Halloween Party

1 Nov

IMG_0928Last night was Halloween and we decided to have a few friends over. I wanted to keep the menu simple since I knew that I didn’t want to have a million leftovers. From my experience, it seems that the more complicated the menu, the less people are inclined to eat. I’m not sure if the food seems inaccessible, or if they just don’t want to insult the hostess if they don’t like it. Seeing as it was Halloween, I wanted a menu that reflected the childish spirit of the holiday, but I wanted it to agree with our adult palettes. Here’s what we served:

Point Reyes Bleu Cheese with Black GrapesIMG_0922

Hot Capicola and Salami with Castelvetrano Olives and crostini

Asian Quesadillas with plum sauce and cilantro

Pigs in a blanket

Crudités with White bean pesto dip

Bacon, Roasted tomato and leek mac and cheese

Giant Chocolate Chips cookies (the recipe for these are posted in an earlier blog)

Oreo Cookies

Assorted Candies

Here are some of the recipes that I used:

IMG_0926White Bean Pesto Dip

1 can great white northern beans, rinsed
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

purée all ingredients in a food processor. Serve cold.

Asian Quesadillas

1 large chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon Chinese 5 Spice
2 large tortillas
2 tablespoons plum sauce
1 tablespoon cilantro

Combine the cheese, chicken and 5 Spice. layer in between the tortillas. Bake in the oven at 375 for 10-15 minutes or until the tortillas are light brownIMG_0930 and crispy. Cut into wedges and drizzle with the plum sauce. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot.

Anytime is a great time to catch up with friends and when there’s good food to help you celebrate, it’s makes it that much sweeter. All of these dishes took about 2 hours total to make, so easily put together last minute. We had very few leftovers, which was definitely a good thing. We did have some extra cookies and candy, but well, those are the good kind of leftovers 🙂

I hope you give some of these recipes a try

Always thinking of the next meal, and party



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