Over the last several months, I've featured Claire Thomas' un-fussy yet sophisticated food on a regular basis (irresistible recipes seen here, here, here and here). So when planning a Halloween party catered to the adults – complete with a festive and seasonal menu – I immediately thought of her. I was thrilled when she agreed, and not surprisingly, thrilled with the delicious results.
On the holiday-inspired menu: starters of a Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Rye Bread Crumbs, Pepitas and Mole, served in small, hollowed-out pumpkins, and a Kale Salad with Pepitas, Pecorino, Raisins, and Fuyu Persimmons.
For the main course, Claire created a spread of the most amazing DIY tacos, with components that included Cola Carnitas, a Roasted Pumpkin Sofrito with Parsnips, a Smoky Pomegranate Salsa and a Sage Salsa Verde. To wash it all down: an incredible Tequila Tamarindo Punch that simultaneously complemented the meal and got the party going.
And as the sweet finish, Claire continued the theme with a sinfully good Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding – a dessert that has officially been added to my list of recipes to perfect. XXJKE