I think we can all agree that our food palettes change drastically upon the arrival of autumn. We go from summer barbecues to autumnal soups, bakes and roasts. I’m an avid soup eater – it’s probably one of my favorite foods.
My dutch oven has been my savior during my cooking endeavors. It’s from Le Creuset and I had coveted one since living in France. I was lucky enough to receive one for my birthday last year and the rest is history. What I love about it is that I can cook most recipes all in the dutch oven itself – kind of that “one pan” feel which makes for a happy me when it comes time to do the dishes 😉
I’m not cooking as much as I used to due to my current living arrangements but I can’t wait to be in my own place again cooking away! Here’s a few recipes I adore making during this time of year!
- White Chicken Chili – a family member made this for me during the autumn one year when I was a kid and it stuck. I’ve always been one for a bit of a kick in my food and the green chiles really do make all the difference. It’s easy to make as well so you’re not stuck in the kitchen all day!
- Sausage Rolls – in America, most people call these pigs in a blanket. I call them sausage rolls and apparently so does everyone outside of the US. I had followed this recipe from Jamie Oliver when I first made them and they were amazing…they didn’t even last 24 hours. After flicking through Tanya’s Christmas by Tanya Burr, she has her own rendition of the classic treat so I’ll be sure to make them this holiday season!
- Turkey Leek Pie – this has become my all-time favorite recipe. Although it’s a lot of work and takes a good while to cook, it is definitely worth the fruits of your labor. The idea behind the recipe was to use left over turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas to make this pie but I don’t wait that long.
- Spicy Smoked Sausage and Alfredo Bake – this one is pretty simple as well as it only takes about forty minutes to make and bake. It’s got a nice kick to it and the home made alfredo sauce is to die for. I’m no cooking aficionado so this recipe is both delicious and simple.
- Chicken Gnocchi Soup – I don’t go to Olive Garden very often, but when I do I make sure to enjoy a bowl (or two) of their chicken gnocchi soup. I decided to search for a dupe recipe one day because I was really craving it and couldn’t be bothered to go to the restaurant. The recipe I found is genuinely identical and it’s not difficult to make. If you’re not afraid to try your hand at making soup, give this one a go!
This time of year always brings out the best in things – people, food and much more. I can’t wait for the holidays to draw closer so I can really delve into the depths of hearty food!
Do you guys have any special recipes you love during this time of year? I’d love to see some of them!