When you think of fall, many often think of pumpkin everything…pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, the list goes on. The thing about fall is that there are so many wonderful dishes connected to the season, yet not many people know about them! Fall is a season for reflection and comfort. It’s a time where we’re starting to wind down this year and prepare for the year ahead, and why not take advantage of the bounties that we receive during this time of the year? You may be planning a get-together for the fall season and we challenge you to look beyond pumpkin spice. Here are some next level fall-inspired party foods that you can showcase at your next event.
Embrace Seasonal Ingredients
There’s nothing better than cooking with ingredients that are in season. Not only are they fresh, they are at their peak of flavor. It’s true that some foods are best enjoyed in their season, and for good reason. Many fall foods are rich in flavor and meant to give a warm feeling when enjoyed. Try using maple to add flavor to a savory dish or incorporate figs and winter squash into your cuisine. These ingredients are at their absolute freshness in fall, so try utilizing them in fall-inspired party foods, such as:
These dishes are not only fresh and delicious, they are perfect for creating a comfortable and warm environment for the season.
Incorporate Smoky Flavor
Cheeses, like smoked Gouda and Gruyere are perfect for fall. Not only are they flavorful on their own, they can be incorporated into many appetizers and dips during your get-together or event. Smoked cheeses are the ultimate comfort foods and add a depth of flavor to a dish. The smoky flavor gives the feeling of warmth, preparing you for the cooler weather ahead (we can dream, Southwest Florida!). Try the following recipes as appetizers at your next party:
These smoky flavors are not only divine, they pair well with other savory fall dishes that you serve to your guests.
Sweet & Savory
Autumn is all about comfort food and nothing says comfort like sweet and savory flavors. Pair a little sweet with a little savory to create a warm and comfortable setting at your get-together or event. Sweets, like apples and cranberries are the perfect additions to savory dishes as they give just a hint of sweetness that works perfectly with the savory portion of the dish. Try the following recipes at your next event:
This pairing emanates fall and your guests will fall in love with the perfect mix of flavors.
Set the Mood
The food that you serve your guests sets the tone of the entire event. Remember, fall is about comfort and reflection. Make your guests feel warm with foods, rich in flavor and take advantage of seasonal foods. After all, they are in season for a reason. Enjoy this time of the year as you look forward to what lies ahead.
The team at Crave Culinaire is ready to help you plan your perfect fall menu! Call (239) 292-1529 or visit www.craveculinaire.com to get started today!