Recipes That You Will Fall For

When the trees begin to turn those beautiful autumn colors and their leaves begin to fall, blanketing our landscapes with warm tones and crispy leaves, it is a tell-tale sign that autumn has arrived.

Along with the season’s weather changes, there is also a shift in our menus and what we crave. Autumn’s cozy comfort foods truly make up one of the best menus of the four seasons with fall fruits and vegetables offering a wide range of flavors and textures. Apples, figs, pears, pomegranates, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and winter squash are all abundant and ripe for our delicious fall menus.

Here are a few of our favorite fall recipes, which will be sure to open up the spirit of fall in your home.

Butternut Squash Lasagna 

For the Filling:
2 large butternut squashes (about 2 pounds each), halved lengthwise and seeded
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 1/4 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 8 ounces), plus more if needed
1/2 cup finely crushed amaretti cookies, plus more if needed
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh sage, plus more if needed
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more if needed

For the Bechamel:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 cups whole milk
Coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Full recipe and instructions

Savory Fall Stew

2 tablespoons olive oil
12 ounces hot Italian sausage, cut into small chunks
12 cipollini onions (pearl onions can be substituted), peeled
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
3 cups homemade or low-sodium chicken stock, skimmed of fat
One 1/2-ounce bundle of fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, or oregano
One 2 1/2-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 2-inch-long sticks
1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
12 brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Full recipe and instructions

Pomegranate and Pear Salad

8 cups baby spinach or romaine lettuce
1 ripe pear, cut in half
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
2 ounces Gorgonzola
Champagne vinaigrette, recipe follows
Fresh cracked pepper
1 tablespoon honey

Full recipe and directions

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese 

2 cups dried elbow macaroni (8 ounces)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup whipping cream
1 cup whole milk
4 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded (1 cup)
1 15 ounce can pumpkin
1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage or 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf sage, crushed
1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sage leaves (optional)

Full recipe and instructions

Savory Baked Apples

2/3 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup uncooked brown rice
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup apple cider
4 large Rome apples, cored
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
1 (4-ounce) link sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/3 cup finely chopped carrot
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
3 tablespoons minced green onions
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Full Recipe and Instructions

Gingerbread Pancakes

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup mild-flavored molasses
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Butter (optional)
Pure maple syrup
1 medium Gala, Fuji or Golden Delicious apple, cored and sliced crosswise into paper-thin slices

Full recipe and directions

By |2018-11-15T12:42:39-07:00October 6, 2014|

About the Author:

Gina Uriarte is an avid traveler and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, sporting events and live music. Gina has been in the marketing field for the real estate industry since 2005 and most enjoys the creative side of her craft. When not working or planning her next trip, Gina can be found sharing her musings on music, design and sports 140 characters at a time over on Twitter. Feel free to tweet her, as she is quick to respond.

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