It all started with a couple of bottles of Casillero del Diablo wine; the name translating to "the devil's cellar" in honor of the legend behind the wine. I thought creating a Devilishly Fun Halloween Party would be a blast! Plus, adults are easy. A little ambiance, a fun playlist, a few beverages, and some tasty food is all we need.
Since this dish comes together so quickly and with so few ingredients, it can sometimes be boring or bland. Obviously I didn't want that. So I turned to America's Test Kitchen for some tips on how to avoid a dish that was just "blah". There were two things that I really loved about their method. First, they use both dried red chile flakes and pepperoncini to add heat to their sauce. Some of the pepperoncini brine also goes in and helps to add a brighter note to the final product.
Should I say it? Of course, I should—this dish was DEVILISHLY delicious. But don't save it for Halloween parties, it would be a welcome addition to your table any day of the year (Feast of the Seven Fishes comes to mind!). My favorite way to eat it is simply as-is with some crusty bread for mopping up the flavorful juices at the bottom of the bowl. But it’s also tasty served over your favorite pasta. If you serve it this way, scoop some of the pasta cooking water into the sauce before you drain it—this helps the sauce and the pasta become one cohesive dish.