Traditional food for Bonfire Night that’ll make your party go with a bang!
Up north in Manchester… Bonfire Night was always a huge deal when I was a kid.
Everyone talked about it, kids collected fire wood and made a proper Guy, everyone looked forward to it and the food was always proper stodgy deliciousness.
And yes, it was usually eaten in a rainy garden, in the pitch black, stood by a spitting fire….. ahhhhh the memories!
Traditionally in Manchester Bonfire Night meant you’d be eating…
Bonfire Night Food Ideas
Bonfire Night Recipes – oven baked potatoes
We always served up proper oven baked potatoes – always slowly cooked, wrapped in foil in the gas oven for hours.
The potato skins would turn dark and crispy and when they were cooked we’d break them open and pile in the salted butter so it melted deliciously into the creamy baked potato flesh.
Sometimes we’d eat them just plain with salted butter or sometimes we’d pile fillings into them – baked beans or Lancashire cheese being the most popular.
Baked Potato Fillings to Try
- BLT Baked Potatoes – crispy bacon with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and mayonnaise
- Spicy Vegetable Chilli – hot and spicy homemade vegetable chilli with cheese or soured cream on top.
- Cheese and Caramelised Onion Chutney – pile in the grated cheese and dollop on the tangy sweet onion chutney.
- Sloppy Joes – switch out the traditional soft bread rolls and pile the sloppy joe filling into oven baked potatoes.
Get more baked potato filling recipes here.
Bonfire Night Recipes – Homemade Soup
At our Bonfire Night parties there was always a massive pan of minestrone or pumpkin soup.
The soup always came ladled into an enamel camping mug with a teaspoon to eat it with. Perfect for warming up with on a cold night.
Grab our delicious vegetarian soup recipes here
Food for Bonfire Night – Bonfire Bangers
Bonfire Night always meant we got to eat delicious hot dogs made using proper meaty sausages and topped with loads of fried onions, ketchup and mustard.
Grab our Bonfire Bangers recipe here.
Traditional Bonfire Night Food – Black peas
Nothing says Bonfire Night quite like proper Lancashire style black peas eaten from a cup with loads of vinegar.
If you’re not from up North you’ve probably not tried these before I think they’re a local treat!
Grab the Black Peas recipe here.
Bonfire Night Recipes – Homemade Parkin
My grandma used to make the most delicious homemade parkin.
Mmmm delicious sponge cake flavoured with molasses and ginger, cut into fat squares and wrapped in greaseproof paper. The perfect Bonfire Night treat.
Traditional Bonfire Night Recipes – Homemade Treacle Toffee
We always used to make up trays of homemade treacle toffee ready for bonfire night – totally delicious and well worth the effort –
Get the Treacle Toffee recipe here.
Food for Bonfire Night – Homemade toffee apples
And well… if you’re making treacle toffee you may as well do a tray of homemade toffee apples too – messy and delicious!
We used to make toffee apples for Halloween parties and then again for Bonfire Night.
Grab the Toffee Apple recipe here.
A PROPER NORTHERN FEAST!
But… if that’s not enough to get your mouth watering then we’ve got more delicious bonfire night recipes right here.
More food ideas for Bonfire Night
- Loaded potato skins
- Pumpkin spice brownies
- Poison toffee apples
- Crackling bonfire cupcakes
- Edible sparklers
- Firework chocolate bark
- Toffee apple cupcakes
- Spiced and spike apple cider
- Homemade cinder toffee
- Easy firework cookies
- Toffee Apple Crumble