Autumn is foodie season, with the weather just right for comfort foods. All of the dishes listed below can be either simplified or substituted to make them more gourmet. Regardless of which version you wish to make, fall just wouldn’t be the same without these dishes:
1. Sweet Potato Casserole
When I was a kid, I was never sure if this was a side dish or a dessert. Either way, it was the first type of food on my plate at Thanksgiving dinner. Sweet potato casserole takes a little time to make, about 30 minutes of prep regardless of the recipe, but it’s actually surprisingly easy to do. The hardest part is choosing the topping. Some people top it with pecans and others with marshmallows, though whichever topping you choose, it will bring the entire dish together.
An oldie but a goodie, the season just wouldn’t be the same without it. You can cook it on the stove or you can dump all of the ingredients into a crockpot for the day. Chili cooks for hours, which helps make the flavors really stand out and meld together in the pot. On chili night, you can set out shredded cheese, sour cream, and crackers for family or guests to choose from. Some enjoy corn bread with chili, and if you’re having a get together, it always help to make sure there’s more food. Make sure to have plenty of napkins ready, as chili can be a very messy dish!
3. Pumpkin Pie
Whats more fall than Thanksgiving, and whats more Thanksgiving than pumpkin pie? Pumpkin pie can be store bought, completely homemade, or half way homemade. My favorite is partially homemade, when I buy the pie crust already in the disposable pan and use canned pumpkin to make the pie filling. Pumpkin pie is one of those desserts you can eat anytime, though I often eat a slice in the evening with coffee in front of the latest feel good movie, wrapped up in a warm blanket.
4. Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is not only delicious, it’s also healthy. With lean chicken and hearty vegetables, it’s a meal that will keep you full for hours. The flaky crust is my favorite part, and the slight crunch goes so well with the thick filling inside of the pot pie. If you have the time, it’s wonderful when made from scratch, but if you’re too busy for that, even the store bought versions are a great fall dinner choice.
Many wouldn’t consider s’mores a dish, but what list of fall favorites would be complete without it? S’mores are simple, easy, and fast. With only three ingredients, you’re only a quick trip to the grocery store away from the crunchy, gooey, delicious mess that’s s’mores. Perfect around a bonfire, it’s a low key fall get together staple. Besides, who doesn’t have great memories involving s’mores?
Almost everyone has at least one item on this list every autumn, and for good reason. They’re classics, and they’re outstanding dishes for one or for twenty, making them the perfect addition to your every day family meal, or to your big family gathering for the fall holiday.