Fall Produce Guide
Just the mention of Fall brings about thoughts of cozy sweaters, crisp mornings and warming meals. The produce in season during Fall is just waiting to be plopped in your oven; big, juicy grapes, luscious apples, pumpkins and winter squashes galore. Check out the list below which highlights some of Autumn’s best produce to look forward to, along with recipe inspirations.
Try roasted apples with cinnamon and nutmeg, or try your hand at a homemade apple butter!
Boil artichokes and then let the excess water drain out. Fire up your grill and get some nice char marks on halved artichokes for a warming, smokey flavor. Serve alongside a creamy dip.
Toss arugula with sliced pears, pecans and crumbled goat cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette. Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t have salad!
Thinly shave brussles sprouts into a slaw consistency and sautee with diced bacon. Finish with a drizzle of sweet balsamic glaze.
Mixed peeled and cubed butternut squash with olive oil, curry powder, a sprinkle of sugar, salt and pepper and roast at 400 degrees F for 20-30 minutes until soft on the inside and golden on the outside.
Boil cranberries with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and strain to make a cranberry simple syrup. Strain and mix with sparkling cider or champagne to toast during Thanksgiving.
Slice figs thinly and add them atop your favorite pizza crust along with fresh goat cheese, prosciutto and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake until golden.
Mix lemon juice, olive oil, fresh garlic, salt and pepper to make a salad dressing. Cut arugula off of the center stem and chop into bite-sized pieces. Mix with dressing and let sit a half hour before serving. Top with cherry tomatoes, parmesan, pumpkin seeds and seasoned bread crumbs.
Saute thinly sliced leeks in butter and add to cooked quinoa along with parmesan cheese and craisins for a bright yet satisfying side dish.
Mix chopped pears with romaine lettuce, crumbled feta cheese, pecans and a raspberry vinaigrette.
Pomegranate seeds are fun in recipes, but they are so superb on their own. The easiest way to empty the seeds of a pomegranate is to halve the pomegranate and submerge it in a deep bowl of water. Carefully pry the clusters out from the pomegranate- the water makes it easier for them to loosen and it also helps to separate the white membranes from the seeds.
Try pumpkin cupcakes! Mix pumpkin puree with your favorite vanilla cake recipe and top with cinnamon and nutmeg frosting.
Enjoy the yummy produce and the beautiful Autumn weather!