Planning Your Mabon Feast
After celebrating so many Sabbats, do you ever feel like you are eating the same thing every time or that you are getting bored because the harvest is the same every time? It is okay to feel like that. Sabbats rely on the current harvest to supply food for a feast, so if you are planting the same thing each time, the repetitive nature can happen. What Witches can plant depends on where they live, but if they are not afraid to reach out to their community or go to different supermarkets to get ingredients, they can start to differentiate the foods associated with each Sabbat. As Mabon is approaching, you still have time to gather ingredients to make a feast unique to Mabon. So that you can have a handy dandy shopping list to reference, take a look at the foods you can make to have a wonderful and stomach satisfying Mabon feast.
Get your stomach ready for the flavors of the Mabon feast with some delectable appetizers. Be careful not to fill up on the appetizers; you have three more yummy courses to go after them.
Baked Apple Chips
Apples are abundant during Mabon and represent one of the main food symbols of the season, so apple centered dishes are going to be common during Mabon. These apple chips are simple to make as all you need to do is slice apples, top them with the seasonings of your choice, and then bake them until crispy.
Herb Butter and Fresh Bread
There are plenty of fresh herbs you can grow during Mabon. Pick your favorite herb and mix it with some butter. The butter can be store bought and softened , or you can make it and add the herbs at the end. Spread it on some freshly baked bread and enjoy the savory, buttery herbs.
Butternut Squash Soup
This recipe is simple to make since you roast the squash first and scoop out the inside to make the soup. Toss in some garlic, heavy cream, and rosemary, and you will have a rich and flavorful soup to warm your bodies up.
The main event of your Mabon feast! You can decide to make one big entrée or a variety of smaller entrées so that you can cater to the tastes of your guests. These entrées will be so good you may want to have seconds.
Turkey Meatballs in Cranberry Sauce
If you cannot roast a whole bird, these meatballs are an easy to make alternative. Make the meatballs as you usually would then finish cooking them in some bubbling cranberry sauce.
Herb Roasted Chicken
You can use your favorite blend of herbs or find an appealing herb blend and rub it over your chicken so you can have a savory dish. Top off the chicken with some melted butter, and your guests will be asking for your recipe.
For the vegetarian Witch, you can make a Harvest Ratatouille using vegetables like eggplant, bell peppers, and zucchini to make a simple yet hearty meal.
The side dishes pair wonderfully with the entrée without overpowering it. Do not be afraid to take heaping portions of these side dishes.
Sweet Potato Mash
You don’t need a fancy recipe to make this dish. You need only to bake the sweet potatoes in the oven and mash them before they cool. You can add some maple syrup or butter for a delicate flavor kick.
Rosemary Garlic Potatoes
You can’t go wrong with the savory taste of potatoes and rosemary. Roasted red potatoes paired with rosemary and garlic make every bite an otherworldly experience.
Lemon Thyme Green Beans
These green beans pair perfectly with roasted birds. Only three ingredients are needed, fresh green beans, lemon juice, and fresh thyme. The crisp green beans are a healthy side dish that isn’t too filling or starch heavy.
Make sure you save room for dessert! These sweet treats will finish up your Mabon feast, though you may be tempted to take seconds here as well.
Baked Apple with Caramel Sauce
Mabon baked apples follow the tradition of the German Christmas dish, Bratapfel, where apples are hollowed out and stuffed with nuts, honey, and plums. The apples are then baked in an oven and when done and cooled, topped off with warm caramel to seal in the spice and sweet taste.
Spiced Pears aren’t commonly made, but they are a unique dish to Mabon. They are a healthy alternative to most heavy desserts. Bake the pears on the stove and add a spice blend of brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. You can also pair them with vanilla ice cream to ease the spice flavor for sensitive tongues.
Mabon Mulled Cider
This spiced drink uses the abundance of apples to make a warm drink perfect for finishing off the Mabon feast. Raise glasses and say thanks for the meal and relax the rest of the evening with the warm drink.
Now that you know some food recipes you can make using the harvest unique to Mabon, you can add some variety to your Mabon celebration. A feast is always better when you can include friends and family members, so be sure to invite them to partake in your hard work. With all the variety you have to offer, everyone will find something they like. You do not necessarily need to make these exact dishes to have a Mabon feast. You can use them, instead, as an inspiration for what you can create and add your twist to it. If you make the recipes yours, it adds an extra touch of magick and joy to the celebration. Be warned, though, with all the good food you make, you and your guests may end up in a food coma at the end of the day. But a food coma is better than a repetitive feast.
This article is from the Mabon issue of Wicca Magazine. Our most recent issue can be found by visiting www.WiccaMagazine.com/subscribe