Every year on November 5, the UK celebrates Bonfire Night – and what a night it is! This commemoration of a failed assassination attempt over 400 years ago now comes with its own traditions, which includes, of course, the food.
If you’re celebrating Bonfire Night this year with your family, then do try these simple but delicious recipes that everyone is sure to enjoy!
Chilli Jacket Potatoes
Bonfire Night isn’t complete without a cosy dish or two, so why not ward off the night-time chill with this chilli jacket potato recipe? Between the warming chilli and the comforting baked potatoes (preferably served hot!), you’ll be able to enjoy Bonfire Night no matter the weather.
The recipe above makes use of plenty of minced beef, kidney beans in chilli sauce and chilli powder for a meal with a spicy kick. Serve up these baked jacket potatoes with guacamole, soured cream and chopped coriander on the side for a tasty Bonfire Night treat.
Homemade Toffee Apples
Toffee apples are a simple-to-make treat that go down a treat on Bonfire Night—or any night, really! They’re especially great if you’ve been taking advantage of the apple picking season this year and have too many apples than you know what to do with.
This toffee apple recipe from BBC Good Food calls for Granny Smith apples, but really any apple will do. You’ll dip your apples into a homemade toffee coating made from golden caster sugar, vinegar and golden syrup.
After that, it’s your choice of toppings! Hundreds and thousands, chopped nuts, small chocolates or crushed digestives will add extra crunch to your toffee apples.
Cumberland Sausage Swirls on a Stick
This sausage swirls recipe from Eats Amazing plays on the fireworks theme of Bonfire Night. It’s a breeze to make and sure to be a hit with the little ones especially. All you need are Cumberland chipolata sausages (though any other chipolata sausage joined by the skin will do), a bit of oil for greasing and bamboo skewers.
It’s easy to roll up the long sausages into a spiral shape, then skewer them to hold them in place as they bake. Serve these sausage swirls with a fresh bamboo skewer in each one, or serve without a skewer if you want to add in some side dishes, like grilled veg.
Fruit Rocket Skewers
Once again sticking with the firework theme, fruit rocket skewers can be a healthy but fun way to celebrate Bonfire Night with your family. The great thing about fruit skewers is that you can customise your own skewers according to your family members’ personal tastes and preferences.
If you have little ones, get them involved with choosing the fruits they want, and then arranging them onto skewers (the sharp tips can be cut off). This fruit rocket recipe, also from Eats Amazing, makes use of foil cocktail sticks to give the fruit rockets some true Bonfire Night firecracker pizzazz, as well as cut strawberries to form the tip of the fruit rocket.
Until next time…