Gear up for Halloween

September 27, 2011
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Here at Mission Restaurant Supply we are always on the hunt for great, new recipes that are easy to make and delicious. When a holiday like Halloween comes around, it’s especially fun to try new things. The weather is slowly cooling down and we have our feelers out to try scrumptious, satisfying foods that are best suited for cold weather. Here are some on our must-try list:

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkins are abounding this time of year and there are delicious ways to incorporate this plump gourd into more than just decoration. This Pumpkin Bread recipe is too easy for words. It makes a great breakfast bread when served slightly warm and it’s great for a mid-day snack. The nutmeg and rich pumpkin make for the perfect mix of fall flavors. We made a few loaves for the office break room last Fall and it was a big hit!

 

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

This Pumpkin Soup is something we are very excited about trying. It looks creamy, hot, satisfying, and we think it would be the perfect meal to warm up with on a blustery, Fall day. Recipe and photo courtesy of Simply Recipes.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 3 (15 oz) cans 100 percent pumpkin or 6 cups of chopped roasted pumpkin*
  • 5 cups of chicken broth (or vegetable broth for vegetarian option)**
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

What You Do

1 Melt butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add spices and stir for a minute more.

2 Add pumpkin and 5 cups of chicken broth; blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

3 Transfer soup, in batches, to a blender or food processor. Cover tightly and blend until smooth. Return soup to saucepan.

4 With the soup on low heat, add brown sugar and mix. Slowly add milk while stirring to incorporate. Add cream. Adjust seasonings to taste. If a little too spicy, add more cream to cool it down. You might want to add a teaspoon of salt. Serves 8- enjoy!

Halloween Cupcakes

Next, we are bringing you some  creepy crawler Halloween cupcakes, thanks to the fabulous baking blog, Bakerella. Rather than a recipe, we’re giving you some decoration inspiration. The nice thing about cupcakes is the sky’s the limit for decoration. Furthermore, you can make the baking process an easy one by buying the boxed mix and following the simple 1.2.3. directions there. (Buying red velvet cake for Halloween treats is our fav!) The photo here and at the top show just a handful of fun ways you can decorate your Halloween cupcakes. The trick is to buy lots of different icings and colored candies so that you can be creative with your designs. Check out all of our bakeware at Mission Restaurant Supply, including our non-stick cupcake pans!

“The Fall Freeze”

Some of the country’s favorite blenders come from the Vitamix brand, a customer favorite here at MissionRS.com. The folks over at Vitamix were kind enough to offer up a great recipe for the season:: The Fall Freeze. This iced pumpkin drink sounds delicious- what do you think?

Check out all of our Vitamix blenders on MissionRS.com!

 

Ingredients

Prepare Frozen Pumpkin Cubes

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) apple juice
  • 1 15 ounce (450 ml) can pumpkin

1. Place apple juice and pumpkin into the Vitamix container and secure lid. 

2. Select Variable 1. 

3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. 

4. Blend for 10 seconds to mix. Spoon by tablespoons into an ice cube tray and freeze. 

When Frozen Pumpkin Cubes are Ready

  • 8 ounces (240 g) vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tray pumpkin cubes

1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container and secure lid. 

2. Select Variable 1. 

3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. 

4. Use tamper to press ingredients into the blades while processing. In 30-60 seconds, the sound of the motor will change and four mounds should form in the mixture. 

5. Stop machine. Do not overmix or melting will occur.

Serve immediately & Enjoy! Sounds delish!

 

What will you be preparing this Halloween?

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