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Bonfire night is the perfect excuse to get wrapped up and enjoy an evening outside with friends on your elegant outdoor furniture. Because no autumnal get-together would be complete without a hearty feast to keep guests warm, we’ve pulled together a list of our favourite cosy recipes, guaranteed to please a hungry crowd.
1. Catharine Wheel Toad in the Hole
Sausages and Yorkshire puddings are a match made in heaven and this firework-inspired dish from BBC Good Food is not only delicious, but also makes a beautiful centrepiece for your table. Complete with honey and mustard onions, this twist on a classic toad in the hole will be a hit with the whole family.
2. Beef Stew with Anchovies and Thyme
A warming pot of stew is a failsafe way to feed a crowd without the need to slave away over the stove all day. This recipe from Nigella incorporates anchovies into a traditional beef stew for extra flavour and is equally as good warmed up the next day if you are lucky enough to have leftovers.
3. Pigs’ Cheeks with Apple and Cider
When it comes to winter warmers, Nigel Slater is an expert. This delicious slow cooked dish combines succulent pigs’ cheeks with seasonal apples and cream-rich mashed potato to create an indulgent, comforting meal perfect for chilly evenings.
4. Merguez Sausage, Roast Potato, and Aioli Baguettes
For a delicious twist on the classic hotdog, we recommend Delicious Magazine’s merguez sausage baguettes, complete with duck fat roast potatoes and aioli. Best enjoyed piping hot with friends, once tasted, these decadent baguettes are never forgotten.
5. Sweet Potato Melts with Rosemary, Garlic and Chilli
If you’re looking for a quick fix that will leave your guests feeling warm and satisfied, these baked sweet potatoes topped with indulgent gruyere and cheddar are a fantastic option. Ready in just 45 minutes and with very little prep work, this decadent twist on the classic jacket potato is perfect for laid-back firework night gatherings.
6. Fried Cox Apples with Cinnamon Sugar
A grown-up version of the classic toffee apple, these sweet treats from Jamie Oliver make the perfect fire-side snack for Bonfire Night parties and take just 20 minutes to make.
7. The Ultimate Hot Chocolate
Nothing says comfort like hot chocolate, and this luxurious recipe from Waitrose can be whipped up in just 10 minutes when you have guests on the way. Combining rich dark chocolate with vanilla, malted milk powder, and a pinch of sea salt makes for an indulgent drink that is sure to keep you toasty during a firework display. Marshmallows are optional but certainly recommended.
Even though we are now in the colder months, having the perfect outdoor seating area is essential for any Guy Fawkes celebrations. An area that is comfortable and cosy with a range of blankets and scatter cushions to keep your guests warm and snug throughout the festivities. A seating area for dining and drinking with your favourite elegant outdoor furniture is a must, but the added benefit of a few loungers to sit back and recline whilst watching the fireworks is sure to be a hit with your guests.
For more advice on making the most of your outdoor space throughout the seasons, read our round up of the best products to help you enjoy your garden all year round.