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I hope you are okay and enjoying the run up to Halloween. As this post goes live, we are only a few days away from the Halloween holiday. While this holiday is a tradition in America, it has grown in popularity in the UK as well. My birthday falls directly between Halloween and Bonfire Night so my mum used to always suggest a fancy dress themed party to celebrate. I remember many childhood birthday parties enjoying Halloween inspired party food. My favourites had to be the toffee apples and gummy worm cupcakes. As an adult, I wanted to re-create a Halloween feast this year so have created some quick and simple recipes for adults and children alike. These include my: White Chocolate Banana Ghosts, Devil Eggs and a Jackolantern Stuffed Pepper. I hope you enjoy. Let’s start with my Devil Eggs; The perfect bite sized snack -x-
My gluten free Devil Eggs Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes; Cooking time: 15 minutes; Serves: 12
- 6 medium sized eggs.
- 1 teaspoon mayonnaise.
- 1 teaspoon: salt, pepper, basil and chilli.
- Boil a pan of water and add the eggs.
- Boil for 7 minutes.
- Remove the eggs and add to an ice bath.
- Leave to cool completely before removing the shell.
- Cut the eggs in half and remove the yolk.
- Add the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, basil and chilli to the yolks and mash.
- Spoon into the egg and serve.
My Gluten Free White Chocolate Banana Ghosts
Prep time: 15 minutes; Chilling time: 15 minutes; Serves: 12
- 12 popsicle sticks,
- 6 medium sized ripe bananas.
- 150g gluten free white chocolate.
- 24 miniature chocolate chips.
- Peel the bananas and cut in half.
- Melt the white chocolate (I melted mine using a warm saucepan and stirring continuously).
- Place the popsicle sticks on wax paper and add the chopped bananas on top.
- Freeze the bananas for 15 minutes.
- Dip the frozen bananas in the melted chocolate.
- Add 2 mini chocolate chips for eyes and leave for 10 minutes to set in the freezer.
My Gluten Free Jackolantern Stuffed Peppers
Prep time: 15 minutes; Cooking time: 30 minutes; Serves: 3
- 3 large bell peppers (my favourite are red but you can use any colour).
- 100g cooked basmati rice.
- 30g cooked peas and sweetcorn.
- 30g grated cheddar.
- 1/2 mini chopped onion – cooked and diced.
- 1 tin tuna.
- 1 teaspoon: salt, pepper, basil and chilli and salsa.
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 Degrees Celsius.
- Cut the top off the red peppers and set aside.
- Remove the seeded centre and discard.
- Mix the: rice, tuna, vegetables and seasonings and oil in a bowl.
- Carve out triangles for eyes and a mouth onto 1 side of the pepper. You can get as creative as you want.
- Spoon the mixture into the peppers until 2/3 full and add the lids.
- Cover the peppers in kitchen foil and cook for 15 minutes.
- Remove the lids and divide the cheese evenly between the 3 peppers.
- Add the lid and leave uncovered and bake for a further 15 minutes.
Setting up the Table
Now, it wouldn’t be a true Halloween party if the table wasn’t decorated. These recipes are there to add to the table and make the food extra festive. I really enjoyed setting up this table and everyone loved the food. Every party needs a centrepiece and I loved the idea of a Vomiting Pumpkin. Simply cut the face out of the pumpkin and place on a large plate. I added gluten free sour cream and chive dip to the front using Asda own brand and added gluten free tortilla chips for effect.
Nothing screams Halloween more than creepy chocolate and sweet treats. I loved these from Asda and spread them across my table. All of them are Coeliac UK approved as gluten free and taste incredible.
I served my recipes alongside gluten free pizza and gluten free chips for my guests that don’t like stuffed peppers. I loved the face I could enjoy all the food on the table and not worry about cross contamination.
And there you have it! 3 simple and quick gluten free recipes for the Halloween party food. Why not serve them alongside some gluten free treats too? You can get as creative as you want with the decorations. Personally, I love the idea of carving a pumpkin and using it as the centrepiece. I used a ceramic tray and filed it with gluten free humus and Eat Real humus chips. Other gluten free snacks you could add include Haribo Scaremix or Asda have a great selection of gluten free treats including their Happy Halloween Gruesome Gummies or Happy Halloween Chilling Chocolate Balls 88g. I hope you enjoy this Halloween and know with very little work, you can enjoy a party that will wow your guests and you won’t have to worry about cross contamination either!
Speak to you next week where I am sharing another blog in my Lifestyle series; My Autumn Essentials. If you re-create any recipe, please let me know by tagging my on Instagram using #livingcoeliac or by sharing photos directly to my Facebook page.