I love Bonfire Night… the ritual of meeting friends, wrapping up in bundles of knitwear, drawing close to the fire, smelling wood smoke in my hair and ooh-ing and ah-ing at the firework display. This year I want to host a warming autumn dinner party for friends and have picked out my top bonfire night recipes for the task.
BEST BONFIRE NIGHT DRINK: Stout Gingerbread Flip Cocktail
I love the sound of this elegant cocktail with an unusual base of chocolate stout flavoured with orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and laced with a dash of rum. Find the recipe at 10th Kitchen.
BEST BONFIRE NIGHT NIBBLE: Oven-Baked Honey Barbecue Sweet Potato Chips
Keep everyone going while you watch the fireworks by serving this scrumptious nibble before you head out. The dip is optional but easy to make by swirling a little barbecue sauce through ranch dressing. Find the recipe on Mandy Ashcraft‘s blog.
BEST BONFIRE NIGHT STARTER: Corn on the Cob with Chilli, Lime and Coriander Butter
Corn on the Cob is such a great autumn dish. Cooked on a griddle or in the embers of your bonfire this recipe is fresh, healthy and packed full of zingy lime and chilli flavour. Find the recipe at Daisy and the Fox.
BEST BONFIRE NIGHT MAIN COURSE: Spiced Lamb and Potato Stew
The combination of meat and potatoes is the basis of the ultimate comfort food, found here with an Indian twist, slow cooked with yogurt and aromatic spices. Prepare ahead, pop it in the oven and forget it while you go out and light a sparkler or two. Find the recipe at Sinfully Spicy.
BEST BONFIRE NIGHT VEGETARIAN DISH: Chipotle Quinoa Tacos with Roasted Pomegranate Salsa
This is one of those vegetarian recipes you need to make extra of because you’ll have meat eaters fighting to get a taste! I love the sound of the punchy roasted cranberry and pomegranate salsa as a finishing touch to the tacos. Find the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.
BEST BONFIRE NIGHT DESSERT: Toffee Apple Cheesecake
Nothing says bonfire night like the flavours of toffee apple, all wrapped up in an indulgent cheesecake. Prepare-ahead desserts always score highly in my book, and you can can bake this cheesecake up to two days before. Find the recipe at Sainsbury’s Magazine.
I’ve also made a mouthwatering board of Bonfire Eats and Drinks over on Pinterest with all these recipes and lots more winter warmers. If you don’t already follow me on Pinterest, well, you should! I’m always gathering my favourite ideas for life, home and eating so hop over and follow if you’re on Pinterest too.