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.
I’m not going to lie. I was skeptical when my sister told me about Slow Cooker Beer Brats. I’m not a fan of beer and the thought of cooking a brat in it didn’t sound too good.
But she said they turn out so flavorful – not tasting like beer, but just so good. The fact that they cook in the slow cooker was a plus for me too. I love a good slow cooker recipe!
So I tried them and my sister was right. You’ve got to make these!
We topped them with ketchup, mustard, diced onion, mild banana peppers. I was out of relish or we would have added that too. These brats can handle a lot of toppings.
One thing that surprised me is how the brats browed during the cook time. I didn’t expect that since they were cooking partially submerged in the beer.
This recipe couldn’t be easier since it has only two basic ingredients. This is summer cooking at its simplest – 2-minute prep, the slow cooker doesn’t heat up your house, go have fun while it cooks – my kind of recipe!
Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…] about Slow Cooker Beer Brats (or Italian Sausages)
Spaghetti or pasta is a favorite weeknight go-to dinner for many families. It is for us too.
I used to reach for a jar of prepared pasta sauce, but once I figured out that homemade pasta sauce didn’t have to take all day to make, I rarely grab the jar.
Instead, I use some version of this recipe. It starts with a can of Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes. Well, actually I started this version with the Italian sausage, but the crushed tomatoes are the main ingredient.
The sauce comes together in the time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta. It’s so easy! Homemade is so much better than store-bought and it’s just about as easy as opening a jar.
Italian sausage and plenty of herbs spice up the good tomato flavor. It’s fantastic over any type of pasta.
Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…] about Quick and Easy Homemade Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce
This recipe came about by accident, but it was a happy accident. I intended to make potato soup for dinner, but the bag of potatoes that I thought was mostly full was only about half way full. I knew I needed to add something to the potatoes or we wouldn’t have enough soup.
Adding corn, cheese and bacon seemed like a good solution. We loved the result!
I didn’t take an ingredient photo, but these are all very common ingredients. The homemade soup is quick to make and perfect for a winter (or cool, spring) day.
Cheesy Corn and Potato Chowder with Bacon
- 2 cups diced potatoes
- 32 oz chicken broth
- 3 Tbs. butter
- 3 Tbs. flour
- 2 cups milk warmed
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups frozen corn
- 1 can cream corn
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb. bacon cooked and crumbled
- Cook potatoes in chicken broth in a large pot till potatoes are tender.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet melt the butter.
- Stir flour into butter and cook for 1 minute.
- Whisk milk into the skillet till smooth.
- Continue heating over medium heat till sauce begins to bubble and thicken.
- Remove sauce from heat and stir in cheese.
- Once potatoes are tender, add frozen and creamed corn to the soup pot.
- Stir in the cheese sauce.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat over medium heat till soup is hot, being careful not to let it boil.
- Serve in bowls, topped with crumbled bacon.
You’re going to love this slow cooker recipe from Kate! It’s perfect comfort food for fall and winter.
We’re having a beautiful fall here – cool mornings that turn into warm afternoons and so many gorgeous leaves. I’ve been spending a lot of time outside so I’ve been adapting some of my favorite stove-top dinners into slow cooker meals to make dinner easier. This is a meal I’ve been making forever but I’d never tried it in the slow cooker because I wasn’t sure how the rice would come out.
It was great! And so easy – a dump and go, my favorite kind of slow cooker recipe. It starts with the trinity of all jambalaya recipes – onion, celery and garlic – and then adds a few more simple ingredients to make a great dish. The flavors here are just a little spicy – if you like things more mild you can decrease the amount of chili powder. And if it starts to thicken up too much, you can stir in some additional chicken stock.
Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:
Slow Cooker Sausage Jambalaya
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 celery stalk diced
- 1 medium red bell pepper diced
- 2 cups cups crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
- 3/4 cup uncooked brown rice
- 1 lb. precooked Andouille sausage coin sliced
- In the slow cooker, stir together the onion, garlic, celery, red pepper and spices. Stir in tomatoes and broth. Stir in brown rice until thoroughly combined. Fold in sausage.
- Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
Kate is a home cook and mom from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.