The summer heat sometimes feels like it’s never going to end. But before you know it, the constant hum of air conditioning has given way to cool, crisp nights. And you know what that means: Time to break out the fall sweaters and break in the autumn flavors.
Looking for fresh new ways to work up your favorite flavors of the season? Read on for out top 10 list of new autumn recipes we can’t wait to try.
1. Texas beef brisket chili
Bon Appetit is having a love affair with butternut squash. Unabashedly, we might add (they admit they have “been waiting for butternut since March!”). They have 24 different recipes using the fall staple, but we’re suckers for brisket. And chili. And Texas, for that matter. So we’ll be trying the Texas beef brisket chili (featuring a hearty helping of butternut squash, of course).
2. Fiorentini pasta with butternut squash
Also on the docket is their rich, hearty fiorentini pasta that mixes together so many prime fall flavors in one amazing looking dish. The butter, the sage, the squash…oh, we’re so sold.
3. Pumpkin waffles
Yes, please! Pumpkin waffles recipe, from Oprah’s 9 Seasonal Fall Recipes to Savor, is not just a tasty way to welcome autumn flavors to your breakfast ritual, but also take it in a healthier direction. These “delicious, healthy-carb pumpkin waffles…with fruit, nuts, and high-protein Greek yogurt” sound like a winner.
4. Seared sea scallops
Oprah is also a member of the butternut squash fan club (spiced butternut squash and apple soup, risotto with butternut squash gorgonzola and toasted pecans). But it’s her creative recipe to take seared sea scallops into winter with a spicy clementine sauce that we’ve got dibs on. And we’ll be sure to serve the scallops alongside some crusty bread to sop up every last bit of that delicious-sounding sauce.
5. Caramel Apple Pie
Autumn is the time for apples. And apples and caramel are perfection together. Saveur clearly knows this, and their caramel apple pie with tart apples and melted caramel candies has us rushing for the door. We might even skip dinner and dig right into the pie, if it weren’t for their…
6. Coq Au Vin
Coq au vin. Sounds fancy (and it’s French, so what doesn’t, really?), but it’s actually simple to make and makes an impressive presentation, says Saveur. Something you can whip up for family and company and look like a superstar while doing it always tops our list. And the braised chicken, rich wine flavor, and pearl onion-button mushroom mixture is one of our favorites. Vive le easy, elegant chicken dish!
7. Wild Mushroom and Blue Cheese Crostini
Another great option for entertaining, especially as the holidays near, is this wild mushroom and blue cheese crostini. House Beautiful calls it “both easy to make and delicious,” and those are a few of our favorite words. Frankly, so are “wild mushroom” and “blue cheese,” so we might just be making this rich, warm, and tasty autumn meal for two, even though it serves six. Don’t expect leftovers.
8. Spinach and Cheddar Souffle
For those times when you’re feeling really brave, break out your inner Julia Child, or, in this case, your inner Barefoot Contessa, and make Ina’s spinach and cheddar souffle. If you can pull off the perfect souffle without it falling, you’re a better chef than moi, and if you don’t sit at the kitchen counter and dig in with a spoon the moment it comes out of the oven, you have better manners too.
9. Apple cider cocktail
It wouldn’t be a very good list without a quality beverage, so behold the best homemade apple cider cocktail ever,” according to Buzzfeed’s 31 Delicious Things to Cook in October. This Sugar and Charm concoction is described as “incredible” but also a fun experience to make that fills the house with fall aromas during the cooking process. Even better? This drink can be served up as is, or be converted to an adult version by adding vodka (their recommended choice is “ BelleWood Vodka, a handcrafted vodka made from… are you ready? Apples.”
10. Halloween Bark
And, finally, Halloween bark. For this festive and super-easy fall candy from Buzzfeed, gather together graham crackers, almond bark, pretzels, pistachios, Oreos, autumn-hued Reese’s Pieces and a partridge and a pear tree–wait, wrong holiday. Bark does easily transform from holiday to holiday, so as fall turns to winter, swap out the Reese’s Pieces for candy canes. Now you have a great gift for friends, coworkers, neighbors, and teachers. If you can keep your family from devouring the entire thing themselves.
Which new autumn recipe are you dying to try?