We love throwing pumpkin carving parties every year. Spooky music, costumes, and carving pumpkins are guaranteed ways to bring about the holiday spirit.
After the festivities, there’s nothing like this spooky comfort food combo: Jack O’Lantern grilled cheese and tomato soup! Easy to make and so comforting!
- Bread of choice
- butter/plant butter of choice
- cheese/cheeze of choice
- Preheat oven to 200F
- Cut cheeze slices down around their edges to have roughly the shape of your bread slices
- For one sandwich, take 2 slices of bread and carefully butter both sides of each slice
- Carefully cut out the scary (or not scary) Jack O’Lantern face with a pointy knife in one of the slices
- Thoroughly heat up a frying pan on medium heat (about 5 minutes)
- Grill your 2 bread slices on one side on medium heat until golden brown (check around 90 seconds to see if it’s done or needs more time)
- Turn the 2 pieces upside down
- Place a slice of cheeze on top (which is now golden brown) of each bread slice
- Cover the pan and grill until the bottom side is golden brown and cheeze started to soften up (check around 90 seconds to see if it’s done or needs more time)
- Carefully bring the two sides together to make a sandwich
- Place the sandwich in a preheated oven to keep warm until ready to serve!
Tomato soup (serves 4 hungry happy campers):
- 1 Large Onion, chopped
- 4 Cloves Garlic, chopped
- 2 Large Carrots, chopped
- 3 Stalks Celery, chopped
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 2 x 14.5oz Cans of Diced Tomatoes
- 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
- 1x 15oz Coconut Milk (the full fat kind)
- 1 tsp Salt
- ¼ tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
- ½ Cup chopped fresh Basil
- Place a pot over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, little bit of Salt and Onions
- Cook Onions, stirring occasionally
- Once Onions start to lightly brown, add Garlic, Carrots, Celery and Italian Seasoning
- Continue cooking, stir every 5 minutes, until Onions turn golden brown
- Meanwhile, throw Diced Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Coconut Milk, Salt and Pepper into a blender or food processor
- Now add in the cooked Onions and other vegetables melange into the blender or food processor and blend until desired consistency
- Transfer the purre back into the pot
- Add Fresh chopped Basil and simmer for 5 minutes
- Add Salt and Pepper to taste
- Serve with a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar and Fresh Basil leaves on top!
Keep smiling and Happy Halloween!!