Better Homes & Gardens October 2007 Recipes

How to Mash Potatoes
Delight your family with these delicious fall meals, ranging from flavorful entrees inspired by freshly harvested apples, to rich chocolate desserts.

Apple Pecan Salad

Roasting brings out the buttery richness of Fuji apples and chopped pecans. A honey and cider vinegar dressing provides a touch of sweetness.

Tip: If there's dressing left over, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Apple-Glazed Roast Chicken

The crispy skin of this roasted chicken gets its flavor from a sweet-tart blend of apple jelly and cider vinegar. The oven coaxes out the apples' warm, caramel flavors and tones down sweetness.

Tip: To save time, cook the rice and chicken together in a casserole dish with a tight-fitting lid. That way, the rice will remain moist as it bakes.

Apple Upside-Down Cake

This gooey cake bakes up from a no-fuss, one-bowl batter spiced with ginger and cinnamon.

Tip: For extra spice, top off each slice with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.

Apple-Sausage Rigatoni

You can complete this five-ingredient recipe in less than 30 minutes -- and that includes stirring together the rich sauce of cream and gorgonzola cheese.

Tip: Cut calories (and some fat) by substituting chicken or turkey sausage.

Peanut Butter and Apple-Bacon Sandwiches

Apple-smoked bacon adds autumn flavor to this classic midnight snack. Stack the sandwich with Granny Smiths for tart flavor; for sweetness, try Golden Delicious apples.

Tip: For added fiber and crunch, layer the bacon, crisp apples, and peanut butter on grilled whole wheat bread.

Apple-Cheddar Soup

Turn a proven crowd-pleaser -- apples and cheese -- into this creamy soup. Chunks of potatoes add heartiness.

Tip: Garnish the soup with slices of Granny Smith apples for tart flavor; Pacific Queen apples make a sweeter alternative.

Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie

Four pounds of apples go into our towering pie, but you don't have to peel a single one. Just slice the fruit and pile it up. Warm caramel sauce drizzled on top provides extra sweetness.

Tip: To evenly roast the apples for this pie, spread the fruit in a single layer across your pan.

Oat Pastry

The oats baked into this flour crust give our Mile-High Caramel Apple Pie (previous slide) a delicious, rustic touch.

Tip: For best results, make this pastry with quick-cooking oats instead of regular rolled oats.

Curried Cider-Pork Stew

Curry gives this colorful stew a touch of spice, while fresh apples and pork add fall flavor.

Tip: For a delicious side dish, try our creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Chunky Applesauce

For rich flavor, simmer this sauce all day in your slow-cooker. For a chunkier variation, cook it on your stove.

Tip: Try this apple dish as a side to our Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions.

Classic Minestrone

Serve this traditional soup of fresh veggies and pasta as your main course -- or as a yummy side dish to our Chicken Panini.

Tip: For dessert, try our Caramel-Apple Pudding Cake.

Seafood Minestrone

Fresh shrimp and bay scallops add filling protein to an Italian classic that takes just 30 minutes to make.

Tip: For dessert, try our Spiced Rum Cake.

Slow-Cooked Minestrone

Ground beef or turkey turns this vegetable soup into a filling meal. Fresh-grated Parmesan cheese makes the perfect topper.

Tip: For dessert, try our Autumn Fruits with Cinnamon Custard.

Minestrone with Mushrooms and Feta

Feta cheese adds a bit of Mediterranean flavor to this chunky soup. Mix in cubes of grilled chicken or turkey for extra protein.

Tip: For dessert, try our Gingerbread Cupcakes.

Sesame-Ginger Wheat Berry Salad

Wheat berries, a healthy alternative to white rice, add nutty flavor to this napa cabbage-based salad.

Tip: For dessert, try our Chewy Molasses Ginger Cookies.

Spicy Barley and Rice

Chipotle peppers add a fiery kick to barley, brown rice, and fresh spinach; toasted walnuts add a satisfying crunch.

Tip: For dessert, try our light Berry Lemon Trifle.

Swiss Oatmeal

This recipe calls for nutrient-rich steel-cut oats; add fresh berries for an extra healthy boost. Prepare the oatmeal ahead to save time in the morning.

Tip: For a sweet side, try our fresh Fig and Fruit Salad.

Squash-Quinoa Soup

Quinoa, a tiny beadlike grain, gives this chicken and butternut squash soup a slight crunch.

Tip: For dessert, try our Praline Baked Apples.

Bulgur-Mushroom Stovetop Pilaf

This colorful dish provides 68 percent of your recommended daily Vitamin C intake; top it off with cracked black pepper and feta cheese.

Tip: For dessert, try our Cranberry-Raspberry Tarts.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

Our test kitchen experts show how to create this delicious side dish.

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