HaPpY HaLlOwEeN!

It is fitting that our country of origin for this week’s Main Recipe is the European country of Hungary. Did you know that Halloween originated in Europe, too? Immigrating Europeans brought the traditions of Halloween to the United States. In Ireland, the Celts used to carve turnips and use them as lanterns. When people arrived to what is now the U.S., they found pumpkins a’plenty, but not many turnips, and so they applied this tradition to pumpkins. This is where the practice of carving Jack-o-lanterns comes from!

Onto our recipes: Kids expect sweet things for Halloween (don’t we all?!), but we like to keep them on their toes. We’re going savory (and still very festive) with a Sticky Fingers Halloween classic: Goulish Goulash!

Goulash is a one-pot wonder this time of year. It’s usually made with tough cuts of meat that are braised until tender with tomatoes and loads of paprika. Lots of variations on the classic exist. We’re taking some liberties with our vegetable based and very seasonally-hued version: A pumpkin, bell pepper, and sweet potato Goulash. We can’t skip the paprika, though, or the sour cream!

Goulash is traditionally served either over “pinch dumplings” (called Csipetke) or buttered noodles. In that spirit, we’re making some super fun black cocoa-dyed Batty Boooodles to serve under our Goulash! Natural food dye is sooo fun to make, and it beats the heck out of store-bought food coloring. Black dye can be made from extra dark cocoa powder, so that’s what we’re using to dye our bowtie noodles! They look exactly like little bats. We admit, it sounded a little strange to us, too. But somehow the slightly bitter cocoa and sweet pumpkin combo works. Plus, they’re 100% adorable. HAVE FUN!

- Happy + Healthy Cooking: Chef Erin & Chef Jacqui

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