Halloween appetizers to snack on while carving pumpkins – jack o’ lantern salads, spinach & artichoke dip, buffalo cauliflower, and more. Plus, a fun day at the pumpkin patch.
This weekend David and I went on our yearly pumpkin patch outing with our friends, Ashley & Adam.
Even though pumpkins can be purchased at any grocery store, there’s something especially festive about going to a pumpkin patch and getting one straight from the vine.
Since it’s late in the season, a lot of the fields were pretty picked over. But we managed to find one that still had plenty of pumpkins from which to choose.
I didn’t have a particular design in mind when I grabbed this smaller squash. However, I knew its diminutive size would mean a quicker carving, which was ideal this year since David and I were hosting.
Back at our place, we put on a Halloween music mix, and set to carving pumpkins and snacking. Fitting the Halloween mood, most of the foods were orange in color.
I put spinach and artichoke dip into the oven that I’d prepared earlier in the day.
This dip has a base of cashews & carrots, but you’d never guess it from its thick, velvety texture. I served it with tortilla chips & baguette slices for dipping.
I also made buffalo cauliflower using Kittee’s recipe. Even though the buffalo cauliflower uses a whole head, there were only a couple of florets left by the time we were finished.
I served the cauliflower with zesty ranch dressing for dipping, using the recipe from But I Could Never Go Vegan. (Kristy also has the dressing recipe here on her blog.)
I rounded out the savory portion of the evening with jack o’ lantern salads.
I’d carved the oranges that morning. They stayed firm in the refrigerator until I pulled them out to fill with carrots, celery, lettuce, peanuts, and orange wedges.
The salads were served with a tangy peanut dressing.
We capped the night with something sweet. David made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from But I Could Never Go Vegan and turned them into sandwiches with vanilla icing in the middle.
Ashley brought these cute chocolate covered strawberries disguised as ninjas. (It’s fun & easy to dip fruit in chocolate. Find out more in this post on chocolate covered oranges.)
It was a lovely day with friends and one of my favorite fall traditions.