While most of us are still waiting on our Hogwarts letter (I’m personally convinced that my letter was lost by Errol and I dare someone to tell me otherwise), there are a few things we can do besides reading or watching the series for the 100th time. There’s nothing wrong with going for 101, but even the most powerful magical beings have to stop for a spotta every once in a while. Plus, the snacks depicted and described in the wizarding world are enough to make you drool. So I decided I’d try my hand at a begrudgingly delayed witch’s version of a Hogwarts’ Feast for a few close friends. I picked a few dishes mentioned in the book and either found recipes or concocted my own.
Buckle up witches, wizards, nomajes, and muggles; things are about to get magically delicious without a single box of Lucky Charms in sight!
To warm guests as they come in from the cold we started with a nice mulled mead.
- 1 bottle of honey mead
- 1 cup of merlot
- 2 cups of apple juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 4-star anise
- 4 cinnamon sticks
Put it all in your cauldron of choice and heat to a simmer, then strain the brew and serve.
For our entree we have roast beef. Melissa d’Arabian’s recipe worked pretty well, except for the fact that the smoke alarms were set off – for the first time – when the liquid in the pan cooked down a little too far, so make sure you keep an eye on that. You can follow along with her recipe in this video
This was my first ever attempt at Yorkshire pudding and I looked to Jamie Oliver for advice. While heating the oil up to 450 I managed to set off my smoke alarm a second time! I realized at this point I just needed a towel on hand to fan in front of my highly sensitive apartment smoke detector. It was so much fun to watch these little buggers rise out of the muffin tins like magic! You can follow along with his recipe in this video
Our other side was green beans. However, I’m a respectable southern woman and I just couldn’t make my green beans without bacon. Yes, I’m sure they could be just as tasty without it, but when one can add bacon, I think one should add bacon.
- 1 bag microwavable steamed green beans
- 4 strips of bacon chopped in half-inch chunks
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
Cook bacon and drain off the grease then throw in the steamed green beans and season to taste. It’s not a complicated undertaking but it is a yummy one.
For dessert, I had to pay homage to our dear trolley lady who introduces Harry to the world of magical foods. I had a lot more confidence in making pumpkin pasties as I’ve been making pumpkin pies since I can remember. That being said, I sort of made up my own recipe.
- 1 package pie dough (2 sheets)
- 1 can Libby’s pumpkin pie filling (15 oz)
- ⅓ cup of sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
Mix pie filling, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut the pie dough into squares by cutting it into quarters and then trimming off the rounded edges. Put filling in the center of a square then place another square of dough over the top and press them together with a fork around the edges. Make slits in the top of the dough to allow for proper ventilation. Cook at 450 on a baking sheet for 10 minutes or until dough is golden brown. If the filling isn’t sweet enough for you, you could also make a powdered sugar and milk glaze to drizzle over the top of these pastries.
After everything was said and done the taste tests went rather well. We ended the night with full bellies and happy taste buds. The only thing that could have made the meal better would have been if the dirty dishes magically disappeared.
We wish you the very best on your nom adventures and look forward to offering more yummy inspiration in next month’s post of Geek Gourmet. We love to hear from our readers, so If you try these recipes or other recipes from the Wizarding World, comment below and tell us about your experience!