Yes, it currently feels like July in Southern New Jersey. It’s a little frustrating having to get the next size up for Baby Blue in summer gear because he’s busting out of his…summer clothes. However, one thing is for sure~ In just a few weeks, the weather will be getting cooler, and the days shorter. Aside from all the perks of Fall weather (including dressing Blue in denim overalls, plaid shirts, socks and shoes), I’m looking forward to cooking hearty, comfort foods, in an oven. Today, I’m sharing my favorite fall recipes, that I’ll hopefully be making sooner, than later!
My Favorite Fall Recipes
So, what makes a recipe qualify for a Fall Favorite? This may be somewhat subjective, but I feel the main ingredients should include pumpkin, squash, apples, and/or root vegetables (since summer produce is losing momentum). There may be seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sage, rosemary, and saffron. Last but not least, foods that are generally cooked in an oven (not on the grill) are appropriate for fall. (Obviously desserts and cocktails do not need this to qualify.)
It wasn’t easy, but I narrowed down a bunch of recipes that I love to make, in the fall. Then, from there, I selected my top ten favorites. I tried to include at least one favorite recipe for each dinner course. From cocktail and soup to the main dish and dessert.
So, here we go…
1.) Butternut Squash Soup
The first time I fell in love with this butternut squash soup was at a restaurant in Margate, New Jersey. Their butternut squash soup was delicious. So rich and creamy. I could have made it my main course. It had homemade croutons on top to make it more hearty. I went home that day and started my frantic search to recreate that soup. I tried a few recipes and tweaked them, and I have actually written my own.
It’s quick and easy to make. And, super yummy! All I need is for these warm temperatures to drop before I make it. Check it out, here.
2.) Butternut Squash Ravioli
Stay tuned, because I’ll be doing a demo on butternut squash ravioli on my Insta-Stories!! I’ll be following Chef John’s recipe, which is super easy. Using wonton wrappers! Aside from the obvious (the butternut squash) sage, butter, and Pecorino Reggiano are a must. I suggest either serving these as an appetizer for a meal. OR, if it’s the main course, just pair with a light salad.
3.) Chicken & Stuffing
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s just wrong to only serve stuffing on Thanksgiving. I do prefer roasted chicken over turkey. I cannot wait to make a stuffed chicken. I recently heard that the crock pot version is pretty darn tasty. (If you’re trying to conserve time.) Otherwise, I’m sorry. Nothing beats traditional stuffing. Made with the stuffing cubes! Anyway, I’ll be showing that version, as well, on my Insta Stories, soon. Are you following me yet, on Instagram!?
4.) Fall-apart Pot Roast
Another recipe I need to write. But for now, Ree Drummond makes a pot roast, pretty much, the same way I do it! I definitely recommend using a chuck roast! It falls apart so nicely! (Get it? FALL apart?) Ok, tell me this does not look scrumptious and perfect for a blustery fall day? And, yes. I cook this throughout the winter and spring, too. It’s that good!
5.) Beef Stew
This is similar to a pot roast in that you’re using so many of the same ingredients. But, the stew has a delicious broth that is perfect for when those temperatures drop! I also love dipping bread and butter into stew broth. Of course, you can make it as thick or as broth-y as you like! Here is my favorite recipe. (It’s my own. : )
6.) Roasted Root Vegetable Medley
Ok, so this is Ina Garten’s “Roasted Winter Vegetable” recipe. But, there is no way I can wait until winter. This is one of my favorite vegetable medleys! So, so good!
After summer, I think we’re all ready to throw our zucchinis and tomatoes out the window! I love the earthy flavor of these root vegetables. The roasting makes them so sweet and a little crisp. And, hello roasted parsnips! Where have you been all my life?
7.) Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage
I made this risotto a few years ago, when Scott’s parents were staying with us. (They were waiting to move into their new home and had a time lapse after selling their house.) I felt somewhat spoiled because my mother-in-law is such a great cook and made dinner most nights! (She has the greatest collection of recipes.) Anyway, I wanted to make something for her that she would like. I mentioned this to her, and she was excited to try it. It turned out great! So, here is the recipe. Perfect for a warm, cozy night at home. : )
8.) Homemade Apple Crisp
I just made this, tonight! Holy cow. It was DELISH!
I followed this recipe. (But, I cut it in half and used a 9″x9″ pan.) I also used steel cut oats in lieu of traditional oats. But, the key is to use the “quick” version. Either type of “oats” work fine. Also, I really like the crisp part. So, next time, I may double that part!! LOL
9.) Pumpkin Cheesecake
My neighbor introduced me to this little slice of heaven. (Even though my slice of this pie is far from “little”.) It’s the perfect collision of pumpkin pie and cheesecake. She brought it over to our house, last year. Scott and I wrestled for the last piece, the next day. (I know. We have problems. LOL) Anyway, she gave me the recipe, and I made it for Thanksgiving, last year. It was a big hit! One thing I definitely recommend is to make your own graham cracker crust! That’s what she did and it was thicker and so much better than store bought. (Just add melted butter to crushed graham crackers!) Aside from that, this pumpkin cheesecake recipe is perfection!
10.) Pumpkin Martini
Some of you may recall my latest “holiday” obsession. These pumpkin martinis! They are now a staple of my Thanksgiving dinner. (I serve them with the appetizers.) My friend, Tommy, introduced these to me and Scott, a few years ago, when he was visiting us at The House on High Street. He left us the two main ingredients: Captain Morgan Jack-O-Blast Rum & Rumchata. This martini has such a delicious pumpkin flavor that is smooth and sweet. It is perfect for Fall! Here is his Pumpkin Martini Recipe, that he graciously shared with LE Woman.
Well, there you have it. My top ten, Favorite Fall Recipes. I’d love to know what your favorite fall recipes are. Share, below!