I didn't manage to make a range of spooky foods this year even though I was determined to manage it. I won't be having a Halloween party either, but I've been eating some nice Halloween-themed party foods lately nevertheless. I wanted to collect them to a post and share with you. All of these dishes are vegetarian and one of them is vegan.
I made these loaded vegetable nachos, as I think that nachos are always great party food whatever the occassion. These nachos were topped with char-grilled and roasted crown prince squash and red bell pepper, tomato-pepper-chilli sauce, black lentils and cheese. The best thing however will have to be these cheerful ghost plates.
I got the inspiration for this black garlic mac'n'cheese from my blogging friend Shaheen from Allotment 2 Kitchen blog, who posted a Black Garlic Macaroni Cheese Bake a few days ago. I showed Shaheen's recipe to my partner, and he wanted me to make this dish, so I did. I made mine slightly differently than Shaheen, as I didn't use any milk, but the pasta cooking water instead, and I didn't bake my mac'n'cheese either. I really loved the flavour and richness that the black garlic added to a regular mac'n'cheese. I might be adding some always into my future macaroni and cheeses, as it was such a good combination. I served some homemade black garlic breads on the side, and I also think that the wormy looking pasta worked well for a spooky result. Thank you so much Shaheen for this brilliant idea, my partner is also very grateful!
This is just an orange pizza that I made the other day, but I think it would fit well to some Halloween festivities. It's a cheddar, onion and red bell pepper pizza on a spelt thin crust. I pre-fried the onions and bell peppers for this pizza. I don't always do this with toppings, but these ones definitely benefited from it. Here are photos pre- and post baking.
These vegan mini hot dogs were surprisingly filling. I really liked the smaller veggie sausages from Aldi. They are incredibly cheap, and I have made a couple of vegan English breakfasts with them too. I only added some grated carrot and fried onions on the top of these hot dogs, as I didn't happen to have any suitable sauces at the time.
I'm going to write an own post about this crown prince squash soup and caramelised onion bread later, but also wanted to include it here, as it fits the theme. The soup was made from the same crown prince squash as the nacho toppings. I got a third dish out of the squash as well, that's how huge it was, and it was also very cheap.
I hope that some of these ideas could inspire you for Halloween-themed veggie cooking. Now I would just like to wish everyone a happy Halloween!