Fall is one of the best times of the year for home cooking. There’s nothing quite like the smell of a homemade pie baking, or enjoying a bowl of piping hot soup on a chilly October evening. Even if you’re not much of a chef, you can still learn to cook some delicious homespun meals. Western Union (WU) found some mouthwatering recipes for 5 festive dishes to make during Fall that will have your friends and family asking for seconds.
Sweet Cherry Tomato and Sausage Bake
This wonderful sausage bake is fast and easy to make, yet looks gourmet enough to grace the menu of your favorite neighborhood bistro. The bold combination of the tomato sauce and herbs bring out the flavor in the sausage, and the recipe allows for enough leftovers to chop into a salad or plate of pasta the next day.
Butternut Squash Risotto
Sound fancy? It is, but it’s still easy to make with this step-by-step recipe. Butternut squash should be easy to find this time of year, and risotto is a delicious, hearty rice dish that will please just about everybody. By making sure that you use 100% gluten-free Arborio rice, this dish can be enjoyed if you have food allergies as well. The bright orange squash really stands out against the creamy risotto, making this dish look as festive and fantastic as it tastes.
Pumpkin couldn’t be more popular in the Fall, as it’s cooked into everything from pie to ravioli to lattes. For a welcome twist on typical pumpkin dishes, try this creamy roasted pumpkin soup recipe. This delicious recipe is easily made with simple, basic pantry ingredients, and has variations to make it both dairy-free and vegan. It can be made with fresh pumpkin, or if you’re time-strapped, canned pumpkin as well.
Apple-Pecan Pork Chops
This unique pork chop recipe will surely be the talk of your next dinner party. The tart sliced apple, along with brown sugar and butter, create the perfect sweet contrast to the savory pork loin, and the pecans add a nutty flavor that is definitively Fall. Best of all, this recipe can be made in twenty minutes, yet looks like you spent all afternoon on it.
Speaking of pecans, nothing welcomes in the holidays like warm, homemade pecan pie! This Paleo pecan pie recipe replaces the usual corn syrup with healthier, more natural alternatives so that you can indulge in a better way, without sacrificing taste. Don’t forget to top your slice with homemade whipped cream, which can be easily made in just a few minutes. Substitute honey instead of granulated or powdered sugar for a more natural sweetener.
What are your favorite traditional Fall recipes? Tell us in the comments!