Harvest of Happy: Favorite Fall Recipes

by Celia Cooksey

Starting with a sure favorite, no fall recipe collection could be worth its salt without mentioning the classic pumpkin pie. This iconic dessert is a staple at Thanksgiving dinner tables, but remember to enjoy it throughout the entire fall season if it sparks joy at your table. A flaky pastry crust filled with a smooth and creamy pumpkin custard spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves is a timeless treat that so many look forward to as the sun moves past its autumnal waypoints. Add some roasted pecans or walnuts for an extra layer of crunch and nuttiness

Another classic fall recipe that never fails to impress is a hearty butternut squash soup. This comforting dish is not only easy to make, but it also incorporates the flavors of the season perfectly. Roasted butternut squash, onions, carrots, and garlic simmered in vegetable broth create a velvety smooth and savory soup that is guaranteed to warm you up on a chilly day. Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg gives it fall flavor, but adding in ginger also will enhance this soup’s flavors, and garnishing with a sprinkle of roasted pumpkin seeds adds an extra crunch. For a twist, consider adding a splash of coconut milk to give it a creamy, tropical touch.

If you’re in the mood for a savory dish, consider making grilled root vegetables. This simple yet flavorful recipe brings out the natural sweetness of autumn vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes and pairs — and cooks — wonderfully with a meat on the grill. Toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper and grill these vegetables until caramelized and tender, giving you a colorful medley of flavors and textures that makes for the perfect side dish — or even a vegetarian main course, of course. If you’re a fan of spicy foods, consider adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or paprika to give them a kick. The smoky flavors from the grill combined with the spiciness will create a tantalizing taste experience for family or guests..

Another delicious fall recipe worth trying is apple cider donuts. These treats are a favorite among many during this time of year. The dough is made with apple cider, making the donuts moist, flavorful, and full of autumn goodness. After frying them to golden perfection, a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar adds that perfect finishing touch. Whether enjoyed as a breakfast treat or as a dessert, apple cider donuts are sure to please everyone’s taste buds. For a unique twist, add a drizzle of caramel or a dollop of homemade apple butter on top. The additional sweetness and gooey texture will take these already delicious treats to the next level.

For those wanting to please a sweet tooth, pumpkin bread is a must-try: made with pumpkin puree, warm spices, and often a touch of molasses, this moist and fragrant bread is one of the true fall delights. Its versatility is a strength also: consider adding a handful of chocolate chips or a swirl of cream cheese filling for an indulgent twist. Or, for a healthier option, swap out some of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and add a sprinkle of chia seeds or flaxseeds for added nutrition. Enjoy a slice for breakfast or with afternoon tea, and savor the memories and flavors of the season with every bite.

As the leaves start to change color and the temperature begins to drop, it is the perfect time to indulge in these delicious fall recipes. This time of year brings with it a bountiful harvest of seasonal fruits and vegetables, making it the ideal opportunity to try out new dishes and flavors.

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