It’s no secret around here that I’m a total autumn gal. Give me cooler temps, apple picking and an excuse to snuggle up in big blanket scarves and cozy cardigans. I want the AC turned off, the pleasure of not quite needing the heat on, and the promise of chilly morning runs.
Now that we’re past Labor Day, I feel it’s within my rights to hawk ALL my favorite fall recipes. I’ll restrain myself from diving right into winter holidays, but just know… that’s gonna happen the day after Thanksgiving. It’s my holiday kick off ritual.
Thanksgiving Day: Family, togetherness, thankfulness, lots of comfort food.
Day after Thanksgiving Day: Christmas movies, putting up decorations and the tree, and making my inaugural batch of cranberry bliss bars.
But I digress. Today’s post is to give you all my favorite fall recipes so you can join me in autumnal food bliss.
1. Cranberry Apple Sangria
Get the recipe here and fill ‘er up!
2. Fall Cider Sangria
How gorgeous would this look on your table? Get the recipe here.
3. Apple Cinnamon Whiskey Smash
I can tell you from personal experience that this drink is LEGIT. Get the recipe and make this immediately.
4. Plum and Thyme Prosecco Smash
How gorgeous is this drink? Make it now. No, seriously, right now.
5. Apple Pie Moscow Mule
It’s apple pie in a glass, how can you say no? If alcohol isn’t your thing, all you have to do is leave out the vodka for the perfect fall mocktail.
Appetizers & Side Dishes
1. Minestrone Cannellini Beans Pesto
I feel warm and cozy already. Get this recipe here.
2. Bacon Wrapped Kielbasa
I don’t wanna brag, but these things are a guaranteed hit. However many you think you need for the party, triple it. Get the recipe here.
3. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
We’ll call it a side dish, but I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to treat this as dessert instead. Get the recipe here.
4. Pureed Parsnips
I could eat these all day, every day. Get the recipe.
5. Roasted Delicata Squash and Brussels Sprouts
It’s colorful and it’s delicious. No one is going to object to eating their veggies with this on their plates.
6. Parmesan Roasted Acorn Squash
You really just can’t go wrong with roasted squash. Get the recipe.
7. Cornbread and Bacon Stuffing
If anyone tries to tell you stuffing is just for the holidays, you can kindly tell them where to stuff it. Get the recipe.
1. Chili for a crowd
…or for me on a Tuesday when I’m really hungry. Get Tara’s recipe here.
2. Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Salsa
That apple salsa is calling my name! Get the recipe here.
3. Cranberry Walnut Chicken Thighs
Thought cranberries were just for Thanksgiving and Christmas? New England cranberry bogs beg to differ, as does Lauren. Get the recipe here.
4. Baked Mac and Cheese
Why yes, I do have mac and cheese listed as an entree and not a side. COME AT ME, BRO.
5. Skillet Pot Pie
Let’s be honest… cold weather needs a good pot pie. Get Sally’s recipe here.
6. Bratwurst and Red Cabbage
If the color alone isn’t convincing, the aroma while it’s cooking will. Use your favorite local brew to flavor the bratwurst and you’re off to the races. Get the recipe here.
1. Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
Ugh, I’m already drooling. Get the recipe.
2. Brown Butter Pumpkin Cake Bites with Maple Glaze & Candied Pecans
Okay, these are freaking adorable. Make a batch and I dare you to not eat them all.
3. Pumpkin Buttercream Cake
I think the word you’re looking for is RIDICULOUS. Get the recipe for this gorgeous cake here.
4. Paleo Carrot Cake
1) It doesn’t have to be paleo, but can easily be made so. 2) You’re welcome.
5. Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
It’s salted caramel and apple pie. Are you really going to say no?
6. Candy Apples
I won’t judge you for hiding them from the kids. Get the recipe.
7. Paleo Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Bars
These are literally award winning, and pumpkin and Nutella is a total winning combination.
8. Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles
If you’re the type that can’t get enough pumpkin spice, trade in your next latte for these cookies.
9. Paleo Apple Galette with Maple Drizzle
A fan favorite, and SO. EASY. Get the recipe.
10. Soft Maple Sugar Cookies
Maple is a staple in New England, but it really shines in the fall – especially in these cookies.
11. Chocolate Beet Cake
That’s right, beets in your dessert. And it’s absolutely divine.