After the trick or treating is over, the idea of attending a special Halloween dinner party is the ideal way to wrap up the evening. Using the holiday as the theme, there are some simple ideas that will ensure the party is a huge success. Here are a few food ideas that are sure to delight.
After being out in the cold, starting the meal with soup is a great option. Start with chicken broth and toss in chunks of pumpkin, leeks, bell peppers of different colors, and some red kidney beans. Serve with chunks of toasted French bread and everyone will soon be feeling warm and cozy.
If fresh leeks aren’t available, try using kale, collards, or some other hearty green leafy vegetable. The contrast of colors will look great with the black and orange colors used to decorate for the party.
Do something different for the entrée and create Zucchini boats. Cut the zucchini lengthwise and hollow out all the halves. The filler can be a mixture of browned ground beef, yellow corn, purple onions, salsa, and brown rice. Add some melted cheese to the top for some additional color and flavor.
For the sides, feel free to use a combination of foods that the guests love. Mashed potatoes work well with the zucchini boats, as well as a simple green bean casserole. For the casserole, use whole cooked green beans, one can of cream of mushroom soup, and one can of cream of chicken soup. Bake for a half-hour on medium heat, then top with French fried onions. Place the casserole back in the oven for a couple of minutes or until the onions are browned.
There are all sorts of chocolate desserts that will work, but a simple Death by Chocolate seems especially fitting for the occasion. This is layered dessert that is made in a compote bowl. Start with a layer of crumbled chocolate cake layers, followed by chocolate pudding and a chocolate whipped cream. Repeat for at least one more set of layers and top with cracked nuts.
A Halloween dinner party is a great time to gather around the table and share stories about holidays past. Make the food filling and tasty, and everyone will have a great time.