After having a beautiful sugar skull clock custom made for him, I knew a subtle Dia de Muertos themed evening was pretty much the greatest idea ever. Nothing like a good gift to set me up for a themed adventure! I ordered a cute little party banner from Kiwi Tini on Etsy, draped a cute scarf and fabric over my table, put a fun Mexican dance/salsa mix on Songza and voila! My kitchen oozed with colourful, spicy atmosphere.
Here is a shot of the menu I doodled for the occasion:
After a few requests for recipes, I thought I'd be a doll and put all the links in one place. Below are the menu items and the links to the websites/blogs I found them on. For once in my life, I followed recipes pretty closely and so there are limited substitutions to report!! The one exception is the Horchata rice pudding--see notes below for details (and my take on a Horchata recipe).
If the thought has crossed your mind to host a Dia de Muertos dinner party for Halloween this year, look no further than this menu:
The entire menu was amazing. Gorditas are my new obsession, and I suspect my new dietary staple.
So. In. Love.
Despite all the yumminess, I highly recommend the Horchata Rice Pudding recipe from Better Homes and Gardens... I made mine dairy-free using homemade sweetened condensed coconut milk and an easy Horchata "hack" that I am absolutely in love with. Scroll down for the recipe!
After researching what Horchata is, and the best ways to make it (this post from Noshon.it is amazingly detailed), I decided on a short cut that would do in a pinch. I used the ratio from the Nosh post to come up with a quick solution that required only a mason jar.