This year I’ll be throwing a Halloween themed housewarming party and wanted to find some fun recipes to make. Unfortunately most of the recipes I found were for gross looking food, desserts, sweets and kid friendly. This is all well and good but just not what I was looking for. After a great deal of searching I did find a few very unique, very tasty looking, classy recipes for mature people who like to dress up and look funny:)
An excellent idea for a dinner party (or if you REALLY want to put yourself to work;) is the Mesclun Meanie
This is a zesty little salad served in oranges that have been scooped out and carved to look like jack o’lanterns. Personally if I had the time (or an army of ghouls to help me) I would make this myself. However, instead I found these scrumptious looking wings which will be making an appearance, Smoky Cranberry Chicken Wings.
One thing I kept finding were chicken wing recipes like “bat wings” that sounded fun and probably are delicious but involved lots of food coloring paste which I have a real problem with. Not only are there people out there who have a severe allergy to food coloring but these recipes seem to insist on just slathering the stuff on to the wings. I can only imagine just how that might affect the flavoring let alone the texture and just couldn’t bring myself to serve that kind of thing to my guests. It makes me want to gag just thinking about it! These wings, however, are a pleasant blend of tart, sweetness and smokiness that I can really get behind and can probably be served any time of the year but I think would be most appreciated this time of year at Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and even Super Bowl parties!
Another great dinner party idea would be the Hungarian Goo-lash Stuffed Baked Baby Potatoes.
Personally the few times I’ve attempted Goulash, it sucked out loud and I’m done trying, at least for the time being anyway. I would probably replicate this with pulled pork myself.
Now this next recipe, I think, can either be served individually at a dinner party like the recipe suggests or in a large hollowed out (properly cleaned) pumpkin or gourd for effect.
This Pumpkin Risotto sounds perfect for pumpkin lovers and super tasty although personally I would make sure to use smoked bacon and maybe add some spices like clove and nutmeg. It seems a shame to have all that pumpkin without them.
Now that you have the food down, what about drinks? Sure you can do the old “slap some funny labels on to soda bottles and cans” gag or make the usual fall back halloween drinks like the Bloody Mary or Zombies, but since we’re getting creative, why not go all out? This website has some unique and delicious drinks that everyone at your party (over 21) can enjoy! Here are some examples:
So be safe, have fun and please don’t drink and drive! Chow for now!