creates the warmth and fun of sitting around a fire with friends and family. Plants and trees can help to make the party backdrop, especially if you hang lights to create a lovely atmosphere.
Typically, bonfire party food has to be simple to eat. Try making hot dogs with sauteed onions and peppers and then top with mustard and ketchup.
Mini toad-in-the-holes are great for kids, especially topped with a thick onion gravy.
Soup is a sure fire way to warm everyone up – you could make it from the contents of the Halloween pumpkin, cooked in stock and blended, then frozen. Remove from the freezer on the morning of the party and add any spices and swirl with double cream.
Fiery, spiced nuts are popular with the adults, especially with a glass of mulled wine, and can be made up to a week in advance – simply fry mixed nuts in a mixture of salt and spices (chilli, ginger, cumin).
Finally, what bonfire night isn’t complete without the jacket potato, parkin and treacle toffee?
Baked Potatoes with Bacon
For the non-meat eaters try crumbled blue cheese for a really tasty alternative.
- Baking potatoes – cooked
- Sliced, smoked streaky bacon – cooked until crisp
- Crème fraiche
- Small bunch chopped chives
To assemble – Top each potato with crème fraiche, a sprinkling of chopped bacon and some chopped chives.
Parkin – Dark, rich and very moreish
- ½ lb plain flour
- ½ lb medium oatmeal
- ½ tbsp sugar
- ½ oz ground ginger
- ½ lb black treacle
- ½ lb syrup
- 4 oz butter
- 1 tsp bicarb of soda
- 1 tbsp milk
Pre-heat the oven to 325˚c. Grease and line a square/rectangular baking tin. Mix the flour, oatmeal, sugar and ginger in a bowl. Melt the treacle, syrup and butter in a pan. Mix the bicarb in the milk and add to the treacle mixture. Add quickly to the dry ingredients and bake for 45 mins to 1 hour, until a skewer comes away clean in the middle. Leave to cool and cut into squares.
- ½ lb treacle
- 4 oz butter
- 8 oz sugar
Melt all the ingredients in a pan and boil gently for 20 minutes, stirring regularly. Drop a small amount into cold water to check if it will set, if not carry on cooking for another 5 minutes. Pour into a greased tin to set – easy!
Happy Bonfire Night – stay safe and enjoy!
(Please, please be extra vigilant when having an open fire and using fireworks – always read the instructions and keep children and pets a safe distance away from any dangers.)
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