Impress your bonfire night guests with these tasty, seasonal recipes


Bonfire night beetroot soup

This tasty beetroot soup is quick and easy to make, and an instant warmer when you come in from watching the fireworks

Serves 4

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes


2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, diced

1 large carrot, diced

1 stick of celery, diced

1 garlic clove, crushed

500g cooked beetroot (2 packets), cut into chunks

500g of ripe tomatoes, halved

750ml vegetable stock

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed

Salt and pepper

Optional: Double cream


In large saucepan, sweat the onion, carrot and celery gently in the olive oil until it softens. This will take around 10 minutes – be careful not to burn the onions, you are not trying to caramelize them.

When the onions are soft, add the crushed garlic to the pan and gently fry for a further minute and then add the beetroot, tomatoes, stock, balsamic vinegar, and thyme leaves.

Bring to the boil and simmer for a couple of minutes.

Using a liquidiser or stick blender, blend the soup until really smooth.

Pour the soup in bowls and serve immediately.

Optional: drizzle a small amount of double cream on top of the soup for some added decadence.

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Sausage sandwiches with shallot, fennel and apple slaw

These banger sandwiches are prefect to eat around the fire - indoors or out!

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes


4 pork sausages

3 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp mustard seeds

2 apples

2 echalion shallots

1 fennel bulb

20ml lemon juice

Small handful of coriander

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tsp Dijon mustard

4 sub rolls


Heat the oven to 220°C. Rub the sausages with a little oil, put on an oven tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 25 minutes. Turn once halfway through to ensure they’re nicely browned all over.

In a small, dry frying pan toast the mustard seeds until fragrant. Core the apples, finely slice and cut into matchsticks. Peel the shallots and finely slice. Finely slice the fennel or use a mandolin.

Add to a bowl with the remaining olive oil, lemon juice, coriander, seasoning and mustard seeds. Stir to combine.

In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and mustard.

Partially slice open the sub rolls and toast the insides. Spread each roll with a little of the mustard mayonnaise, top with the hot sausages and the slaw.

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Burnt cheesecake with spiced mandarins

Bring your get-together to the sweetest of endings with this showstopper of a dessert

Serves: 10-12

Preparation time: 30 minutes.

Cooking time: 1 hour, plus overnight chilling


680g full-fat cream cheese

250g caster sugar

Good pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

25g cornflour

4 medium eggs

300ml double cream

For the spiced mandarins:

2 cans (298g) Del Monte® Mandarin Segments in Juice

4 tbsp soft light brown sugar

1 cinnamon stick

1 star anise

5-6 cardamom pods, slightly squashed


Make the cheesecake the day before you want to serve it. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6 and find a 20cm round springform tin. Take a large piece of baking parchment, more than big enough to line the tin, and scrunch it up in your hands – this makes the paper easier to manipulate. Unscrunch the paper and put it in the tin, using a smaller cake tin to help mould it to the sides. Don’t worry about the creases and wrinkles – these are all part of the look of the cheesecake! If you have a mixer, put the cream cheese, sugar, salt, vanilla and cornflour into it and beat them thoroughly together. Otherwise, do this in a large mixing bowl, beating until smooth.

Add the eggs and start beating them into the cream cheese mixture, gradually pouring in the cream as you go. If you’re using a mixing bowl, beat in the eggs one at a time before beating in the cream. You want a nice, smooth mixture.

Pour the mixture carefully into the lined tin and transfer to the oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes until the cheesecake is puffed up, very brown at the edges and a rich golden brown in the centre. It should have a slight wobble in the middle still. Take out of the oven and leave to cool completely in the tin – it will sink as it cools. Transfer to the fridge and refrigerate overnight.

While the cheesecake is baking, make the spiced mandarins. Drain the juice from both cans into a saucepan. Add the brown sugar and whole spices and put over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then let the juice come to a brisk simmer and cook for about 10 minutes until the liquid is reduced and syrupy. Take off the heat, add the mandarin segments and stir gently. Leave to cool then refrigerate.

When you’re ready to serve, carefully remove the paper and transfer the cheesecake to a serving plate. Serve in slices, with a generous spoonful of the mandarins and their syrup.

Recipe courtesy of: Del Monte