Each year, on November 5th, people mark the anniversary of the Gunpowder plot which aimed to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 and assassinate King James I. Guy Fawkes (also known as Guido Fawkes) was famously implicated, along with other men and later executed for his involvement.
Today, people often gather around a bonfire, set off fireworks and share food and drinks that will warm everyone up in the cold November night. It can be a dilemma to decide what food to serve. Here are some suggestions.
Savoury Foods to Serve at a Fireworks Party
The main requirement for food served on Bonfire Night is that it needs to provide warmth, either in flavour or temperature. Guests will be huddled around a hot smoky bonfire on a chilly November evening, cupping warm drinks between gloved hands.
Serve something warm, savoury and spicy and the food will go down a treat. Try the following.
- Sticky marinated sausages – Leave good quality sausages to marinade in a barbecue sauce and then bake in the oven until cooked through, browned and sticky. Serve in hot dog rolls with fried onions and relishes on the side.
- Make a stew or Chili con Carne for people to ladle into bowls and take with them outside. A bowl of rice or some crusty bread will be useful to mop up the sauce. Beef and Ale Stew is incredibly popular, or make a stew with sausages and beans for a filling meal.
- Consider making a favourite soup and keep warm in a crockpot. Guests can then ladle the soup into mugs and sip outside while they enjoy the fireworks.
- Perhaps light the barbecue! Food can be cooked with more control over a barbecue than on a bonfire and a wide range of foods can be offered along with bread rolls. Serve burgers, kebabs, hot dogs and corn on the cobs.
Drink Ideas for Fireworks Night
Keep guests warm and refreshed with these Bonfire Night drink ideas. Ideally, serve drinks warm – and if you have a thermal jug then all the better for guests to help themselves! Just remember that alcohol and lighting fireworks don’t mix – safety is important.
- Make Mulled Wine. Tip a bottle of red wine into a large saucepan and drop in some aromatic, whole spices. A cinnamon stick, a star anise, and some nutmeg are all popular. Special “Mulled Wine” spice mixtures can also be bought in supermarkets if you don’t have these to hand.
- Serve hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows.
- Provide plenty of fruit juice and jugs of water for children.
Suggestions for Fireworks’ Night Desserts and Sweet Treats
Firework parties attract children, who love to see the twinkling colours shoot up loudly into the dark sky. Ensure that you have a variety of sweet foods and desserts to finish off the evening for both the children and the adults. Try the following.
- Thread a marshmallow onto the end of a skewer and toast on the bonfire for a few seconds until charred on the outside and soft and melting in the middle. Be careful though – the inside of the marshmallow will be hot! Soak wooden skewers in water beforehand to ensure they do not catch alight. Metal skewers will also get very hot to the touch so wooden ones are best used.
- Make cupcakes and decorate with edible glitter or sprinkles. Pile up squares of Chocolate Brownies and light with small birthday cake candles for effect as you bring them outside. For more ideas on cake decorations for Fireworks’ Night click here.
- Bake an aromatic crumble and serve with a jug of warm custard or some cream.
Fireworks parties can be entertaining, fun and a great way to bring friends and family together. With these ideas for Firework Night dishes, the food is likely to be received just as well as the fireworks themselves.