9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes

Autumn is just one of those seasons that involves special foods and dishes that we don’t necessarily enjoy other times of the year. And you know we could never just pass up the opportunity for a culinary celebration of all the fall foods! Two weeks ago we shared 17 Autumn Desserts that are sure to delight, and last week it was 14 Flavorful Fall Sides. As much as we might like to just have sides and desserts, main dishes are pretty important when it comes to dinner, so today we give you 9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes.

Chicken and Poultry for Fall

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17 Autumn Desserts to Welcome the Season!

I just love fall. The cool crisp air. The gorgeous vibrant colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. This collection of 17 Autumn Desserts is proof of my love for baking treats with these ingredients.

17 Autumn Desserts

 

 

Pumpkins are for more than Decorating!

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Easy Cranberry Strudel

Cranberry Strudel

Strudel is a beautiful dessert to serve to company.  And this one happens to be easy enough for a weeknight treat too.

It’s an adaptation of an old recipe I have for Cranberry Braid Bread.  For that recipe, you make the yeast dough by hand.  It’s fun and not too hard, but it is time consuming.

This version makes use of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.  No hand making dough required.  Puff pastry is fantastic, because it bakes up to impressive flaky layers.

This strudel is filled with sweet-tart cranberry filling.  Start with a bag of fresh cranberries, some sugar and orange juice.  It cooks up easily.  I drizzled orange glaze over the top for an extra dose of sweetness.

Cranberry Strudel makes a great alternative to pie for Christmas or Thanksgiving.  It would also round out a brunch nicely.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cranberry Strudel ingr

Easy Cranberry Strudel

Ingredients

  • 12 oz package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tbs. orange juice

Instructions

  1. Rinse cranberries.
  2. Combine sugar and cornstarch in 3 quart saucepan.
  3. Stir in orange juice and cranberries.
  4. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly for 10-15 minutes. Cranberries will crush and thicken.
  5. Remove from heat, cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Place thawed puff pastry on parchment lined baking pans.
  7. Spread half of cranberry filling down center section of each pastry sheet.
  8. Cut 1″ slits in the side sections of pastry sheets.
  9. Fold over filling, alternating the sides to create a braid.
  10. Stir water and beaten egg together and brush tops of pastries.
  11. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and cool.
  13. Stir orange juice and powdered sugar together to make glaze and drizzle over top of pastries.

Here’s a photo of the assembly process:

Cranberry Strudel assembly

It’s quick and easy to make a pretty braid with puff pastry.

Cranberry Strudel - it's so easy!

I’m always looking for ways to spark new creative ideas with my recipes.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to check out more recipes at www.puffpastry.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cranberry Fudge Pie

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cranberries 2012

Of all the seasonal foods found at this time of year, I think cranberries look the most holiday-like.  They add so much color and flavor to recipes.

I’ve even seen people decorate with them.  I’m a notoriously negligent and bad decorator, so I have no ideas for you.  Maybe someone will link up something easy and pretty for us.

In just a couple of weeks, I’m going to get to see a cranberry bog and I’m super excited.  Jim and I are heading to Disney World to celebrate our 25th anniversary (2 months early).  The EPCOT  Food & Wine Festival will be going on and as part of that, there is a cranberry bog.  How cool!

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Low Carb Cranberry Sauce

This is a guest post from Dawn Farias.  She is going to be sharing her favorite low carb dishes with us in a new monthly series.

Cranberry sauce is a staple around the holidays and is a snap to convert to a more low-carb version.  You simply find a recipe you like and substitute your artificial sweetener of choice.  The trick is not adding too much because doing so can make your final product fairly bitter.  But in the final analysis, I suppose it’s all a matter of ‘taste’.  (Yes, I went there!)


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White Chocolate Brownies and Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway

My name for these bars would be White Chocolate Cranberry Bars, but the Tate’s Bake Shop cookbook by Kathleen King calls them White Chocolate Brownies.

By either name, they are delicious.  The bars are dense and sweet, but not too sweet.  You can definitely taste the white chocolate in these and the cranberries are a perfect complement.

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Cranberry Pecan Sticky Rolls and My Trip to the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Test Kitchen

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Cranberries are a natural holiday food, so I created two recipes featuring these beautiful gems.  Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze is the recipe I chose to enter, only because I was afraid the roll dough in this recipe would not have time to rise in the 2-hour time limit.

But the rolls are a cinch to make and have all the sticky-sweet goodness you expect from a sticky roll.  As a bonus, they’re studded with tart, red cranberries making them perfect for the Holidays. [Read more…]

Apples and Cranberries Baked in a Pumpkin

I’m in love with this pumpkin recipe.  I dream about it.  I’ve even eaten it for breakfast.  Twice.

It tastes seriously wonderful.  Sweet, spiced apples and cranberries add so much flavor to the baked pumpkin.  On top of that, it looks impressive.  I’m not known for making beautiful food, so this is something to be proud of.

I am known for creating simple recipes and this does fall into that category.  It can be ready for the oven in less than 20 minutes and that includes about 13 minutes of trying to cut the top off the pumpkin. [Read more…]