The autumn equinox is known as witch's Thanksgiving. We've got 55 awesome recipes to celebrate Mabon with all your favorite fall flavors. You'll definitely be grateful for all this food.
What is Mabon?
Mabon usually falls around the 21st of September, but it depends on the timing of the autumnal equinox. It's the second of three harvest festivals, and to me, it's the harvesty of them all. Think cornucopias full of fresh corn, squash, nuts, and grains. Think Oktoberfest and Thanksgiving. Think tables groaning with abundance.
The history of Mabon specifically is a bit sketchy, and it's formalization in the Wheel of the Year may be a more recent practice, but harvest festivals are definitely nothing new. Giving thanks for the crops that would see your family through the winter is definitely not new. And though we may no longer be tied to an agrarian cycle, I would never pass up an opportunity to express gratitude. Or to have a feast.
A Mabon feast is going to be celebrating all those crops your ancestors would have been harvesting. You'll see some carry over from Lammas or Lughnasadh, and some of these will appear again at Samhain. They'll be delicious every time.
I'm always celebrating with bread, and though wheat and grain are most closely associated with Lughnasadh, they're still great recipes to celebrate Mabon. Break bread and give thanks with those you love.
- Cheddar Quick Bread - This is an easy cheesy bread option that is perfect for anyone who doesn't feel confident baking with yeast.
- Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding - Turn stale croissants into something unbelievably delicious. Waste not.
- Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Blackberry Brown Butter Syrup - I'm always in the mood for bringing a little cinnamon magic into my life, and this blackberry syrup is a delicious way to incorporate summer fruits.
- Smoked Cheddar & Sage Biscuits - Sage is also corresponded with Mabon, plus it gives that great cleansing energy.
- Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes - Sweeten your Mabon breakfast with a beautiful gift from nature.
- Whole Wheat Pancakes - Sorry, I really like whole wheat pancakes apparently. These are a grainier version of traditional buttermilk pancakes. Top them with seasonal fruits.
- Potato Bread - We're harvesting lots of root vegetables this season, so let's make some into pillowy soft bread.
- Rustic Rye Bread - Incorporate a different grain into your loaf with this rye recipe.
- Wheaten Biscuits - Take your epic cheese board up a notch with some homemade crackers.
- Basic Bloomer - A classic loaf that's simple and delicious.
- Tear & Share Flower Bread - Form this wheat bread loaf into a flower and carve a gratitude sigil into the top.
- Whole Wheat Guinness Soda Bread - Bread, oats, beer, and all in a hurry without waiting for anything to rise.
- Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding - One more for any leftover bread you may have. Make it awesome.
All grains are celebrated at this time of year. Turns out after wheat, oats are my second favorite. Celebrate abundance with this chewy goodness.
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes - Perfect for the solitary witch, this recipe makes enough for one or two people.
- Homemade Oatcakes - No Celtic cheese board is complete without them. Probably. I don't know. They seem to really love them in Scotland, and they're way better when they're homemade.
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - These cookies are made with maple syrup, and they're absolutely irresistible.
Corn is a symbol of abundance and prosperity, so invite plenty of that into your life for Mabon. And don't forget to give thanks for all you have.
- White Cheddar Polenta Souffle - For the fancy kitchen witch, this is really tasty and actually pretty easy to make.
- Cheddar Habanero Cornbread - Bring a little fire energy to your Mabon table with this spicy cornbread.
- Skillet Cornbread - A traditional Southern recipe made in a cast iron skillet. Iron has extremely powerful magical qualities.
- Chicken Corn Chowder - This pot is absolutely heaving with delicious abundance. Perfect to go with your loaf of bread.
- Bacon & Corn Risotto - I think this recipe is an excellent celebration of sweet summer corn. Use frozen if you need to, but this is a great time to slice fresh corn straight off the cob.
- Mexican Mac & Cheese - Featuring sweet corn and fresh chillies, this mac and cheese features fresh veggies from another part of the world.
- Jalapeno Hush Puppies - Somehow it always feels like a feast when hush puppies are on the table.
- Cheddar Corn Soup - I made this for my Lughnasadh feast, and it was a huge hit.
- Vegan Sweet Corn & Roasted Bell Pepper Soup - For the meatless witches, this soup will summon the sunshine.
- Cornbread-Topped Chilli Mac - Are you a wannabe kitchen witch who's actually not got much cooking experience? This recipe is perfect for you.
Pomegranates are associated with wisdom and protection. Call in their energy to help you listen to your inner voice. As you can tell, I love them in a cocktail.
- Ginger Pomegranate Cocktail - My personal favorite, this drink combines the energy of air and fire.
- Pomegranate Martini - For the sophisticated witch.
- Pomegranate Margarita - Turn your Mabon feast in a real party. Go ahead and make a huge pitcher. Fill your cauldron. It'll be fine.
Pumpkin season has finally arrived. Loaded up with seeds, pumpkins are a major symbol of abundance. They'll keep the good stuff coming throughout the season. Plus, all the spices in pumpkin recipes tend to be associated with prosperity.
- Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake - Straight up super pumpkiny cheesecake action.
- Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake - Add some attracting power with creamy caramel.
- Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake - Another great semi-homemade recipe for the beginner kitchen witch.
- Pumpkin Cake - I would eat this cake every single day if I could.
- Pumpkin Pancakes - Start your day with some prosperity magic.
- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins - Filled with sweet cream cheese, these muffins are a portable feast.
- Pumpkin Butter & Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast - Literally anyone can make this indulgent treat.
- Pumpkin Spice White Russians - Raise a glass in gratitude for the abundance of the seasons.
- Pumpkin Scones - Make these for your coven mates, and they'll love you forever.
- Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes - These would be great to take to a Mabon potluck.
- No-Bake Double Layer Pumpkin Pie - Ideal for the tropical witch who wants fall flavors without turning on the oven.
Squash & Root Vegetables
We're digging up the Earth's bounty and harvesting those bigger vegetables this time of year. I've not included potatoes and sweet potatoes here. We'll get to them soon enough.
- Maple Glazed Carrots - Maple corresponds to the expansive and abundant planet of Jupiter.
- Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells - A totally delicious meatless recipe with a sprinkle of prosperity-drawing nutmeg.
- Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosa - Not that you need an excuse to start drinking early, but this is a pretty awesome one.
- Zuchinni Potato Pancakes - Double Mabon veggie action fried up crisp and delicious.
This is the food I most associate with September, so they had to feature in these recipes to celebrate Mabon. It's also a food closely associated with witches. Each apple contains a hidden pentagram, so you're always protected when eating or drinking apples.
- Apple Butter - For the witch who got a little carried away with the apple picking.
- Cloudy Cider Cup - Add cucumber, lime, and mint to your cup of cider to make it even more magical.
- Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese - Cheese is associated with success and happiness. I know I certainly feel happy while eating it.
- Orange & Amaretto Cider - Fortified with a bit of mead, this drink gives off serious ancient Celtic vibes.
- Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail - This drink is loaded up with all those prosperity spices.
- Apple Brandy Frozen Punch - It's basically an alcoholic apple slushie, so that's pretty awesome.
- Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies - Made with hot apple cider mix, these cookies pack a serious (if artificial) apple flavor.
- Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuits with Apple Butter - Trust me, this is extremely awesome.
- Pork & Apple Hot Pot - Fill your cauldron with slow-cooked pork and apples.
- Green Apple Martini - Gorgeously green and surprisingly potent, this is the perfect libation for your coven gathering.
With all that, I'm sure you've found a few recipes to celebrate Mabon in spectacular fashion. If you make one of these recipes, I’d love to see it. Share your photos on Instagram, and hashtag them #awesomeon20.
And be sure to check my Kitchen Magick page for specific correspondences of various ingredients.
Joyous Mabon, my friends. May you find gratitude in every moment.