Don’t get us wrong, we’re all about pumpkin spice, but there’s a whole season full of fall dinner ideas out there waiting to be eaten. We’ve put together our very own list of fall menu ideas to help you and your taste buds get into the spirit of the season.
A day that starts with pancakes is a good day. Sweet, filling and, most importantly, delicious, they’re the perfect breakfast for the colder months (and all the other months). Make them fall-friendly by smothering them in maple syrup or adding a dollop of honey or get creative with some strawberries, whipped cream, and cinnamon.
What better way to fuel up for a long day of pumpkin picking, leaf jumping and latte drinking than with a big bowl of oatmeal? Make it more exciting with some seasonal berries, a little bit of maple syrup, a sprinkling of cinnamon or a spoonful of fruit jelly. Cranberries and raisins are perfect when you want it extra sweet, and you can get it with your choice of milk, cream or dairy-free milks to suit your taste.
Is there any word more heartwarming than “casserole”? The word originally comes for the French for “pan”—which basically means that you can put anything you want in a pan and call it a casserole. But if you’re looking for fall food ideas, try a baked eggplant casserole or a warming combination such as beef and rosemary or, for the vegetarians, sage and squash.
Spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti carbonara, baked spaghetti, courgetti—there’s really no bad way to do spaghetti. Pasta makes the perfect comfort food for the fall and you can make it extra-seasonal with a warming option like chili or harvest vegetables such as squash or sweet potato.
Mac and cheese
Let’s be honest, it’s always a good time for mac and cheese, but fall is an extra excuse to eat it by the bucketload. Creamy, hearty and oh-so satisfying, it’s a childhood favorite turned adulthood favorite that’s a great way to warm up during the colder months. Order it with a little something extra such as bacon, spinach or prosciutto, if you’re feeling fancy, to give it a grown-up twist.
There’s no such thing as bad fries but there are really, really good fries and we’d definitely put sweet potato fries in that category. Make the most of seasonal vegetables and swap your normal side for fall-flavored alternatives, such as a portion of sweet potato fries or sweet potato wedges.
Time to pack away the grill; it’s roasting season. Squash, zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes are all great in a fall feast and can accompany pretty much any dish. Sage, rosemary and garlic are all popular seasonings for this time of year, or even a touch of cayenne pepper or paprika when you want something warming. Getting your five-a-day has never been so delicious.
At this point, fall and pumpkin pie are basically synonymous. The secret to a great pumpkin pie is a thick but crumbly short crust tart and just the right amount of spice - but don’t worry, you can just order it in. And don’t forget the dollop of whipped cream on top; it makes it extra delicious and extra Instagrammable.
What can we say? It’s a good season for pie. Apple pie is pumpkin pie’s fruity cousin who equally deserves a place at the Thanksgiving table. You can combine it with complementary flavors, such as tangy blackcurrant or warming cinnamon, or keep it simple and just sprinkle the top with an extra handful of brown sugar for the perfect finish.
The worst thing about not being a kid at Halloween? No free caramel apples. Luckily, the best thing about being an adult at Halloween is that you have your own money and can buy all the caramel apples you want. You can wrap it in a crepe or slice it on top a pancake to make you feel more grown-up, or, if apples aren’t your thing, try the related caramel banana or caramel any-kind-of-fruit-you-like.
There’s so much fall food to try that it almost makes us feel okay about the fact that no one wants to give us free Halloween candy anymore. Uber Eats makes it even easier to get into the fall comfort food season even if you’re short on time.