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To end our wonderful Month of Magic: Harry Potter, I wanted to celebrate with a small Hogwarts feast for two! With my brother in town for the week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make some yummy dinner and dessert. Please forgive my picture taking skills! I will update these pictures as soon as I am moved into a nicer place.
First is a really simple recipe for Hogsmeade Sweet & Sour Meatballs. I found a similar recipe on Pinterest and modified it to our tastes. This is an awesome and easy crock pot recipe!
- One bag of your preferred frozen meatballs
- One bottle of Kikkoman’s Sweet and Sour Sauce
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1/4 cup of soy sauce
- chili powder to your taste
- sesame seeds
Put the meatballs, Sweet and Sour Sauce, lemon juice, soy sauce and chili powder in the crock pot. Stir and combine all the ingredients. Set the crock pot on high for two hours. Stir them periodically and gently. Once heated through, plate them and sprinkle sesame seeds over top!
To compliment our meatballs, I made some truly homemade mashed potatoes straight from Mrs. Weasley’s kitchen. If you’re feeling cool, top these with your sweet & sour meatballs. It’s really good!
- 3 small to medium russet potatoes, peeled, washed, and cubed
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 to 1 cup of milk
Soak your cubed potatoes in a stock pot for about half an hour in cold water. Drain them then fill the pot with water again until they are covered. Bring to a boil on the stove. Once boiling, cover the pot and put on medium-low. Leave covered for about 15 minutes. Use a fork to check how tender they are. Once tender, drain and put back in the pot. Add butter, salt, and pepper. Use a potato masher to start mashing the potatoes and ingredients. Start adding the milk a little at a time and keep mashing until it is your desired creamy or chunky consistency.
Now you just need some veggies to balance out your feast. I love roasted veggies for literally every meal. They’re really easy to make.
- brussel sprouts
- oil or cooking spray
- salt and pepper
First, set your oven to 425F. Spray a cookie sheet with oil or drizzle a little on the pan and make sure to cover the entire surface. Next, chop the brussel sprouts in half. Lay these and the asparagus on the pan. Lightly brush oil over the tops of them before sprinkling a little salt and pepper all over the veggies. Finally, pop them in the over for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once half way through.
Plate your Hogwarts feast and sit down to enjoy a Harry Potter movie! We chose Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone) to enjoy during our meal. It was a lot of food but really good and filling. I hope we can do it again for Halloween or Christmas for a big group. I think it’d go over really well!
For dessert, I made Nerdy Nummies’ Butterbeer Milkshake! Man, are these babies sweet! I couldn’t even finish mine. I also left off the whipped cream and butter scotch morsels to save on my daily calorie count. You can check out my blog post on calorie counting and my diet in a later blog post.
I followed Ro’s instructions for the most part but I used Halo Top Vanilla Bean ice cream in place of just regular ice cream and a touch of milk to cut through some of the sweetness. I could have cut more calories using a diet cream soda if I was making these just for myself!
It was a wonderful night of magic and a great end to our Month of Magic: Harry Potter blog series. I can’t wait to see what blog posts you guys have ready for me to read!