Recipe Ideas Bonfire Night Parties

Throwing a bonfire night bash? I love the chance to host a dinner party with friends, and the great thing about outdoors gatherings is that you can keep things casual. I’ve pulled together a few food ideas to impress your guests with for the occasion, and the good news is they’re all nice and easy.

EAT BEAUTIFUL_Frittata Salsa Verde_Image Credit David Loftus
Image Credit @ David Loftus

When it comes to bonfire night recipes for a party or to take to a display, it’s best to keep things simple and have warming comfort food in mind. If I’m having a party, I always like to make a few options and serve everything in pots and mini ramekins so that guests can pick and choose what they fancy. So whatever you’re doing for the 5th November this year, just remember, remember to pre-prep your seasonal party dishes…


Quick & Easy Bonfire Night Recipes

Squash Frittata

SERVES 4
480 CALORIES PER SERVING

15g butter
1 squash, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thin strips
1/4 tsp ground cumin
Leaves from 8 sprigs of thyme
8 medium eggs
Small handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
50g Parmesan cheese, grated
Sea salt and black pepper

I often make a frittata when I have friends over; it’s wholesome and looks great, and people can tuck into as much or as little as they want. You can swap out the vegetables for whatever’s in season; squash is a great option for this time of year.

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan.
  2. Melt half the butter in a large ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat. Add the squash and garlic and cook for five minutes until softened, then transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Melt the remaining butter in the pan, add the sweet potatoes, cumin and thyme and cook over a medium-high hear for 5-8 minutes until tender and golden. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Remove the sweet potatoes from the pan and place on kitchen paper to absorb some of the moisture.
  5. Place the eggs in a bowl with the parsley and Parmesan and whisk together.
  6. Transfer the squash mixture and sweet potatoes back into the pan and mix. Season with salt and pepper and pour in the egg mixture.
  7. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes or until firm (finish under the grill for an extra crispy finish). Divide between plates or leave in the pan and let guests help themselves.
  8. You could also make a salsa verde to serve with the frittata, see my book Eat Beautiful for a recipe and some more ideas.


More Quick-Fire Recipe Ideas

Whatever your cooking level, you’ll be able to whip up these bonfire night party food ideas in no time at all.

  • Jacket potatoes cooked in foil; keep these in their foil and serve with a range of toppings. If you’re having a bonfire you could even provide pokers or sticks so that people can enjoy warming theirs up in the fire. Provide mini boxes for people to stack their potatoes and topping in. Keep it simple with beans and grated cheese or cook up a one-pot beef or bean chilli to add to the mix.
  • Sausage & mash; Buy some gluten-free sausages from your local market (I love the ones you can buy at the Pimlico market) or grab some high-quality veggie sausages and cook up and serve with baked mashed potato florets.
  • Kale soup with chilli oil; check out my book for the full recipe; this is a great option to have bubbling gently on the stove in a cast-iron pot – guests can grab a cup on arrival to give them a healthy and warming start to the evening
  • Mac & cheese; don’t worry about making a béchamel for this one; simply cook up your wheat-free or brown rice penne, add some seasonal veg (I love broccoli and kale), fry up some garlic & brown off the veg, then stir together the pasta and vegetables with a slug of oil, plenty of Parmesan cheese and some salt and pepper.

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