With the weather getting colder and more people swapping their shorts for snow gloves, it can only mean one thing: Fall is here. While it’s saddening for some to know they have to wait a full turn of seasons for summer, others are relishing in the opportunity to dust off the winter cookbook. Hearty, starchy vegetables are now in season, and it’s time to prepare those delicious fall and winter dishes that will appeal to the whole family.
Corn and Potato Chowder
You may think that if you lack quality cookware, you can’t cook up a storm. If you cook corn and potato chowder, however, you will see how little effort (and fewer dishes) it takes but how it packs a punch. While the standout players in any corn and potato chowder are of course the corn and potato, it’s the accompanying spices and ingredients that also give heart to this dish.
For example, when you add cured Chorizo to your chowder, you give the dish a whole new depth of flavor. What’s more, the inclusion of garlic, fennel, and even those few sprigs of thyme will provide it with a boost to make the corn and potato shine.
You can’t go through fall or winter without serving up a beef stew to the family. However, it takes certain ingredients to make it a beef stew to remember. The stronger the flavors, the better. If you want it to be tender and with intense flavor, then purchase chuck steak and cut it into two-inch pieces.
With the flavor portfolio, you can never take it too far. Include all those marinating sauces such as Worcestershire, fish, and soy, as well as a touch of sweetness and bite with honey, ginger, and red wine. When it comes to spices that enhance the overall flavor of the beef, don’t skimp on the cumin or coriander, either.
Pumpkin risotto is one of the most versatile fall dishes for many reasons. You can serve it up as a healthy and hearty weeknight meal, or even as a vegetarian option for Thanksgiving. It’s full of flavor, features seasonal vegetables such as pumpkin, and also takes minimal effort to prepare.
Even a kitchen amateur can perfect the art of pumpkin risotto. However, the real secret isn’t just cooking the rice to perfection – although this helps. Adding cranberries and goat cheese will ensure a punch of flavor and guarantee an unforgettable risotto.
If you’re not that handy in the kitchen, but your family is hanging out for hearty fall tucker, then meatloaf is the answer. All you need is a few dried herbs, a variety of mince such as turkey, beef, and chicken, and an imagination. You can add anything you want to meatloaf – including whatever’s in your fridge. Pair it with potatoes and corn, and it’s a dish to remember.
Ham and Turkey Pie
A common thanksgiving problem is knowing what to do with all those leftovers. The answer may be closer than you think. Don’t throw that ham or turkey out. Instead, why not turn it into a pie? Use your leftover seasonal vegetables too, and you have a delicious dish that won’t have your family yelling “I don’t want any more leftovers!”.