You may already have your pumpkins carved and candles lit, but nothing truly makes a home feel like fall without the harvest season foods we know and love: apples, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and — of course — pumpkin. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fall recipes that celebrate autumnal flavors, so get ready to dig into these hearty, warming meals as you bring the tastes of fall into your home.
Sweet Potato Pancakes for Breakfast
Get your day started off right with a flavorful combination of sweet, savory, and spicy. Sweet potato pancakes are part pancake, part hash brown, and all delicious. Your home will smell absolutely scrumptious with the pancakes’ tart blend of sweet potatoes, apples, and onions. Top with cinnamon and brown sugar cream for a truly easy-yet-decadent fall brunch side –– or make it the star of the meal, we won’t judge!
Mushroom Crostini for Appetizers
If you’re looking for an easy last-minute savory appetizer that truly embodies the flavors of fall — and doesn’t star pumpkin or nutmeg — try a mushroom, blue cheese, and thyme crostini. Mushrooms bring out all of our favorite autumn feelings with their earthy, rich flavors, and creamy, tangy blue cheese is the perfect pairing. Crostini makes a simple-yet-sophisticated base for all of the rich flavors.
Short Rib Pot Pie for the Main Course
It’s finally cool enough to turn your oven on for a few hours, and what better way to welcome it back into your cooking routine than with a flaky, rich short rib pot pie? This meal is sure to impress with its complex herby flavors and homemade pastry, but there is no shame in using your favorite store-bought crust if you don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. Short ribs, onions, thyme, garlic, rosemary, red wine –– the base of the meal is simple, but together the flavors combine to make a rich and decadent pie that we can guarantee will have people clamoring for seconds.
Pumpkin Cheesecake Roll for Dessert
We couldn’t make a list of our top fall meals without including pumpkin! A pumpkin cheesecake roll looks much more complicated than it truly is. Don’t be fooled by the more impatient contestants of Great British Bake Off — roll the cake when it’s warm, don’t frost it before it’s completely cool, and you’ll have a beautiful pumpkin roll that will impress your guests as you slice into it.
Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with the Little Ones
If baking with the youngsters in your life is part of your fall routine, we suggest stepping up your sugar cookie game by adding pumpkin to the recipe. A touch of glaze on top takes your basic sugar cookie to the next level. They’re easy to make and use common pantry ingredients, the flavor is just the right amount of spicy and sweet, and they stay soft for days –– if they can even last in your home that long!
Put on the fuzzy socks, flip on the fireplace, and enjoy the harvest flavors with all of the smells and tastes of fall that you know and love. What better place to celebrate the cozy season than in a home you love in our BackCountry community? We want to see what autumnal dishes you end up serving! Tag us in your foodie pictures on Facebook and Instagram with @BackCountryCo.