When entertaining family and friends for a dinner party in a cozy 2-bedroom apartment, the perfect fall menu is a must. As the weather turns chilly, you’ll want to warm your guests with fall favorites. So pull out a few scented candles, decorate with a little fall flair, and use the recipe ideas below to craft the ideal dinner party menu.
What’s in Season?
Cooking with autumn vegetables is one of the best parts about planning a fall dinner menu. Of course, thanks to the marvels of the modern grocery store you can put most anything on your list, but there’s something about cooking with in-season fall produce that makes a menu more apropos for a seasonal meal.
If you’re looking for sweet, start with squashes. Make a smooth roasted butternut squash puree with a little sage and goat cheese, then mix it with some pasta for a sweet comfort food. For another sweet selection, make a stuffed acorn squash with sausage and kale.
Cruciferous vegetables ripen at the end of the summer, so if you rely on famer’s markets for your veggies, you might be seeing a lot of cabbage at this time of year. For a cool, crisp side dish, try apple cabbage salad or cabbage and carrot slaw.
Warm up for the Weather
Next, combat the cold with warm food and drink. Start by having a large pot of mulled cider on hand for guests to sip on throughout the evening. For something richer, try a drink that sounds just weird enough to be delicious: milk chocolate and peanut butter hot cocoa.
If you want a hearty main course, make rosemary-garlic pork with roasted vegetables and apples. Serve it right from the oven for a hot entrée sure to please.
Classic Fall Flavors
Everyone’s favorite food-oriented fall holiday is Thanksgiving. And what’s Thanksgiving without sweet potatoes and pumpkin? Satisfy your guests’ love of classic fall foods with sweet potato and cornbread hash, pumpkin spice cake, or sweet potato biscuits.
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