Best Samhain recipes for the Celtic feast! Enjoy delicious autumn harvest recipes and sweet desserts. We collected more than 25 recipe suggestions for comforting and tasty meals.
Many traditional Samhain recipes are still around for modern day cooks. These are easy recipes with simple pantry ingredients that probably you have at your home.
Celebrate the end of harvest with these delicious recipes!
The ancient Celts ate a diet of primarily dairy, fish, vegetables, grains, nuts, fresh and dried berries and fruits, herbs, eggs and meats such as lamb, beef and chicken. You can find traditional Samhain recipes, as well as adapted recipes with ingredients available in European cuisine nowadays.
What is Samhain
The modern Halloween celebration originated from Celtic Samhain (pronounced sow-in) festival.
Celts lived more than 2000 years ago on the territory of present Ireland, United Kingdom and north of France.
They celebrated New Year on the 1st of November. In the one hand, this is a time of the year that marks the end of harvesting. On the other hand, starts the dark time of the year, often associated with human death.
They believed that in the night bounds of the other world is dimmed. Celts lit bonfires and cooked dinner with autumn produce. They also left food for their lost relatives that returned to Earth that night as ghosts.
Celtic people also celebrated it in costumes of animals and made predictions of each other’s fortune.
Traditional Samhain Recipes
Traditional Samhain celebration includes Barmbrack, Soul Cakes, Colcannon and Wassail drink.
Barmbrack is a traditional Irish sweet bread, usually made for Halloween. Brack is a moist and delicious bread, filled with raisins.
Soul cakes are traditional English sweet cookies with raisins that are made for Halloween or Samhain, All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
This colcannon recipe is one traditional Irish food to try. It turned out best mashed potatoes I ever had! Simple mashed potatoes with sauteed kale and garlic, great and filling side dish. Moreover, colcannon is ultimate St Patrick's day food!
Cosy and warming soups are essential for this dark and cold time. Pumpking and carrot soups also add brightness and colours to the table!
Vegan carrot ginger soup is a healthy meal to prepare. This is one of the best easy soup recipes to make during the fall!
Delicious Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple, ginger and cream.
Beef barley soup with mushrooms is simple cozy soup to get you warm and full. Vegetables with beef, barley and mushrooms cooked together, create delicious and aromatic soup.
Prepare your Samhain dinner with this healthy and comforting pumpkin soup. It is simple and quick recipe!
Main dishes for Samhain
This is the time of the year, when people gathered their crops. Seasonal fresh vegetables were cooked with hearty meat meals.
Roasted Chicken and vegetables is a winner family dinner for holidays or weekends. It is easy to prepare a tasty one pan dinner in few hours with this high heat method.
Easy chicken pot pie with Jack-O'-Lantern face for your Halloween dinner.
Irish beef stew is incredibly rich and flavorful comfort dish. Simple beef stew recipe with Guinness. Perfect Irish dinner to enjoy with your family and friends.
Quick and easy creamed leeks recipe is a good side dish for any main meals.
Perfect Samhain dinner idea with warming tender lamb and vegetables.
Stuffed pumpkin with baked vegetables is beautiful and healthy meal. You can serve this pumpkin as a side dish or main dish for vegan dinner!
Honey roasted parsnips is one of our favorite dishes from now! So easy to make, sweet sticky baked parsnips are great as a side dish. Sweet and delicious.
Healthy and simple ingredients combined easily in a slow cooker. Savory and sweet main dish that can be served with grains or vegetables.
Flavourful and rich roasted butternut squash with garlic, rosemary and bacon.
Easy and always delicious vegetable side dish during this time of the year!
Roasted pork loin recipe is simple to make, but will elevate your Samhain dinner from boring to incredible.
Easy and delicious Samhain meal. You can make it ahead of time and keep in the fridge or freezer before serving.
Add more variety of delicious pies, cakes and cookies!
Beautiful French apple tart is one of my favorite apple dessert recipes to make during the fall. Short crust pastry shell, filled with homemade apple jam, with apple slices that arranged liked rose and baked with cinnamon.
Flavourful autumn apple cake with cinnamon apples baked in the center. Serve hot or cold with tea or cider.
Soft and chewy Pumpkin Cookies with pumpkin seeds that are crispy outside. Easy and quick recipe with autumn flavours!
Easy and lovely treats for autumn holidays.
Soft and delicious homemade Pumpkin Spice Muffins that are made with pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, cranberries, pecans and lots of autumnal spices.
Easy blackberry dessert for breakfast.
Make these cookies ahead of time to have a healthy snack between the meals! These banana oat cookies are so good for breakfast, too.
Apple bread is one of our sugar-free recipes to try. You can use our applesauce recipe to make this apple cinnamon bread. It delivers great spicy flavor and apple chunks will make it more moist. Moreover, it is perfect for smearing butter or yogurt on it.
Make mulled cider or mulled apple juice for the celebration. It lighter, fruitier and more refreshing than mulled wine.
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