Pirate Party Menu and Recipes

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These make a great appetizer any time. Don't wait for a pirate party!
Caribbean Meat Balls
Jolly Roger of Rack Rachham

Pirate Party – It’s a Pirate Party! This is a fun menu to make for your own pirate party, whether for kids, or adults who are celebrating International Talk like a Pirate Day. Of course, you can use these recipes at any time of the year.

Pirate Party Menu and Recipes

When my son turned 8 years old in 2011, he decided he wanted a pirate themed party. I did some research and we had a party to remember. Now, most of these dishes are used for Talk Like a Pirate Day. Why not make a celebration and celebrate and odd holiday? It’s fun for everyone. Please understand I am not condoning real piracy, in the past, present or future, just the Pirates of the Caribean!

Pirate Trivia

Did you know that Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride was based on the real pirate, Bartholomew Roberts?

From Wikipedia: “Bartholomew Roberts (17 May 1682 – 10 February 1722), born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate and the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy (measured by vessels captured),[1] taking over 400 prizes in his career.[2] Roberts raided ships off the Americas and the West African coast between 1719 and 1722; he is also noted for creating his own Pirate Code, and adopting an early variant of the Skull and Crossbones flag.

Roberts’ infamy and success saw him become known as The Great Pyrate[3] and eventually as Black Bart (Welsh: Barti Ddu),[4] and made him a popular subject for writers of both fiction and non-fiction. To this day, Roberts continues to feature in novels, films, and video games, as well as inspire fictional characters (such as the Dread Pirate Roberts).”

Pirate Speak

  • bilge rat – an insult referring to a rat that lives in the worst place on the ship – the bilge.
  • landlubber – a person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing.
  • avast – stop; cease and pay attention.
  • shiver me timbers – expresses shock, surprise or annoyance.
  • ahoy – hello.
  • aye – yes.

Ye Ol’ Dead Man’s Fingers

These Dead Men’s Fingers are a hit every time I make them. Sometimes, if I’m not careful, I don’t even get one because they get gobbled up so quickly.

Y’ar! Me Pirate Balls Have the Blood Sauce

Caribbean Meat Balls

These make a great appetizer any time. Don’t wait for a pirate party!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings (slide to adjust): 6 servings
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Carribean
Calories per serving: 289kcal



  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes, dried
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, dried
  • 1 tablespoon red onions, dried
  • ½ teaspoon Chipotle powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, Saigon (preferred)
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs, plain
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup ketchup


  • 1 jar pineapple preserves
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • ½ cup mango, juice
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


Meat Balls

  • 1 lb ground pork, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon parsley flakes, 1 tablespoon cilantro, 1 tablespoon red onions, 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle powder, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1 egg, 1/4 cup ketchup
    Mix everything together. You may have to add more ketchup if it is too dry and will not easily form a ball.
  • Have ready a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 300 °F. Have ready an instant-read thermometer. Also, have ready a small frying pan and a little oil.
  • Heat the pan and put in a little oil. Put a small amount, about a half a teaspoon of the mixture into the pan and cook it. Taste it and see if you need to adjust the seasonings. When you are satisfied with the taste, continue.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out some of the mixture and form it into a ball. Put the ball on the prepared sheet pan. Continue doing this until all the mixture has been made into balls.
  • Put the balls into the oven and cook until they have reached an internal temperature of 145. They should be slightly brown.
  • Let them cool and store until ready to use, either in the refrigerator or the freezer.
  • Balls out of the oven[/cap]


  • 1 jar pineapple preserves, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 1/2 cup mango
    Combine all the ingredients together in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the meatballs and gently stir and let them heat up.
  • Keep them in a warming tray or chafing dish for serving.


If you have allspice, you can add about a teaspoon of that as well. Ketchup’s main flavoring is allspice, which is also the main flavoring for jerk seasoning as well.


Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 16gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 396mgPotassium: 374mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 409IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2mg
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

Y’ar! Pass me Some Grog!

Pirates were famous for having their grog. If you are going to have an adult party, you can add rum to this punch.


If you are serving this to adults, by all means, use the best rum you can find.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings (slide to adjust): 6 servings
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Carribean
Calories per serving: 21kcal


  • 1 can frozen fruit punch
  • 1 liter club soda
  • 1 teaspoon rum flavoring
  • 2 drop red food coloring
  • ice
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients and stir well. Serve immediately.


You can make this ahead and refrigerate it, but omit the ice. Add the ice at serving time, or in an ice bucket.
For an adult treat, add a cup of good rum to the mixture.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 21kcalCarbohydrates: 5gSodium: 42mgPotassium: 14mgSugar: 5g
Got Questions? Let me know!Mention @arbpen or tag #arbpen!

More Pirate Themed Food

Skull Cheese Ball
Ahoy, mateys! Grab your cutlasses and a bite of Skull Cheeseball. Avast, ye landlubbers, for this treasure, your crew will say "Arrr!"
Shiver me timbers!
Cucumber Boats
These are great any time snacks and look lovely on an appetizer table.
Cucumber boats
Fruit Ships
These fruit boats are easy to make, healthy and pleasing to the eye.
Aye! Aye!
Jolly Roger Flag Cake
This is actually an amazing cake. It is very rich, so it will feed a lot of people.
Aye Cap’ain!
Jolly Roger Black Cake
Cannon Balls
Serve these cannonballs with your Jolly Roger cake or by themselves
Fire in the Hole!
Cannon Ball Rum Balls
Dead Parrot Wings
They're spicy chicken wings!

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