Fall Dinner Party Menu Ideas
Classic Fall dishes – Recipes Include Entrees, Sides & Desserts
This collection of classic fall dishes includes all of our favorite harvest-time recipes. Enjoy the best flavors of the season with these fall dish selections from main courses to side dishes and also desserts. These recipes are perfect for autumn themed parties or just to enjoy around the family dinner table.
We’ve had a scary couple of months. Rather than dig into the horror of it all, I will just say that all is well that ends well. God is good. Miracles do happen. We are blessed. The main lesson we are taking with us as we attempt to leave these difficult memories behind is that family matters most. We want to make time to spend more of our lives with the ones we love the most. As we have discussed different ways we plan to initiate these changes, we have decided to start this new chapter with a big family dinner. Mr. Wonderful’s family and my family together. In an effort to find the perfect Fall Dinner Party Menu, I have been all over the internet and I have narrowed the list down significantly. Here are the top contenders. Our little family will be trying these out before the big get together and I will follow up this post with the winners. For now, here are some great Fall Dish Recipes you may want to try too.
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Classic Fall Dishes – Main Dish Recipes
Beef and Mushroom Pie
Fall apart, ultra tender chunks of beef, bursts of fresh mushroom smothered in the most incredible gravy and topped with flaky, golden puff pastry. My friends, this is not just another beef pie. This is an EPIC Chunky Beef and Mushroom Pie with a little secret ingredient that takes this to the next level!
This Chunky Beef and Mushroom Pie from recipetineats.com had a fan base any of us online influencers would be proud of! People rave over it. And I think it has everything a really great Fall dish should. Rich, bold, earthy flavors, lots of gravy, and a golden crust.
Roasted Turkey Breast
Fall Harvest Roasted Turkey Breast is a perfect recipe for Thanksgiving if you don’t want to cook the whole bird. This Fall Harvest Roasted Turkey Breast combines all the familiar, fall flavors. It’s first rubbed with fresh herbs like: sage, thyme and rosemary.
I picked this Fall Harvest Turkey Breast recipe from Eating European because the addition of apples and cranberries and loads of fresh herbs reminds me of the best turkey dinner I ever was served.
Pork Chops With Apples and Onions
These pork chops have everything you love about a comforting Fall dish… mouthwatering, well balanced flavors, is healthy yet hearty, and is made in just ONE pan in 30 minutes! You guys really love one pan/one pot meals… and I’m bringing you another great one!
This recipe for One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions from The Chunky Chef is a tried and true favorite that I know is easy and SO good!
Classic Fall Dishes – Soup Recipes
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
All of the flavors of a classic loaded baked potato in an easy homemade soup! Each spoonful is packed with delicious bacon, potatoes, cheese and fresh herbs. Thank you Idaho Spuds for sponsoring this post. Are you looking for an easy recipe to feed a hungry crowd?
This Loaded Baked Potato Soup from Jessica Gavin is a meal in itself, but it also makes a gorgeous starter for any Fall Dinner Party Menu.
French Onion Soup
Servings: 4Prep: 25 minutesTotal: 3 hours 1 cup (2 sticks/255 g) plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter1/2 cup (120 ml) canola oil5 red onions, sliced 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick5 Vidalia onions, sliced 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick5 yellow onions, sliced 1/4 inch (6 mm) thickKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper15 shallots, peeled2 cups (480 ml) Madeira wine1 cup (240 ml) port wine1 cup (240 ml) sherry wine10 cipollini onions, peeled and sliced20 red pearl onions, peeled and sliced4 quarts (3.8 L) beef stock1 bunch thyme2 bay leaves1 loaf good sourdough bread2 pounds (910 g) good Emmental cheese 1.
Language Warning! Matty Matheson is T’s favorite chef but he has a mouth like a sailor or a chef. Whatever. But here is the thing, every recipe of his that T has served has been bliss! So his French Onion Soup Recipe has to be tried.
Roasted Mushroom Soup
So creamy, rich, hearty and comforting! The secret to this mushroom soup recipe is roasting the mushrooms in garlic and fresh thyme first! Greetings from Chicago! It’s dipping below 30 degrees F here and aside from the deep dish pizza I crushed last night, I really really need a bowl of this…
I’m going to be straight-up, I don’t like the texture of mushrooms at all. But I do love the flavor and I cook with them all the time. T loves mushrooms and even grows his own. So this recipe for Creamy Roasted Mushroom Soup from Damn Delicious is all about our boy!
Classic Fall Dishes – Amazing Side Dish Recipes
Baked Apples With Sausage Stuffing
This article may contain affiliate links which support this site at no cost to you. Looking for a fun, new side dish for fall? Turn baked apples in to a savory side dish as they are stuffed with an easy sausage stuffing recipe for a delicious and gorgeous addition to dinner or even for Thanksgiving.
Oh, la la! I’m really into stuffing apples with all sorts of deliciousness, but stuffing an apple with stuffing? I’ve never tried this before but after reading the amazing reviews from those who tried these Savory Baked Apples with Sausage Stuffing from Growing Up Gabel, I am looking for a reason to get these on my tables.
Its October and the food internet is awash with pumpkin recipes again, and Pinterest turns orange as people scramble to post as many squash recipes as they can ahead of Halloween. Of course they are also in full season in the Northern Hemisphere for Autumn.
These Pumpkin Rolls With Rosemary and Sea Salt from Drizzle and Dip with their honey butter glaze are a must for any Fall Dinner Party Menu.
Sweet Potato Casserole
This sweet potato casserole with marshmallows is an especially festive, over-the-top take on the Thanksgiving classic casserole, topped with a crisp pecan crumble and dotted with pillowy marshmallows. This sweet potato recipe first appeared in our November 2011 issue along with Lesley Porcelli’s story How Sweet It Is.
This! Just this! Creamy and loaded with sweetness – I can’t wait to dig in!
Classic Fall Dishes – Harvest Time Desserts
It’s 84 degrees in Arizona today! Break out the sweaters, FALL is here! You think I am kidding. But sadly I am not. We get into the 80’s here and we think it’s time to bring out the parkas!
These Pumpkin and Salted Caramel Cupcakes from Modern Honey are beautiful and delicious. What a lovely way to wrap up a Harvest Meal!
A true classic Fall dessert, this easy apple crisp recipe is reminiscent of generations past. Pop this apple crisp in the oven and wait for the delicious smell to waft through your house! Do you have a classic Fall dessert that you just LOVE?
We love visiting the local Apple Orchards. I even wrote about it here, here, and here. So believe me when I say I am serious about my apple crisp. This recipe from The Chunky Chef is the perfect rendition of this classic fall dish.
A pumpkin pie alternative for your Thanksgiving spread – this soft, moist, spiced, Bourbon Butter Pecan Cake with Brown Butter Maple Frosting is made with ground pecan in the cake batter, plus chopped pecans sprinkled throughout for a rich, buttery pecan flavor THROUGHOUT the cake.
This Bourbon Butter Pecan Cake with Maple Frosting combines so many of the best fall flavors! We make special trips to our local bakery for slices of this cake. Here is a version from The Flavor Blender you can make at home, and you should! You really, really should! Like, right now.
We can’t wait to try out these recipes! Once we have the main meal figured out we can move on to dessert! I look forward to a future post where I share my final menu and pics from The Dinner Party. I’m looking forward to this gathering. We need this gathering. And you maybe need one too? Do you have a favorite Fall Food? Please share in the comments section below. We love to hear from you!
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