7 Fabulous Fall Menus
Menu #1: Ranch-style meat loaf dinner
A ketchup glaze dresses up meat loaf in a favorite recipe from Triangle Ranch Bed and Breakfast in western South Dakota, where guests enjoy meals prepared by B&B owner Lyndy Ireland. Serve with Lyndy's chocolate cookies for dessert.
Dell's Branding Day Meat Loaf
Boiled new potatoes
Mixed green salad
Chocolate Waffle Cookies (see next slide)
Tip: The meat loaf serves 4 to 6 big eaters (cowboys!) or 8 to 10 regular folks. It slices better if you let it stand 10 minutes before cutting.
Chocolate Waffle Turtle Cookies
These turtle cookies are cooked in a waffle iron, not oven-baked. The recipe comes from the Triangle Ranch B&B in South Dakota.
Menu #2: Hot sandwich dinner
Marinating and long, slow cooking create a flavorful, juicy meat for sandwiches. Finish the meal with a sweet apple dessert everyone will love.
Smoky Brisket Sandwiches
Maple-Apple Pudding Bake (next slide)
Maple-Apple Pudding Bake
The Wisconsin Maple Producers created this recipe to showcase maple syrup and juicy apples in a moist, rich dessert.
Tip: For sweetened whipped cream, in a chilled bowl beat an 8-ounce carton whipping cream, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla with an electric mixer or a wire whisk until soft peaks form. This can be done up to 1 hour before serving.
Menu #3: Fish and chips dinner
Serve our beer-batter fried walleye with either traditional tartar sauce or with our sweet-and-sour sauce made from exotic yellow-orange mangoes. Purchased baked potato wedges (frozen ones do nicely) and a homemade pie complete the meal.
Crispy Fried Walleye
Baked potato wedges
Cherry Crisp Pie (next slide)
Tip: For added zip, top hot baked potato wedges with shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and sliced green onions; return to oven for 1-2 minutes.
Menu #4: Country chicken dinner
Paprika-seasoned sour cream sauce adds buttery flavor to this chicken dish. Off-the-shelf items--canned vegetables, noodles and salad-- help you put the rest of this dinner together quickly. Bake the Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake ahead of time if you like, and be sure to save some for snacks or even breakfast.
Country-Style Chicken Paprikash
Canned mixed peas and carrots
Spaetzle, noodles or home-style dumplings
Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake (next slide)
Tip: To perk up canned vegetables, heat them in a saucepan, then toss with a little olive oil, a squeeze of lemon, ground black pepper and a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese.
Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake
Chocolate and sweet potato batters are swirled together to make this moist, tender spice cake from Patricia Polley of Columbus, Ohio. Wrap and store the cooled cake overnight for easier slicing. (It’s a great alternative to coffee cake for brunches.)
Menu #5: Flavors of Italy dinner
Italian-inspired Puffed-Up Pizza Casserole was one of the winners in Midwest Living®'s "Heavenly Hotdish" contest. The recipe comes from a Maryland Heights, Missouri, reader, who says the casserole freezes and reheats well. Adjust the hot-pepper sauce to suit your taste.
Puffed-Up Pizza Casserole
Fresh greens or fresh fruit
Tiramisu (next slide)
Tip: For more great casserole ideas, click on the link below for "Our Best Casserole and Hotdish Recipes."
This classic Italian dessert almost always brings a round of contented sighs when it's served. This recipe comes from Gian-Tony's on the Hill in St. Louis. Our Test Kitchen decided the liqueurs could be omitted if necessary, but we liked the flavor they added.
Menu #6: Autumn harvest dinner
For a fall-flavor dinner that comes together quickly, fast-cooking pork chops pair with couscous and a fun dessert that starts with purchased brownies.
Pork Chops with Pear-Maple Sauce
Tossed salad greens
Brownie parfaits (next slide)
Tip: Experiment with couscous add-ins such as chopped dried tomatoes, chopped fresh spinach, toasted pine nuts, fresh herbs of your choice, raisins or diced sweet peppers.
Layer store-bought brownies with a sweetened cream-cheese sauce and peppermint patties for a delicious and fast dessert.
Menu #7: Soup and salad dinner
An Ames, Iowa, reader loves to serve this hearty soup to her family on Saturday nights. Her grown children now make it for their children, too. "What great memories of cold Iowa nights enjoying a memory meal!" she says.
Saturday Night Beef-Vegetable Soup
Spiced Pecan Apple Salad (next slide)
Autumn Cutouts (slide 15)
Tip: Serve hot spiced apple cider with this meal on really cold nights.
Spiced Pecan Apple Salad
This recipe comes from the Junior League of Chicago's cookbook, Celebrate Chicago! A Taste of Our Town. Apple and pecans blend with feta cheese in a spiced oil-and-vinegar dressing.
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