Can you believe it's already nearing the end of September? The long hot summer is finally closing its doors to autumn, the day's are gradually getting shorter and there are spiders everywhere. Which can only mean one thing - Halloween is nearly upon us.
Yes, All Hallows' Eve on October 31st is a fun excuse to dress up, go trick-or-treating with the kids, or get messy scooping out pumpkins and carving scary faces in them. But why not go one step further and cook a Halloween themed dinner for your family or friends? Here's one idea which is really simple to make and looks ultra effective when served up on the plate.
You will need:
A large orange pepper per person Some trofie pasta (enough for a generous portion per person) Fresh pesto (or make your own using basil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese) A variety of tomatoes - try and get green or orange ones if you can
Pre-heat the oven to around 180/200 degrees. Carefully cut off the top of each pepper and scoop out any seeds. Arrange the peppers and their tops as well as a selection of whole tomatoes on a baking tray and roast them in the oven for around 20-30 mins, or until they are just about to char. In the meantime cook the trofie pasta according to the packet instructions, then drain it and stir in the pesto. Once the peppers are cooked, very carefully carve out a couple of small triangles for eyes in each one, so that they look like Halloween pumpkins. Then pop them on a plate and fill each pepper with the pasta pesto mix until they are overflowing and pasta is spilling onto the plate. Pop the peppers' tops back on and place a few roasted tomatoes around the edge. Hey presto you've got a really effective Halloween dish for minimal effort!
Set the scene with a few glowing pumpkins and you and your dinner guests can really get into the spirit of fright night.