Every year I have a Gothic sit-down dinner party for 13 to 16 people. It can be a little nerve-wracking, but I have my trusty slow cookers which make large, multi-course dinners manageable.
For the mash in the spider above I cooked a few purple sweet potatoes in the slow cooker for 8 hours on low. No need for water or foil, just wash them well and poke holes in them and toss in the slow cooker. Mash with some nondairy milk and either some garam masala or some cinnamon with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Last year my vegan gluten-free main course was grit cake ghosts over slimy eyes, otherwise known as black-eyed peas. The easy slow cooker black-eyed pea recipe is below.
The grit cakes are easy as can be. Just spread cooked grits on a sheet pan to cool. They will cut easily with your ghost cookie cutters, but you will need to delicately remove them some so they don’t break. A couple of black sesame seed eyes completely sets the scene.