Samhain is a Celtic holiday that celebrates the end of harvesting and the beginning of a new season. It is also the origin of the modern Halloween celebration! It is thought that, during this Pagan holiday, the veil between the living world and the world of the dead is thinned, making communication easier with the dead. And a big part of honoring the loved ones who have passed is by making their favorite food.
Do you observe Samhain? Celebrate this Celtic feast with these comforting Samhain recipes!
Enjoy fall flavors with this refreshing drink. The freshness and bubbles of local sparkling apple cider and the smooth and rich French vanilla ice cream are complemented with toppings like whipped cream, a sprinkling of woody cinnamon along with crunchy apple slices and sweet caramel sauce. Freeze it for 30 minutes for the best results.
This autumn salad recipe is the perfect addition to a Samhain meal. The delicious salad is made by combining raw kale leaves with apples, tricolor quinoa, dried cranberries, walnuts, and goat cheese. Toss it with a delectable lemon juice and honey-based vinaigrette to balance the bitter flavors of kale, and you’ll have the pickiest of eaters reaching for second helpings!
Cozy up on chilly winter days with this comforting meal. Make the soup with tart apples, sharp cheddar cheese, and various spices and seasonings, and simmer it to your desired consistency. To serve, spoon the soup into bowls and top them with the homemade cinnamon pecan oat crumble for a delightful crunch. Your taste buds will thank you for this one!
This amazing main course will fill up your home with wonderful aromas as it cooks. Layers of lasagna sheets combined with an earthy mushroom filling with creamy butternut puree and ricotta — it even comes out of the oven looking like an absolute dream! Garnish it with crispy sage leaves and serve with delectable béchamel sauce.
These cheesecake bars feature a crunchy crust, a rich cheesecake filling, and a cinnamon apple and brown sugar streusel topping — the perfect dessert to indulge in after any meal. Just layer the ingredients in a pan and bake until golden brown, then serve with caramel on top for extra flair. You can store these bars in the fridge for up to 5 days!
Tender, flavorful, and filling, this cranberry crock pot pork loin recipe has everything you’d want for a meal. It’s made with simple, easy-to-find ingredients but delivers some incredible flavors. And since it is a slow-cook recipe, you only have to combine all the ingredients and let your slow cooker work its magic!
This simple side dish is super healthy, tastes amazing, and is incredibly easy to make. To prepare, simply cook leeks in butter and oil until they’re softened, then mix in cream to make it thick and creamy. This recipe is adaptable, so feel free to use substitutes for the cream to complement your dietary preferences.
Soft and fluffy, this Irish soda bread is the stuff of baked dreams. It’s easy to make with just 4 ingredients — all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. You may also add raisins for more flavor and depth. The bread is salty, so if you’re on a low-sodium diet, use less salt than what the recipe calls for.
This wonderful dish comes together in just 30 minutes and is brimming with warm, comforting flavors. It combines stock, cornmeal, butter or olive oil, cheese, and seasonings for the polenta. Topped with mushrooms sautéed in oil with shallots and garlic, serve it with a drizzle of truffle oil for some added oomph.
Pumpkin, spices, and everything nice — these pumpkin spice muffins are just what you need on autumnal days. While it has a long ingredient list that can be off-putting for many, the warming, aromatic flavors you’ll taste will make it so worth it! Add a rich maple glaze on top and dig in!
A hearty, creamy, warming soup, this recipe delivers a comforting soup that’s perfect for the fall weather. It is made with ingredients like butternut squash that’s roasted and slightly caramelized for a deeper flavor, tart apples to balance the sweetness of butternut squash, aromatic ginger and garlic, and loads of seasonings to give you exquisite flavors in every mouthful. Serve hot with some garlic bread.
Scrumptious vegetables served in a whole pumpkin, this meal will wow everyone at the dinner table. Chop up an eggplant, zucchini, and bell peppers into cubes and slice the mushrooms, then add some aromatic herbs and seasonings like marjoram, rosemary, and thyme. Add the veggies to a hollowed-out pumpkin and bake until the vegetables are well done. Serve warm!
An Irish classic, colcannon can be made in various ways. This colcannon recipe is prepared with russet potatoes, curly kale, spring onions, and generous amounts of unsalted butter and seasonings. It’s a nutritious and delicious side dish that also looks stunning with a dinner spread. Serve it with your choice of the main dish to enjoy a filling meal.
No Samhain celebration is complete without a soul cake. And you can’t go wrong with this classic recipe. It’s easy to make with just 8 ingredients and comes together in just 40 minutes, perfect to whip up on busy weeknights! They’re great on their own but will also taste incredible with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Is there any better way to kick off your Samhain celebration?