Bonfire bonanza: the best recipes for your Bonfire Night party
Remember, remember the 5th of November! Bonfire Night is traditionally an evening of wonder and awe, with breath-taking firework displays and huge bonfires. A night where we wrap up warm in our scarves, hats, and gloves to brave a cold November evening, and some also choose to host friends and family for a Bonfire Night party in their own homes and gardens.
However you choose to spend it, food is always a big part of Bonfire Night. Traditionally, we indulge in warming bowls or sweet treats as we enjoy the displays, such as sticky toffee apples and candyfloss, steaming hot chocolates, bowls of stew or chilli and of course, hot dogs!
With this in mind, we have pulled together a list of our favourite Bonfire Night recipes to make your party pop, sparkle, and whistle!
Sticky onion hot dogs
Hot dogs are a classic snack you will find at local fireworks displays. Simple but delicious, they are easy to pick up and eat with your hands and are so easy to make for your Bonfire Night party at home. To take them to the next level, you could sweat down some onions to make a sweet and sticky topping, or even load them with pulled pork or chilli.
Hearty beef casserole
Bonfire Night is traditionally when winter weather is starting to set in. A hearty beef casserole is just what you need to warm yourself up before braving the cold. It’s a classic recipe full of goodness, and it pairs beautifully with some soft, fluffy mash.
You can also cook the stew in huge batches to feed guests at home, or pop in the freezer for an emergency meal at a later date.
This sweet dip is our take on the American campfire classic, where marshmallows are roasted over fire and squeezed between two biscuits with chocolate – a decadent treat. Try layering marshmallows and chocolate in an ovenproof dish and baking in the oven until it’s melted, and then serve biscuits on the side to dip in.
This will be gone in a flash if you put it out at your Bonfire Night party. Just make sure you keep an eye on this dish in the oven as it can burn in an instant – bake it on a low heat to try and avoid this!
Homemade toffee apples
Toffee apples are the treat most famously associated with Bonfire Night. We all have memories of the classic crunch of a toffee apple as it becomes a sticky, sweet mess in our hands. A great idea for any kids attending your Bonfire Night party.
The best thing about making them yourself is the fact you can add any topping you like. You can roll them in nuts, popcorn, sprinkles, or chocolate, anything you fancy!
You’ll need something to wash down all this delicious food, so why not try mulled cider? It’s not quite the season for mulled wine just yet, but mulled cider is a great autumnal equivalent. A warm, fruity, and aromatic drink to keep your fingers from freezing as you’re huddled up watching fireworks.
It’s really easy to make this non-alcoholic too – just replace the cider with apple juice, but keep all the spices to make sure you still get that delicious flavour.
We can’t wait to whip up some of these for guests at our Bonfire Night parties!