Grab your woolly hat, wellies and sparklers; it’s almost Bonfire Night.
Whether you’re heading to an organised display or hosting a bonfire party in your back garden, nothing beats watching the sky explode in a riot of colour on this special night. So, join friends and family and get ready for plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ as the Rockets, Roman Candles and Catherine Wheels provide the entertainment.
Of course, the best bit about getting chilly outdoors is thawing out afterwards with a warming bonfire night feast. The key to great fireworks food is to choose comforting dishes that look after themselves in the oven while you’re outdoors having fun. Here are some of our favourites:
So simple but always popular, jacket potatoes are a great choice for bonfire night. Just leave them in the oven while you watch the display and then dish up when you return. Place a range of fillings such as chilli, beans, cheese and coleslaw on the table and let everyone help themselves. For a twist on the old favourite, why not roast a few sweet potatoes too?
Hot, Hot, Hot Dogs
A real family favourite, hot dogs are great if you’re catering for kids. Cook the sausages in advance then wrap in tin foil to keep warm, ready for when you get home. Add hot dog buns and your favourite relishes for a quick and easy feast.
Another dish you can make in advance is a hearty soup. Choose your favourite seasonal ingredients such as leek and potato or broccoli and blue cheese. And if you have any pumpkin leftover from Halloween, it’s also a great soup ingredient, especially when combined with a touch of chilli. Once prepared, your soup will take just minutes to warm through, ready to serve to your guests along with some crusty bread or garlic baguettes.
On a cold night, snuggle up with a hot pudding. Pop a fruity dessert into the oven while your guests are enjoying the main course, then serve with ice-cream to round off your bonfire feast perfectly.