Can't-be-Beat Harvest Dinners
The season's best dishes are made with fresh autumnal produce -- apples, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and pumpkin. Here are a few ways to celebrate fall at the dinner table.
Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder with Marinated Peppers & Tomatoes
Dried Plum & Olive Chicken
This tender roast is braised in a full-flavored sauce spiked with chocolate and smoked paprika. Tomatoes and roasted banana peppers are marinated in bold garlic vinaigrette.
Sunday Beef Rib Roast
Green olives, capers, and dried plums give this chicken dish its unique tangy-sweet flavor. Serve over hot cooked rice.
Saucy Piquant Pot Roast
This flavorful rib roast goes into the oven under a blanket of rosemary and bacon.
Pecan-Crusted Pork with Orange-Maple Glaze
Prepared horseradish gives this tantalizing pot roast just a hint of zesty flavor.
Roasted Pork with Apples
This tasty fall supper comes together in just 30 minutes. Orange juice, maple syrup, cumin, and cayenne combine for a spicy-sweet sauce.
Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
Wedges of onion and apples round out this super-easy pork tenderloin dish. When the meat is nearly done, reduce apple juice in a skillet, then pour it over the tenderloin for a delicious and mouthwatering finish.
Seasoned chicken is cooked in maple syrup and served with creamy mashed sweet potatoes.
Sauteed Red Cabbage with Onions and Smoked Sausage
This hearty stew, featuring mini pumpkins, beef roast, carrots, and apples, makes an ideal supper for a crisp fall night. Serve it with multigrain bread and a crisp green salad.
This one-dish supper features kielbasa, onion, red cabbage, and Swiss chard. Red Swiss chard (or rhubarb chard) has dark green leaves and reddish celerylike stalks -- but any available variety works for this recipe.
Pork Loin with Apples
Nestled beneath the chicken as it cooks, onions are both roasting rack and flavorful side dish. A rustic rub of cinnamon, paprika, cumin, and coriander gives the chicken bold color.
Savory Plum Salad
A mix of molasses, red wine vinegar, and soy sauce glazes this delicious pork. The glaze flavors pan juices, too, creating a delicious drizzle-on sauce.
A raspberry-mustard dressing lightly coats baby spinach leaves and radicchio in this irresistible fall salad. The salad can also be a light dinner thanks to the bacon, nuts, and Gorgonzola.
Apple-Glazed Roast Chicken
This five-ingredient pasta dish is done in less than 30 minutes -- and that includes stirring together the rich sauce of cream and Gorgonzola cheese. Golden Delicious apples are best in this dish.
Peanut Butter and Apple-Bacon Sandwiches
The glimmering, crispy skin of this chicken dish gets its flavor from a sweet-tart blend of apple jelly and cider vinegar.
Slow-Cooker Autumn Stew
Apple-smoked bacon adds autumn flavor to this classic midnight snack. For tart flavor, stack the sandwich with Granny Smith apples. If you prefer a sweet taste, try Golden Delicious apples.
Apple Pecan Salad
This warming soup features a medley of fresh ingredients: sweet potatoes, parsnips, apples, and onions. Protein-rich pork makes the stew extra filling.
Roasting develops the buttery richness of Fuji apples topped with chopped pecans. A honey-and-cider vinegar dressing provides just the right amount of sweetness. Serve the fruit over a pretty mix of oak leaf and butter lettuces.