Feel like you’ve eaten the same classic stuffing and pumpkin pie too many years in a row? Impress your friends by whipping up something unique, delicious, and undeniably autumnal. Here are some of our favorites.
Brie, Cranberry and Prosciutto Bites
Got a can of cranberry sauce sitting in your pantry? There’s a fancy way to re-introduce it in these bites, which are ideal for an appetizer. Just combine pieces of the sauce with soft squares of Brie, place the tart-creamy combo on top of a mini toast, and wrap it with a slice of salty prosciutto. It’s the perfect composition of flavors and requires no cooking whatsoever.
Brown Rice and Sweet Potato Salad
In this dish, creamy roasted sweet potatoes come together with earthy brown rice for a perfect November blend. Orange honey dressing adds a hint of citrusy sweetness, and you can dress it up with cranberries and parsley to add pops of color and tartness. The best thing about it? It can be eaten warm, at room temperature, or straight from the fridge, so no need to stress about the presentation!
Za’atar Crusted Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Cauliflower is known for its versatility, and this dish is a perfect vegetarian option. It’s so delicious that even habitual carnivores will insist on second helpings. Roasting the cauliflower brings out its earthy, nutty flavors, which are given a fragrant touch with the addition of za’atar, the Lebanese spice blend that includes thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. The preparation is simple — just 20 minutes in the oven and they’re done. Perfect for when you’re in a rush!
Everything Bagel Stuffing
You read that right—everything bagels aren’t just vehicles for cream cheese and lox. Here, they’re repurposed for Friendsgiving, bringing with them their signature blend of pepper, salt, onions, and garlic. Chopped scallions add a dash of green, and eggs and cream make it just rich enough to complement the turkey.
Vanilla Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole
This is a simple dish — all you need to do is roast the sweet potatoes, whip them to velvety smoothness, combine them with a few other ingredients, and stick them in the oven. It’s soft and sweet, with the generous helping of Vitamin A that sweet potatoes provide. You can top it with crumbly goat cheese and crunchy pecans for a variety of flavors and textures that come together to say that fall is officially here.
These dishes are sure to please even the most picky eaters amongst your friends. Don’t be surprised when they ask you to re-create these flavors year-round!