Whimsical yet Stylish “Orange” Halloween Dinner Menu


Halloween is just around the corner and is not necessarily just another kid’s holiday.  In fact, you can have a sophisticated yet easy to produce Halloween dinner party for you and some of your friends.  And don’t worry you won’t have to make all of the menu items.  In fact, many of the food selections can be bought already prepared by your local market. 

Here is the menu.  I selected these items to reflect the “Orange” theme as well as to appeal to most palettes. 

Cocktails and Hors D’Oeuvres

Cucumber Cups filled with Red Pepper Humus
Shrimp Cocktail over a Bed of Shredded Lettuce
served in Martini Glasses
Cheddar Cheese & Rosemary Crisps
Vegetable Crudités with Orange Walnut Dipping Sauce

Drink for the “Hallow” Eve

An Orange Twist on a Vodka Martini


Butternut Squash Soup
served with Orange Popovers

Cinnamon and Maple Smoked Cedar Salmon
over Wild Rice Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Dates

Honey-and-Soy Glazed Carrots


Mini Pumpkin Custard
Carrot Cake Squares

Preparation for the Menu

Day before Party
Purchase ready-made red pepper humus, butternut squash soup, ready-to-serve crudités, cooked shrimp and mini carrots. 
Either bake or purchase the carrot cake squares and the mini-pumpkin custard (carrot cake and pumpkin pie can be substituted)
Prepare Orange Walnut dipping sauce.

Day Of
Use English cucumbers to make the cucumber cups
Prepare Cheddar Cheese Dough early in the day
Prepare Wild Rice salad early in the day and re-heat at time of serving

Prepare Honey Glazed Carrots prior to serving
Cook popovers just before serving
Prep and cook salmon prior to serving

Recipes for Red Pepper Humus, Pumpkin Pie Custard (Vegan) can be found in the book Budget Bash-Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget.

Recipe for Cheddar Cheese and Rosemary Crisps

½ lb sharp cheddar
1 cup unsalted butter
1 ½ cups of flour
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Rosemary

Combine all the ingredients but the rosemary in a Cuisinart.  Stir in the Rosemary.  Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Divide dough in ½ and roll out to ¼” thick.  Cut crisps and place on parchment paper on cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

Next time I will tell you how to create your Halloween table décor using items from your party planning box. 

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