To me, no season really calls for a certain type of recipe more so than fall. Summer screams for salads and ice-creams, but fall cools down and makes a person want to add something with a different type of flavor and a little more ‘oomph'.
These recipes are comfort foods, especially for the person who, like me, needs just a little bit more comfort in fall.
Great Fall Recipes to Swoon Over
1. Creamy Green Bean Casserole
Sally's Baking Addiction is the place to go when you want to find a good recipe. The girl just knows her stuff. Afterall, you know someone does when they get to stay home and write about their cooking adventures and get paid for it!
This green bean casserole is made from scratch and she notes that it is very easy to make. I trust her. You should too.
Make this. You won't regret it!
2. Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Squash and Cranberries
Here's one where you have to take my word for it. I made this last year at Thanksgiving time with my culinary students. I was running all over the school having teachers try it because it was so amazingly good. Julia from Julia's Album did an outstanding job on this recipe.
I love the fact that she uses maple syrup in the recipe instead of sugar. Interesting titbit about maple syrup v. sugar and honey. The latter two will make your blood sugar spike and crash, maple syrup will not. Please, please, please don't be afraid of Brussell sprouts and give this one a try.
3. Twice Baked Potatoes
I hear from teenagers all the time, “Have you ever had twiced baked potatoes?” I smile and tell them that the teenagers before them made it for my going away party.
One thing I will say is twiced baked potatoes is definately a crowd pleaser. Melanie at Garnish & Glaze made hers beautiful enough to showcase, which I am sure means that everyone is grabbing her food if she ever takes it to a pot luck.
The red really makes it pop while the sour cream, green onions, and cheedar cheese gives it that truly baked potato taste.
4. Make it a Brunch to Remember
These look so delicious! Made by Tieghan over at Half Baked Harvest, they are definately something I would put on my list, say, the Saturday morning after Thanksgiving! One thing about us Texans is we love our brunch.
Mashed potato waffles seem a bit odd but they are very light. It's a nice kind of interesting to get that first taste of crunch followed by the softness of the mashed potatoes. She adds the savoriness of bacon to the sweetness of the cranberries and it is almost a perfect way to start a fall morning.
With a cup of coffee, of course.
5. Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate
If you're not a coffee person, this might be what you need to go with the previous recipe. I mean, hot chocolate with Oreos in it? I may not be much of a sweet coffee girl but this hot chocolate is a great alternative!
Fall seems to be known more and more for Pumpkin Spice hot drinks or even cold drinks but thanks to Jessica over at Sprinkle Some Sugar we now have an idea of something else to make for a warm drink.
Perfect brunch is now ready!
6. Cauliflower Chowder
I love chowder. When I was a young girl, my town had a chowder festival and I would easily gulp down a corn chowder while listening to the music they provided.
This soup reminds me more of a potato soup though, and I feel like this would be a nice substitute if you were looking for something a little less carbohydrate loaded. In case I haven't mentioned it, I love bacon.
If you are looking for a healthy recipe that is gluten free, opt for cornstarch instead of flour to thicken your chowder.
Chungah really shines with her healthier recipe here. Be sure to check out her blog over at Damn Delicious.
7. Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
Yum, yum. I feel like I am at Red Lobster. This is a recipe that will leave your whole family, young and old begging for more. As a matter of fact her children asked if she had brought them home from the restaurant.
What makes it even better is that the recipe can all be made in one bowl. The less dishes to do the better!
If you want to see these on your table during the fall- or any season, really- be sure to head over to Malinda's Countryside Cravings.
8. Apple Fries with Caramel Dip
I know, I know… about time I add some sweetness to this list. Many public schools have gone peanut free and do not allow cupcakes or any unhealthy recipes anymore. This is a great way to bring something sweet to the table without tipping that unhealthy scale.
I like that she uses Granny Smith because the tartness seared in and the sugar/cinnamon coat on top really mix well together.
The three ladies over at Favorite Family recipe really outdid themselves on this one.
9. Pumpkin Pie Snowballs
I had never had a snowball cookie recipe until I was in high school but I thought it was really great and make it frequently at Christmas time for cookie exchanges.
It was pointed out that pumpkin is definitely a great fall treat so combining the two is a double treat. I love when I can combine fall with a holiday favorite because the fall reminds me that my favorite seasons are almost one and the same.
I tip my hat to So Happily Hannah for coming up with this delicious recipe that combines two of our favorite seasons.
10. Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
Alyssa over at The Recipe Critic came up with this great recipe. I know it's great because after watching Julie and Julia for the umpteenth time I decided it was finally time I made one of her recipes. Naturally time did not allow for me to cook it so I opted for the crock pot version.
I combined it with a nice Texas toast, white wine cheddar spread, and of course, a créme bruleé. Healthy, hearty meal that adds a taste of wine, what could be better?
11. Apple Glazed Pork Tenderloins
Keri over at Fashionable Foods came up with this great idea and she makes a good point that it is hard to eat healthy in the fall beause you want the comfort foods. This recipe is so perfect because it keeps it healthy- healthy enough to be a Whole 30 recipe!
Her potatoes don't even have milk in them. Excited to try this recipe. I might even like the carrots.
12. Apple Pie Cake
How cute is this apple pie cake made by Liv at Liv for Cake? I have to tell you it's pretty fun to make too. I made this last week at school and the kids really loved making the center, “Wow! I didn't know how to make apple pie filling, thanks Chef.” Why, you're welcome.
I didn't do the pie crust because I made the cake as a practice for my cake decorating class but I think it is very beautiful and makes the cake look more unique. The flowers are beautiful.
13. Pumpkin Seeds
Let me tell you how delicious pumpkin seeds are. I had them for the first time today and they are so crunchy. Mmmm… better than potato chips any day. The art teacher actually made them and she made several different varieties- spicy, sweet, and barbeque to name a few.
Home Cooking Memories uses Lowery's seasoning to make her pumpkin seeds taking me to another happy place. They really are tasty and did such a great job on theirs so I just had to share.
14. Pear and Proscuitto Triangles
Lindsey over at With Salt and Pepper came up with this delicious recipe that is sure to wow a crowd. I like to have a few recipes that are unique to my friends but something they cannot wait to get their hands on. Cheese and fruit pair well together, add puff pastry to that and drizzle with honey sounds like it is dessert. Or a side. Or the main dish.
Either way, delicious, unique, and sure to bring people around the dining room table.
15. Red Wine Short Ribs
Kate over at Framed Cooks came up with this recipe that really hits the nail on the head with warmth all over. She starts off the post by talking about what really makes fall, well, fall. The first fire in the fireplace, a grey Sunday, and food just like this.
She also points out that this recipe helps her to use the red wine that she is not able to drink. She gets headaches from drinking the red wine alcohol but does not when she cooks with it. I have to agree, it is probably because the taste stays in while most of the alcohol cooks out.
16. Butternut Squash Carbonara
I felt that it was important to add a noodle recipe. Sometimes pasta can be as much of a comfort food as meat and potatoes do. Pop Sugar really knocked us out of the water with this Butternut Squash Carbonara. She notes the importance of noodles in her life, so keeping the basics for this dish on hand is important.
The basics consists of eggs, cheese, pasta, and bacon. You can add ingredients from there. Ingredients such as mushrooms, or in this case, butternut squash. A perfect fall treat.
17. Fall Pizza
Martha Stewart came up with this delicious twist on a classic! Don't hate, the lady has some great recipes and this is one of them. I mean, it's pizza! It's fall!
I love pizza. So much so that we had it for dinner tonight. Pizza really is versatile and these vegetables are a great addition to a ricotta topped crust. Carrots, onions, and some more butternut squash. Fall pizza? Yes please.
18. Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing
I think fall is one of the busiest times of the year and the crock pot sure can save the day. Stephanie over at The Cozy Cook understands this and came up with a recipe that is both tasty and quick. And she gives you a recipe no matter how you like your meal… like softer stuffing? Here's what you do. Need a low sodium option? Check. It's all there.
All of these recipes are winners in my eyes and help make fall that much more comfortable and comforting. No matter if it's a quiet, dreary Sunday or a busy Thursday, one of these recipes will be sure to feed the stomach and the soul.