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.

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Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder, Marinated Peppers & Tomatoes
Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder with Marinated Peppers & Tomatoes

    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.

Dried Plum & Olive Chicken

    Green olives, capers, and dried plums give this chicken dish its unique tangy-sweet flavor. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Sunday Beef Rib Roast

    This flavorful rib roast goes into the oven under a blanket of rosemary and bacon.

Saucy Piquant Pot Roast

    Prepared horseradish gives this tantalizing pot roast just a hint of zesty flavor.

Pecan-Crusted Pork with Orange-Maple Glaze

    This tasty fall supper comes together in just 30 minutes. Orange juice, maple syrup, cumin, and cayenne combine for a spicy-sweet sauce.

Roasted Pork with Apples

    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.

Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

    Seasoned chicken is cooked in maple syrup and served with creamy mashed sweet potatoes.

Pumpkin-Cider Stew

    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.

Sauteed Red Cabbage with Onions and Smoked Sausage

    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.

Spice-Rubbed Chicken

    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.

Pork Loin with Apples

    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.

Savory Plum Salad

    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-Sausage Rigatoni

    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.

Apple-Glazed Roast Chicken

    The glimmering, crispy skin of this chicken dish gets its flavor from a sweet-tart blend of apple jelly and cider vinegar.

Peanut Butter and Apple-Bacon Sandwiches

    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.

Slow-Cooker Autumn Stew

    This warming soup features a medley of fresh ingredients: sweet potatoes, parsnips, apples, and onions. Protein-rich pork makes the stew extra filling.

Apple Pecan Salad

    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.

Cranberry Pork Chops

    Turn succulent pork chops into an autumn favorite with a sauce of tart cranberries and orange peel.

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