January 27, 2013 by thenerdyhousewife
Hello again Space Cadets,
I wanted to get this out ASAP after I posted Part 1, but a night that involved Japanese Hibachi, ice cream,
a couple of vodka shots, and lots of sleep kind of distracted from getting on the ball. (Actually, I think at some point, I actually did get on a ball. Like a yoga ball. And then bounced around the room. In front of people. Hmm.) But I digress.
So here is the food we used for the Harry Potter party. It all turned out really well, with the exception of our 2 versions (hot and cold) of Butter Beer. I sadly didn’t get a picture of it either. But it was nasty, and you aren’t missing out on anything.
Here was our spread:
I made Devil’s food cake cupcakes for our “Cauldron Cakes”. They were just basic, “from the box” Betty Crocker ones, so no need to bore you with instructions.
A friend brought chocolate covered peanuts and almonds (or maybe it was pecans?) for our “Cockroach Clusters”. As I said on Part 1, this was back in 2009, so I can’t remember if these were bought pre-made, or if they were homemade.
Even though “Phoenix Ashes” are not in the story or movie as a food name, I thought it was a pretty creative name my friend came up with for puppy chow. I believe she just used the normal recipe for puppy chow. There are plenty of recipes out on the web for this, so again, no need to bore you.
Now these beauties were my friend’s own creation. I have a feeling the Pumpkin Pasties available on the Hogwart’s Express were not nearly as delicious as these! Also, these are great for Thanksgiving or Christmas breakfast 🙂
1 can pumpkin pie filling
1 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
2 cans of crescent rolls
Directions: Mix cream cheese and 1/3 of the canned pumpkin pie filling together. Lay out crescent roll dough on cookie sheet and spoon on one spoonful on to each crescent roll. Roll and tuck dough around mixture blob to cover as much of it as possible. (Some of the mixture will squish out during the cooking process, but this helps to keep it as neat as possible) Use cooking instructions on crescent roll package. After they are removed from oven, sprinkle cinnamon on top if desired (which you totally want to do because it makes it so much better). When cooled enough to eat, shove in face as fast as possible.
Yields 16. For 32, use 2/3 of pumpkin pie filling and 2 pkg of cream cheese. for 48, use all of the pumpkin pie filling and 3 pkg of cream cheese.
Again, “Parchment scrolls” are not apart of the Harry Potter books or movies, but we really wanted something that wasn’t a dessert to snack on as well, so we just came up with this name (which I think works great). They are just simple “pinwheels” or “roleups” (I’ve heard both names.) There are infinite ways to make these and people just usually put what they want in them. But here is my recipe that I use for any time I need to bring finger foods to a party. Mine is just the plain, normal versions of the ingredients, but you can always substitute, say the cream cheese for herb and onion cream cheese, and use whatever kind of shredded cheese you want.
Parchment Scrolls (or Simple Pinwheels)
1 8oz pkg of softened cream cheese
1 16 oz container of sour cream
3 green onions, chopped
2 cups shredded cheese
1 pkg of soft flour tortillas (usually contains 8-10)
1 3oz pkg of real bacon bits (optional)
Directions: Mix softened cream cheese and sour cream together. Mix in chopped green onions and shredded cheese really well. (Mixture will get very thick so really make sure you are mixing it thoroughly.) Spread mixture onto tortillas. Really slather it on there. Yeeaaahhh. (I like to do half of my tortillas regular, then add the bacon bits to the left over mixture and spread that on the remaining tortillas.) Roll up tortillas tight (but not so tight the spread starts coming out the ends) and place into covered container. I use a 9×13 glass cake pan w/ a lid. I’ve also used a disposable aluminum pan with foil on top. Whatever works for you. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. I usually leave it overnight. Cut into 1″ mini rolls (or pinwheels) before serving.
Last, but not least is our *adult* punch, which we named Amortentia (the love potion in Harry Potter) because its red. (Although, I believe in the story it was either clear or silver. Mer…) I also made this for a Halloween party and a New Year’s Eve party. Neither of which I remember very well, for reasons you’ll soon figure out.
Amortentia (Adult party punch)
2 packets from a container of Cherry Drink Mix (I used Great Value brand, but Crystal Light is the normal stuff. And this is the stuff you mix in a pitcher like Koolaid, NOT the tiny packs for a bottle of water.)
2 cans of frozen lemonade concentrate
1 handle (about 60 oz) of vodka (buy the cheap stuff because you can’t taste it anyway–flavored vodka optional)
1 lb of dry ice (optional)
Directions: Mix first 3 ingredients in large punch bowl. Serve on the rocks. Don’t puke on anything you don’t want stained red. Don’t ask me how I know that either.
If you want to add dry ice for mist effect, get another punch bowl just big enough to set your first one in. While wearing gloves, place small chunks of dry ice in between the two bowls and add water as needed. Do not place dry ice IN the punch itself as the jury is still out as to weather or not it can be bad for your health. But in general, I don’t think its a good idea to chance it anyway in case a chunk gets in your mouth and freeze burns your tongue. Not cool, dude, not cool.
Later space cadets,
The Nerdy Housewife