As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin their glorious transition from vibrant green to hues of gold, amber, and ruby, we can’t help but feel the exhilaration of embracing a new season – Fall! It’s a season that not only brings a change in the landscape but also introduces changes to the way we feast too. Gone are the light, refreshing salads of summer, and here are the warm comforting dishes of Fall.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best dishes to celebrate the start of fall this year:
1. The Quintessential Pumpkin Pie
When the Fall season comes along, there is nothing like a homemade pumpkin pie recipe to make you feel really at home. Its combination of rich, dreamy filling with a rich blend of warming spices,m including cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, make it feel like you are being hugged by your favorite grandma from the outside in, which is much nicer than it sounds
2. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Roasted butternut squash soup is another Fall dish that is basically like a hug, but this time in a liquid form. It’s vibrant, sweet (thanks to the squash), and just a little bit spicy. It has a unique flavor profile that is perfect for those crisp, cool evenings of Fall.
3. Apple Cider Brined Turkey
With the holiday season fast approaching, your mind might naturally be turning to turkey, and if that is the case, you are going to want to try out apple cider-brined turkey. It’s juicy, and tender, and the fresh apples it is garnished with scream Halloween and fall, which is why it is such a good dish to serve up at a big family meal like Thanksgiving.
4. Cranberry Walnut Salad
Cranberries are traditionally eaten in the colder months as a perfect companion for white meats like turkey and chicken, but they can also be great in a salad too. Cranberry and walnut salads, in fact, is a delicious dish that combine the sweet tartness of cranberries with the freshness of greens and the earthiness of nuts for a complex, Fall lunch you will fall in love with.
5. Maple Glazed Carrots
Maple glazed carrots are as sweet as candy in Halloween, only much healthier, so naturally, they should be a big part of your fall dinners. Earthy, caramelized, and sweet, they are the perfect side dish for pot roasts, meat loaf, and mashed potatoes, and just about anything else you can think of.
6. Pecan-Stuffed Mushrooms
For a delightful appetizer that screams Fall, try earthy, nutty, pecan-stuffed mushrooms. The richness of the pecans paired with the earthy mushrooms creates a taste sensation that is both hearty and satisfying, setting the tone for the delightful meal to follow.
7. Savory Pumpkin Pasta
If sweet pumpkin pie is not your thing, you might like this savory pumpkin dish instead. Infused with sage and a sprinkle of Parmesan, this dish offers a comforting and indulgent experience, making it a perfect choice for those chilly Fall evenings. It’s so creamy you’ll die.
Here’s to a hearty Fall menu!