Calling all Potterheads! How many times has your mouth watered for one of the Hogwarts feasts in the Great Hall? When I hear Halloween one of the first thoughts that pop into my head is the well-known Harry Potter scene where the children of Hogwarts are enjoying a Halloween dinner like no other. The tables are lined with all sorts of dishes, savoury and sweet and you can just imagine how hard the house elves in the kitchen had to work to put it all together.
Inspired by this thought, I decided to put on my apron and host a Halloween Harry Potter-themed dinner party for a few of my closest friends. Although I love to cook and bake, I still wouldn’t consider myself a top chef or anything but luckily anything is possible with a Pinterest recipe. And so I started my search to pin all the best dishes for a proper Hogwarts banquet dinner and this is the menu I finally put together:
On the menu
How to prepare it
If you’re drooling after checking the menu out, you’re in luck because I’ll be sharing all the amazing recipes I found right here so you can host your very own dinner this Halloween! So accio all the ingredients you need and get started with your prep because there are quite a few meals to get through.
Drink: Butter Beer
It’s every grown-up witch and wizard’s drink of choice, butter beer! There are and an endless amount of recipes out there to make your very own butter beer but in the end, I wanted to use a flavour that tasted the way I always imagined it while watching the movies over and over. The result is a butterscotch flavoured recipe with a dash of vodka:
1 litre of cream soda
2-3 tbsp butter
2-3 tbsp brown sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
5 butterscotch candies
125g frozen yoghurt
Splash of vodka, to your taste
Boil cream soda. Melt butter and sugar together until sugar is dissolved. Add sugar and butter mixture to boiling cream soda. Add cream. Then add the butterscotch candies and stir until fully melted. Add frozen yoghurt. Add vodka to butter beer and mix in a blender. Refrigerate until cold and ready to serve.
Starters: Pumpkin Pasty
We all know that Pumpkin Pasties are a popular treat in the wizarding world so this was a no-brainer to have on the menu. I decided to go with a sweeter version by adding a sugary sauce and pumpkin filling. I got the recipe for these elements from a super close friend of mine who is definitely the queen of pumpkin pies! For the crust, I used a recipe from Buzzfeed.
For the filling
Pinch of salt
1kg cooked pumpkin
50ml self-rising flour
2.5ml vanilla essence
For the crust
3 cups flour
2/3 cups greek yoghurt
1.5 tsp salt
1 cup butter, chilled
For the sauce
For the crust, start by chilling the butter in the fridge for 15 minutes. Mix the flour and salt. Then, with a cheese grater, grate chilled butter into flour and mix in with your fingers. Whisk yoghurt and egg together. Add half of the yogurt-egg mixture to the dough and mix. Add the second half and mix until the dough starts to form. Roll the dough into a ball and put it in a plastic wrap in the fridge to chill for an hour.
Now, for the filling. Mix the butter and sugar together and then add the eggs. Mix the flour and salt with the eggs and then add the pumpkin and vanilla essence. Make sure that the filling is mixed together properly. Set aside.
Cut dough into 8 portions and roll out with a rolling pin, until you get a 1/8-inch thick piece of dough. Scoop a spoonful of the pumpkin mixture in the middle of dough. Flip one side of the dough onto the opposite side, enveloping the pumpkin mix, to form the pasties. Press both sides together with a fork to seal pasty. Brush each pasty with egg wash. Bake for about 50 minutes, until golden brown.
While the pasties are baking, make the sauce by boiling the butter, sugar and cream together.
Pour over pasties as soon as they come out of the oven and serve.
Main: Lamb Chops & Garlic Mash
Potatoes are mentioned in the Harry Potter books in different forms but I decided to make mashed potatoes for my side dish to the main as I have never actually made mash from scratch before. If it’s also your first time, you’ll be happy to know that this recipe from Food Network is super easy and also very tasty!
Lamb chops is another dish that is mentioned in the books which is why I made it the star of the evening. This recipe from Stay at Home Mom does require over 6 hours of cooking but in the end, it’s all worth it when you can sink your teeth into a succulent piece of lamb that’s falling perfectly off the bone.
1 head garlic
2 pounds red potatoes, washed well and quartered
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 220 degrees. Slice off the very top of the garlic head. Drizzle head with olive oil and wrap in foil. Place on a sheet tray and bake until tender and fragrant, roughly 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Remove the cloves and mash with a wooden spoon. Place potatoes in a large stockpot and cover with cold water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Cook until fork tender and drain. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Meanwhile, heat butter and cream until butter melts. Add the roasted garlic and potatoes and mash all together. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
6 Lamb Chops
2 Celery chopped
2 Carrots chopped
1 Onion chopped
1/2 cup Flour, Self-Raising
4 cups Stock (Beef)
3 tbsp Oil (canola)
Heat oil in a large saucepan. Season chops with salt and pepper and coat lightly in flour. Gently fry chops until sealed and put in the slow cooker. Fry vegetables for a few minutes and add to slow cooker. Cover with stock and cook on low for six hours.
Dessert: Treacle Tart
Did you know that Treacle Tart is Harry’s favourite dessert? He even smells it in the very powerful love potion, Amortentia which smells different to each person depending on what they are attracted to. But never mind the potion, you’ll instantly fall in love with this dessert after just one bite! I used a recipe from BBC Food.
For the filling
400g golden syrup
150g fine fresh white breadcrumbs
2 lemons, zest and juice
1 free-range egg, beaten, to use as egg wash
For the crust
250g plain flour
130g butter, plus extra for greasing
First, make the shortcrust pastry: measure the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add about three tablespoons of cold water and mix to a firm dough, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C and grease a deep 18cm loose-bottomed fluted flan tin with butter. Remove about 150g of pastry from the main ball and set aside for the lattice top. Roll the rest of the pastry out thinly on a lightly floured work surface and line the prepared flan tin with the pastry. Prick the base with a fork, to stop the base rising up during baking. Place the reserved pastry for the lattice top on cling film and roll out thinly. Egg wash the pastry and set aside to chill in the fridge.
To make the filling, heat the syrup gently in a large pan but do not boil. Once melted, add the breadcrumbs, lemon juice and zest to the syrup. Pour the syrup mixture into the lined tin and level the surface. Remove the reserved pastry from the fridge and cut into long strips, 1cm wide. Make sure they are all longer than the edges of the tart tin. Egg wash the edge of the pastry in the tin and start to make the woven laying lattice pattern over the mixture, leave the strips hanging over the edge of the tin. Once the lattice is in place, use the tin edge to cut off the strips by pressing down with your hands, creating a neat finish.
Bake on the pre-heated baking tray in the hot oven for about 10 minutes until the pastry has started to colour, and then reduce the oven temperature to 180C. Bake for a further 25-30 minutes until the pastry is golden-brown and the filling set. Remove the tart from the oven and leave to firm up in the tin. Serve warm or cold.
And your 3-course Harry Potter-inspired Halloween dinner is done and ready to be enjoyed with a delicious glass of butter beer! Now all you need is some ideas to set-up your table. But don’t worry because I’ve got a complete list of what you need to pull off a Halloween dinner table with some Harry Potter elements to bring everything together. Plus, you can do all of it on a budget! Keep an eye for this blog for this post which will be out very soon!