Bell Pepper Jack O Lanterns
Our favorite themed dishes are simple, creative takes on the classics, which is why we love bell pepper jack o lanterns. After completing any stuffed bell pepper recipe, merely carve a face in one side of your bell pepper and you’re done! Better yet, you can use any pre-existing stuffed bell pepper recipe for this dish, so it’s an easy way to get in the Halloween spirit without changing up too much in your kitchen.
- Pro Tip: For a healthy twist, try stuffing your bell peppers with your house salad.
Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Soup
Bring some subtle sophistication to your menu with butternut squash and cauliflower soup. The pairing of two huge fall food icons, squash and cauliflower, creates a subtle dish that doesn’t immediately scream “Halloween.” Alternatively, those who want to theme their dish can swirl in sour cream to create Halloween inspired designs.
- Pro Tip: To really lean into fall produce, try including diced apples for added texture.
Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkins are inevitable on any fall menu. However, you’d be remiss to avoid roasting any leftover pumpkin seeds. Truly the hidden gem of everyone’s favorite squash, they can be modified to fit almost any flavor profile. To really hit the “pumpkin” flavor home, try coating your seeds in brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice before roasting!
Blood Orange Martini
The dark red color of blood orange juice lends itself perfectly to spooky cocktails. We prefer to go the classic route and add the juice into a standard vodka martini, but the juice can be used to give many traditional cocktails a “blood-like” color.
- Pro Tip: If you’re juicing in house, one medium sized blood orange should net you enough juice for two martinis.
Festiveness and nutrition don’t need to be mortal enemies when Halloween rolls around. Tangerine “pumpkins” will please adult chefs for staying nutritious while sustaining a low cost and quick prep time, but remain particularly engaging to kids! To prepare, simply peel a tangerine or clementine and place chopped celery at the top to form a “stem.”