Fall is in full swing in Seattle, chalk full of leaf color, pumpkins, apple cider and comfort food. Speaking of comfort food, here are some of my all time favorite fall recipes!
Pioneer Woman's Roast Chicken
Her recipes are simple, straightforward, and always turn out delicious. One day I may have to do a "all Pioneer Woman recipe roundup", that's how good her stuff is. This was my first roast chicken and I can absolutely say, her recipe is so easy, even normal people can do it. Once you've tried Ree's, you might want to try other flavors (like this one with grapes). Pair with your favorite potato side dish or roasted veggies for complete comfort overload.
Comfort of Cooking Spicy Veggie Mac and Cheese
I love this mac and cheese recipe from The Comfort of Cooking. It's cheesey and rich but full of veggies and has a spicy kick. Mac and cheese should always have crispy breadcrumbs on top and this one doesn't disappoint. Even better is that it whips up pretty quickly so it's a no brainer for a weeknight dinner or the perfect dish to bring to a potluck. Cooking for one? Never fear, this mac reheats like a champ.
Farm Fresh Corn Chowder
This soup is worthy of a giant stock pot all-day simmer. While I do not go whole hog and make my own chicken stock (ain't no body got time for that), the red bell peppers, yukon potatoes, and fresh corn (or frozen, no cans-- we aren't savages) really make this soup the definition of comfort. It's even better the second and third days once the flavors mix and the starch from the potatoes thickens it even more. Now I'm hungry.
Turkey, Bacon, and Avocado Grilled Cheese from TidyMom
HOLY CRAP. You guys. THIS SANDWICH. It is the The Master. The One Sammie to Rule Them All. Bacon. Turkey. Cheese. Avocado. All in a warm melty crunchy package. With a bowl of creamy tomato soup? Perfection. I recommend using a cast iron skillet if you've got one. The basil might sound nutty, but just trust me-- it's awesome.
Mulled Cider with Rum from Fork Full Ahead
Adapted from a Bon Appetit recipe, this spicy mulled cider is the cure for what ails you on a rainy fall afternoon. With or without the rum, you will feel toasty down to your toes. I do it with less cranberry juice cocktail and more cider because I'm not big on the syrupy taste of the cocktail juice but you do you, friends. Happiness in a mug.
Apple Galettes with Whiskey Salted Caramel Sauce
This dessert is better than pumpkin pie. There. I said it. I know it's blasphemy, but apples, whiskey caramel and flaky pie crust cannot be beat. Her pie crust recipe is legit, but you should feel free to do whatever crust makes you happy. Frankly, the Trader Joe's frozen pie crust is just as good as homemade if it means you get to have pie. And the whiskey carmel is good on everything. And I do mean everything.
Let me know how you like these recipes! Share how they turned out for you and your favorites in the comments or on the social medias-- xoxo