How to: Halloween Dinner Party Main Course

Jenna is our guest foodie blogger who has been writing her blog, Hogg's Homemade, since early 2015. This October, Jenna is bringing us a four part special for those of you thinking of throwing a dinner party on Halloween, which will take us right through from creepy cocktails, a spooky starter, a maleficent main course to a deadly dessert.


Part 3: Slow Cooked Beef Stew

For the main course I racked my brains to think of a Halloween themed dinner. Ideas of venison stew labelled as ‘road kill’, or something that looked like brains on a plate. But I wanted to make my meal as easy to prepare as possible, being able to bung it in a pot and forget about it all day; say hello to the slow cooker. 

Put your own creative Halloween spin on it if you wish – with shallot shaped eyes or call it mad cow casserole. This Autumnal dish is packed with flavour and can be easily served with mash, rice or crusty bread and greens.

Serves 6

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 8-10 hours in a slow cooker



900g Braising Steak – dusted with plain flour

9 Carrots, peeled and cut into thirds (or 6 carrots if large)

6 Shallots, peeled and trimmed

2 Large garlic cloves, crushed

750ml of beef stock

125ml Red wine

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp Olive oil

Pepper to taste



Slow cooked throughout the day will not only allow your meat to be tender and full of flavour, but will give you extra time to work on your Halloween outfit! 


Method – N.B you will need a large slow cooker

1. Coat your beef in plain flour and brown in a pan with your olive oil

2. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and stir – the liquid should just cover your stew

3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, avoid lifting the lid of your pan until complete to keep the juices in.