Fresh Fall Dinner Recipes
Take advantage of the seasonal bounty of squash, beets, and apples with these fall farm-to-table recipes.
Pumpkin-and-Turnip Green Lasagna
Recipe: Pumpkin-and-Turnip Green Lasagna
Use no-boil lasagna noodles (we like Barilla brand), which will soak up moisture from the sauce and pumpkin.
Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Avocado Cream
If you don't have any buttermilk on hand for the avocado cream sauce, substitute plain yogurt and just a little water.
Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken
Recipe: Pear-and-Pumpkin Tart
Need help peeling and cutting your pumpkin? Most supermarket produce sections offer this service for a small fee.
Recipe: Pumpkin-Chocolate Brownies
Let fresh-baked brownies chill, uncovered, overnight. For a perfect slice, cut while they're cold. Serve at room temperature.
Caramel Apple Cake
Root Vegetable Mash
Recipe: Root Vegetable Mash
Whipped, tender root vegetables and creamy roasted garlic elevate the typical mash. Any root will do.
Fall Salad with Beets and Apples
Recipe: Fall Salad with Beets and Apples
Perfectly balanced with different flavors, textures, and colors, this salad is a colorful addition to any fall spread.
Recipe: Sautéed Mushrooms
Any types of mushrooms work well here. Sear them in batches, without crowding, in a hot skillet so that they will take on color without steaming.
Candied Roasted Squash
Recipe: Candied Roasted Squash
A recipe with only three ingredients calls for smart technique and a little bit of finesse. Score the squash flesh to create more surface area for caramelizing.
Apple Bread Pudding
Apple-Pecan Carrot Cake
Caramel Apple Fantans
Recipe: Caramel Apple Fantans
Use any firm cooking apple, such as 'Jonagold' or 'Honeycrisp,' or a combo for extra flavor and texture.
Caramelized Onion-and-Apple Tassies
Be sure to press the cream cheese pastry dough all the way up the sides of the mini muffin cups so the tart shells will be deep enough to hold a generous amount of filling.
Waldorf Cobb Salad
Beef Ribs with Sorghum Glaze
Turkey, Brie, and Apple Panini
Sorghum Caramel Corn
Recipe: Sorghum Caramel Corn
A sticky-sweet coating can make popcorn even more delicious than it always is, and this Sorghum Caramel Corn is the perfect recipe to sink your teeth into. For Halloween happiness, this recipe begins with simple microwave popcorn, then mixes in roasted peanuts, brown sugar, and that classic Southern staple: bacon. After you’ve coated this creative concoction with sorghum syrup flavored with just a little hint of vanilla, bake it in the oven until it is mixed to sugar-glazed perfection. You’ve just taken this already-delicious bacon-caramel corn to the next level. Bag it up for guests to enjoy and you’re ready to go. Happy Halloween.
Lois' Dutch Sorghum Cake
Recipe: Lois' Dutch Sorghum Cake
Olin Hughes' wife, Lois, loved to cook with sorghum. This is one of her favorite recipes, to which we added a coffee glaze.
Creole Shrimp and Sweet Potato Grits
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Mango, avocado, red bell pepper, and sweet potatoes make a colorful presentation in this good-for-you meal.
Roasted Sweet Potato-and-Onion Tart
This mouthwatering tart lets you get a lot of your side dishes in one bite or, if you would prefer, makes a great first course for a Thanksgiving lunch or dinner. Think outside the casserole and make this savory beauty center stage at your next family dinner. Mix sweet potato with the crunch and bite of red onion, and blend it in with the salty flavor of Gruyère cheese. The freshness of flat-leaf parsley, and rosemary, add a wonderful aroma of herbs to this crusty delight. Keep a few slices to enjoy with a light salad the next day and you will be set for a fantastic meal.
Dry-Brined Beer-Can Chicken
Recipe: Dry-Brined Beer-Can Chicken
Grilling is a delicious way to "roast" a whole bird, especially when beer is involved. Use a milder brew if you wish, but skip hoppy IPAs.
Tart Apple-and-Cabbage Toss
Recipe: Tart Apple-and-Cabbage Toss
Sauerkraut meets coleslaw in this vinegar-based salad, while the paper-thin apple slices and finely shredded cabbage add rich autumn color.
Warm Lentil-and-Potato Salad
Recipe: Warm Lentil-and-Potato Salad
French green lentils add flavorful texture. They remain firm after cooking, while traditional brown lentils turn soft. The dressing of bacon vinaigrette, fresh parsley leaves, celery, and shallots pairs well with a robust pale ale.
Black Forest Pound Cake
Grilled Pork Chops with Apple-Bourbon Glaze
These grilled pork chops with a rich apple-bourbon glaze requires only a few ingredients, but packs a big flavorful punch. Make sure you prepare the marinate at least 12 hours in advance – let the chops soak for 24 hours for maximum flavor. The key to success here is to brush the Apple-Bourbon Glaze on the chops during the last few minutes on the grill, turning and brushing often to create a layered, lacquered look. Garnish the chops with grilled halves of small apples brushed with the glaze. Serve with rice and homemade beans for a complete Southern spread, and finish the meal with an apple dessert.
Recipe: Carrot-Apple Soup
The smart technique for this simple soup eliminates the need for sautéing the vegetables, which preserves the bright color and flavor of the carrots and results in a brighter, more refreshing soup. To keep it vegetarian, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth.