Put away your swim gear, shorts and pool toys, fall is officially here! That means we’ll be staying warm in the kitchen for those small dinner gatherings with friends and family. This is your time to shine with some heartier recipes to prepare before winter rolls around. Use some fresh seasonal ingredients like apples, walnuts, squash, potatoes, and, of course, pumpkin. Get ready for some longer cooking times in the kitchen as well. Every year, we try to piece together the perfect meal for this time of the year, so here are some of our favorite fall recipes for a cozy dinner gathering.
French Onion Soup is a classic starter for any cool or cold weather meal. Our recipe is succulent and full of bubbling melted cheese and caramelized onions. The beef stock makes it robust, and the baguette slices perfectly balance the flavors. Our version doesn’t part from the original classic French soup, so don’t worry about upsetting the purist at your table. It’s a great way to kick off a dinner gathering.
This starter screams elegance and perfectly melds sweet and buttery flavors with a meaty texture. Each bite into the sugar caramelized squash instantly reminds you that it’s fall, and the foie gras elevates the dish with finesse and luxury. It just fits right in the season. This dish is a great start to a hearty meal or could even be used as a main course. Note: Keep a close eye on the foie gras when in the pan. Two minutes on each side will provide the perfect sear.
There are a lot of casserole recipes out there that weigh down the dish and neutralize flavor with heavy cream. Not ours! Jazz up your main course with flavors as vibrant as the colors of the leaves outside. This take on French Chicken Casserole utilizes sweet rose, orange slices, bacon, and olives to blend the dish together with sweet, smoky, and savory flavors. The colors alone make it Insta-worthy!
Peas and carrots. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Pork and apples. Some things just go together. Our apple cider pork chops represent a perfect culinary marriage. They’re the ideal choice for a main course in Autumn. Each Berkshire chop is perfectly marbled, and the flavors blend masterfully with the sweet and subtle alcohol notes in the hard apple cider. This is the dish your friends will remember weeks later during the holiday season.
“As American as Apple Pie!” That’s what they say about apple pie in the USA, and this recipe takes the classic American dessert to the next level. How? One word: Crumble. This dessert is complete with a buttery crust, crisp apples, and a memorable, mouthwatering crumble. The pie has a subtle tanginess from the apple cider vinegar that gives it just enough bite to do the trick. Pair each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to finish this classic dessert.
Dinner is over, and it’s time for a little coffee and tea. Pair your last course with a foolproof biscotti recipe that will turn a usually bland finish into something memorable. This recipe is simple and easy and has plenty of crunch with the biscotti. Also, this is the perfect time of year for anything with walnuts as the prime time for harvest is between September and October. Be sure to order some from our site and be ready for plenty of compliments on this chocolate biscotti.