Autumnul Nosh: A Pumpkin Carving Party Menu


Pumpkin carving parties are one of the easiest to throw - no games, intricate decor or fancy dress needed.  Just gather up some friends, colorful gourds, and operating tools and you're good to go.  Oh yeah, and a killer menu doesn't hurt. 

Warm Menu for a Cool Night

  • Roasted Pepper & Corn Bisque
  • Turkey Pinwheels 
  • Field Greens with sage derby, clementines and honey-mustard dressing
  • Soft Pretzel Rolls
  • Apples with Caramel 
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Pumpkin Pie 
  • Hot Apple Cider
1. As the temperature starts to drop, crock pots and slow cookers are an easy way to make warm food available to guests all throughout the evening.  Soups, stews, pot roasts and chili are simple to throw together and make for a tasty break.  Cider and hot chocolate can also be kept warm throughout the night.
2.  Bisques and pureed soups are easy to sip at in insulated cups, making utensils unnecessary and freeing up the ever important gut-scooping hand!
3.  With everything else in your busy schedule, try incorporating some pre-made foods into your menu. In this case, I used Trader Joe's Roasted Pepper and Corn Soup and soft pretzel rolls (both delicious!).
4. While you can't predict everyone's dietary needs, having a few vegetarian-friendly options on hand is always a thoughtful touch.  


Easy Turkey Pinwheels
4-6 8 inch flour spinach tortillas
12 oz package turkey breast slices
12 oz Swiss cheese slices
1/2 cup light garden vegetable cream cheese
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup roasted red pepper, well drained and finely chopped
2 cups lettuce mix
1/2 cup shredded carrots


Spread 2 teaspoons veggie cream cheese over entire surface of each tortilla. Top cream cheese with  several slices of turkey and cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red pepper and carrots. Roll tortillas. Use a serrated knife to cut roll into 1-inch slices. Arrange on a plate to serve.

Honey-Mustard Dressing
5 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons Dijon or spicy brown mustard
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar


Combine all ingredients in jar. Shake until well mixed. 

1 stick butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground cloves
1/2 cup granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease cookie sheets. Cream the butter with the brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the molasses and egg and beat until smooth. Sift the flour with baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until well blended. Pinch off a little of the dough and roll it into 1-inch balls (dough may be very moist, if so, dip hands in warm water before forming balls). Dip each ball into the granulated sugar and arrange sugar side up on prepared baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until cracked on top.

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