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50 Fabulous Fall Recipes

Enjoy the flavor of apples, pumpkins and other fall favorites in these tempting takes on cool-weather classics, including cobbler, pot roast, chili and pie.

Wine-Marinated Pot Roast

This tender beef creation includes a gorgeous, glossy red wine sauce that amps up sweet root vegetables, mushrooms and onion.

Wine-Marinated Pot Roast

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Slow-Cooker Brat and Sauerkraut Soup

Potatoes, onion, sauerkraut and brats pack in the German flavor in this homey slow-cooker soup. Try with Whole Wheat Pretzel Rolls; the soft pretzels' chewy, brown exterior comes from being boiled in an alkaline solution—the 1/4 cup baking soda in the water isn't a typo!

Slow-Cooker Brat and Sauerkraut Soup

Whole Wheat Pretzel Rolls 

Quick Black Forest Cherry Cake

This quick twist on the classic German chocolate-cherry cake uses boxed cake mix and cherry preserves. Don't skip the kirsch or brandy; it adds that signature Black Forest flavor.

Quick Black Forest Cherry Cake

Southwest Corn Pudding

Buttery onions, cheddar and green chilies lace our stuffinglike pudding. Inspired by traditional skillet corn bread, this recipe works as a side or as a meatless main served with a salad or garlicky sauteed kale.

Southwest Corn Pudding

Streusel Apple Bread

A touch of lemon, chopped cranberries and walnuts make this quick bread taste like coffee cake.

Streusel Apple Bread

Harvest Chipotle Chili

Sweet potatoes and apples hold their own with spicy chipotle chilies in this perfect sweet-heat balance. Does it take a lot of peeling and chopping? Yes. Is it worth it? Oh, yeah.

Harvest Chipotle Chili

Roast Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Fall Fruit

Apples, pears and cranberries mix with caramelized onions in a luscious tumble over chicken breasts. Why leave the skin on and bones in? Trust us; you'll notice the extra flavor in this fabulous fall recipe.

Roast Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Fall Fruit

Spiced Pear-Cranberry Cobbler

You can almost remember a misty-morning trip to the orchards and bogs when you taste this riff on a Midwest favorite. A pumpkin-cornmeal biscuit crowns the sweet-tangy fruit duo.

Spiced Pear-Cranberry Cobbler

 

Apple Scones with Spiced Maple Butter

They're light, buttery and fall artwork on your plate. We almost hate to cover up the baked-on apple slice with the whipped maple butter. Almost.

Apple Scones with Spiced Maple Butter

Gingerbread Pancakes

A weekend breakfast transforms into the very taste of fall with a stack of these cakes. This fall recipe features ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses and fresh-picked apples sliced paper-thin.

Gingerbread Pancakes

Roasted Chicken with Sage Pan Sauce

This sage-infused, company-worthy fall recipe takes full advantage of cast iron's versatility. The pan goes from stove top to oven and back to stove top.

Roasted Chicken with Sage Pan Sauce

Crumb-Topped Apple Trio Pie

Crisp on top, sweetly tender inside, this quintessential fall dessert blends tart and sweet apples -- Granny Smith, Jonagold and Braeburn -- with sugar and cinnamon under a brown-sugar and walnut crumb topping.

Crumb-Topped Apple Trio Pie

Sausage and Spinach Skillet Pizza

A hot cast-iron skillet mimics a pizza stone to create a crisp, evenly browned crust. We loaded our pizza with oozy red sauce and stretchy cheese. Fork and knife highly recommended.

Sausage and Spinach Skillet Pizza

Halloween Brownies

Chocolate-hazelnut spread and dark chocolate syrup bring big chocolate flavor to this fall recipe. Change out the candy sprinkled on top of these moist bars to match the event.

Halloween Brownies

Butternut Squash, Lentil and Wild Rice Stew

Here's a main-dish soup loaded with veggies. Need to reduce the sodium? Use only one can of French onion soup and replace the other with 1-1/2 cups water.

Butternut Squash, Lentil and Wild Rice Stew

Apple-Pear Praline Pie

This picture-perfect fall pie takes more than a flaky crust. "The key to this pie is the apples you use," says Mary Schrier of Cumberland, Iowa, who got this recipe from an old, handwritten family recipe book. She suggests not using Red Delicious apples. Instead, make this with Granny Smith, Jonathan or any sweet-tart heirloom apples.

Apple-Pear Praline Pie

So-Easy Apple Butter

Your home will fill with the fall aroma of this five-ingredient apple butter while it simmers in your slow cooker. Serve with cheese and crackers - and keep some extra jars to give as hostess gifts.

So-Easy Apple Butter

Single-Serving Caramel Apples

Flaky pastry and baked apples become absolutely irresistible when combined with caramel and a hint of brown sugar in this fall recipe. Make these up to six hours ahead of your meal and cover with plastic wrap so the pastry doesn't dry out. Bake while the coffee brews!

Single-Serving Caramel Apples

Miner's Beef Stew

In Branson, Missouri, guests dine on this favorite fall stew at Silver Dollar City's Lucky Silver Mine Restaurant, while others learn how to make it at the park's Culinary & Craft School. The meat slow-cooks for fork-tender results.

Miner's Beef Stew

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

"I love this because it contains chocolate, pecans and cranberries," says Patricia Polley of Columbus, Ohio. "What more can I say?" She marbles chocolate and sweet potato batter together in a fluted tube pan for a moist, tender spice cake.

Sweet Potato-Cranberry Cake

Danish Pastry Apple Bars

One of her students shared this fall recipe long ago with Gail Michael of West Lafayette, Indiana. "These were in the lunch box of one of my first-grade students in the fall of 1974," Gail recalls. She's baked many batches of these apple bars since then. It's like apple pie in a baking pan.

Danish Pastry Apple Bars

One-Pan Harvest Pasta

This hearty weeknight dinner recipe is perfect for September, when you're starting to crave cozier foods but your garden is still producing a bounty of herbs and vegetables!

One-Pan Harvest Pasta

Pumpkin-Banana Bread

Lisa Johnson of Gardner, Kansas, added banana to pumpkin bread for a new twist on this quintessential fall treat. "This pumpkin bread is a favorite with our family," she says. "It's easy to make, and my two girls enjoy helping me."

Pumpkin-Banana Bread

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Inspired by traditional Mexican mole, this hearty vegetarian chili includes a touch of chocolate to add depth. Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce give a rich smokiness to this fall recipe. If you like, you can save half the chili to make Stacked Black Bean Enchilada Pie.

Chipotle Black Bean Chili

Cranberry Layer Cake

This moist white cake combines toasted pecans and refreshing orange peel with cranberries. Orange peel flavors the thick cream cheese frosting, too.

Cranberry Layer Cake

Multigrain Apple Streusel Muffins

Rise and shine! These tender gems taste so good, you’d never guess we bumped up the fiber in this fall recipe with two kinds of whole grains and traded most of the butter for applesauce and buttermilk.

Multigrain Apple Streusel Muffins

Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Cake

Invert this moist cake while it's still warm to reveal a fall kaleidoscope of glistening, tart berries and sweet mandarin oranges.

Cranberry Orange Upside-Down Cake

Warm-Me-Up Chicken Chili

Combine chicken, chopped vegetables and canned beans for this warm-and-comforting chili. This fall recipe gives variations for Slow Cooker Chicken Chili as well as a spicier Chipotle Chicken Chili.

Warm-Me-Up Chicken Chili

Almond-Cranberry Bread with White Chocolate Glaze

Sweet bread balances tangy cranberries in this winning fall recipe. Like many quick breads, this loaf will improve in flavor and texture if you let it sit overnight before slicing it.

Almond-Cranberry Bread with White Chocolate Glaze

Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Caramel Swirl

This fall dessert comes from Mooselips Java Joint in Seeley, Wisconsin. It's creamy, cool and not overpowered by the pumpkin or the spice.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Caramel Swirl

Maple Sweet-Potato Sticky Buns

Traditional sticky buns not quite sweet enough for you? Add sweet potato, maple syrup and syrupy pecans. How about now?

Maple Sweet-Potato Sticky Buns

Hearty Minestrone Soup

Susan Corley of New Albany, Ohio, shared her version of the classic Italian soup in New Albany Cooking with Friends, a cooking club project that took regional honors in the 2007 Tabasco Community Cookbook Awards. Susan often slow-cooks a pot of the soup for family meals during the holidays.

Hearty Minestrone Soup

 

Sour Cream Pumpkin Bars

Browned Butter Frosting tops moist Sour Cream Pumpkin Bars, a favorite fall recipe.

Sour Cream Pumpkin Bars

 

Pumpkin-Praline Layer Cake

This nutty layer cake is a favorite dessert with Midwest Living® readers. Whipped cream topping complements a moist filling of pumpkin, brown sugar, pecans, butter and more whipping cream.

Pumpkin-Praline Layer Cake

Chicken and White Bean Stew

Great Northern or cannellini beans blend with chicken and purchased Alfredo sauce in this easy-to-assemble fall meal. Serve with crusty bread and tossed salad.

Chicken and White Bean Stew

Indulgent Caramel Apples

Wrap your favorite tart or sweet apple in caramel (we even created a less sticky version), then unleash your imagination as you add on nuts, cereal, dried fruit, candy, decorative sprinkles or whatever else inspires you--and your taste buds.

Indulgent Caramel Apples

Steel-Cut Oatmeal Heaven

Why steel-cut oats? This chunky oatmeal has a nuttier flavor and chewier texture than if it used rolled oats. Other heavenly ingredients in this fall recipe include dried fruit, mini chocolate chips, crumbled bacon and a drizzle of honey.

Steel-Cut Oatmeal Heaven

Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie

Sweet apples balance the tang of cranberries in this fall favorite.

Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie

Hearty Multigrain Pancakes

We added whole grains to these flapjacks to help ward off the morning munchies. Personalize this breakfast or brunch recipe with chocolate chips, blueberries and other stir-ins.

Hearty Multigrain Pancakes

Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

Mix a can of cream of chicken soup, mushrooms, veggies and rice mix for the soup base. Any boneless cooked chicken works in this slow-cooker recipe, but chicken thighs, with more moisture from fat, cook the best.

Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

Michigan Tart Cherry Pie

If you're a fan of classic, not-too-sweet cherry pie, look no further. This is our best one.

Michigan Tart Cherry Pie

Souper Spaghetti

For this fall recipe, use classic spaghetti ingredients -- sauce, diced tomatoes, ground beef, noodles and Italian seasoning -- to create this easy soup. A salad and garlic bread complete the meal.

Souper Spaghetti

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

Studded with dried cherries and almonds, this hearty fall salad pairs well with roast pork or even barbecue. Boiled cider and lemon juice add a touch of pucker that keeps the salad from tasting too sweet. You can make your own boiled cider or buy it online or in specialty stores (or substitute regular apple cider).

Apple and Couscous-Bulgur Salad

Cheesy Potato Soup

Potato, bacon and cheese - all the flavors you love in a bowl of soup! The American cheese keeps the soup from curdling while it slow cooks. Mashing cooked potatoes a bit gives it some body, while the bacon adds a smoky-salty taste to this fall soup.

Cheesy Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken

Cranberry sauce combined with tapioca and onion soup simmers to perfection in this five-ingredient main dish recipe, a slow-cooker version of an oven classic. Serve over white rice to complete the fall meal.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken

Hot Dog-Hamburger Secret Sauce and Cranberry-Orange Relish

Joan Wagner of Overland Park, Kansas, contributed the Hot Dog-Hamburger Secret Sauce recipe. "My two sons, Chris and Ken, gave this recipe the name 'secret sauce' because no one guessed what was in it," Joan says. It's a nice balance of sweet and tangy.

Colorful Cranberry-Orange Relish comes from chef Richard Fisher of Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The versatile spiced topper goes well with meats, including deli turkey, bratwurst and grilled pork chops.

Hot Dog-Hamburger Secret Sauce and Cranberry-Orange Relish

Cranberry-Orange Relish

Missouri Apple Soup

Nancy Rudolph of St. Louis found the ideal ratio of curry powder to Missouri apples for this creamy soup. "This is easy and quick to make," she says. "And it's perfect for those first few chilly fall evenings."

Missouri Apple Soup

Fennel Apple Salad

Barbara Miller of La Porte, Indiana, pairs sweet, aromatic fennel with fall's fresh apples in this recipe. Make this up to a day ahead, then cover and chill. "It's especially good with a pork roast or grilled chicken," says Barbara.

Fennel Apple Salad

Gingered Pumpkin Soup

Maple syrup adds sweetness to Gingered Pumpkin Soup, which makes a creamy fall side dish or appetizer.

Gingered Pumpkin Soup

Ultimate Grilled Cheese and Ham Panini with Parsnip Fries

When grilled cheese dreams big, it winds up like this. Our melty-perfect creation layers fruit chutney with ham, thinly sliced pear, a few arugula leaves, Gouda and creamy, nutty Fontina.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese and Ham Panini with Parsnip Fries

 

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