31 Recipes to Make in October
Delicata Squash and Sausage Crostata with Ricotta and Honey
In their book Wine Food, sommelier Dana Frank and recipe developer Andrea Slonecker pair funky, bright wines with flavorful, vegetable-forward dishes. They compare crostatas and galettes to pizza, making them the perfect weeknight dinner. This version layers fennel-spiced sausage, chile, delicata squash, and honey for a dinner that pairs well with a northern Italian Dolcetto.
Concord Grape Jelly
When you have an abundance of juicy sweet Concord grapes, this superb jelly is quick to make and sings of grape flavor.
Warm Spinach and Sunchoke Salad
This tasty salad from F&W Culinary Director-at-Large Justin Chapple nails the texture game, with chewy spinach, soft sunchokes, crunchy apples, and crumbly cheese.
Date Scones with Fleur de Sel Whipped Butter
Buttermilk Pancakes with Quince-and-Cranberry Compote
Endive-and-Manchego Salad with Smoked Cocoa Walnuts
In the fall, when squash and pumpkins are in their prime, make this addictive pumpkin butter your go-to add-in. This silky preserve toes the line between sweet and savory: Try it on toast with cream cheese, in whipped cream, or melted into a mixture of sage and brown butter for an autumnal pasta sauce.
Red Cabbage, Apple, and Fromage Blanc Salad
Creamy and tangy fromage blanc forms the backbone of this simple cabbage salad for a crunchy side dish or a palate-refreshing second course.
Pasta with Pumpkin Brown Butter Sauce
A classic browned butter and sage sauce gets a boost of fall flavor from pumpkin butter. Be generous with the Parmigiano-Reggiano—its salty, savory bite adds the perfect hit of umami flavor to this decadent pasta dish.
Caramelized Onion and Bread Soup with Brûléed Blue Cheese
In their book Wine Food, sommelier Dana Frank and recipe developer Andrea Slonecker pair funky, bright wines with flavorful, vegetable-forward dishes. In this vegetarian version of classic French onion soup, blue cheese and oloroso sherry bring new layers of flavor and depth. Notes of toasted nuts and fruit compote in the sherry pair well with caramelized onions, and its briny acidity cuts through the richness of the cheese.
Roast Chicken with Sauce Chasseur
Sauce Chasseur is classically thickened with a rich demi-glace, but this version uses cream which allows the flavors of the herbs, tomatoes, and acidic wine to come through.
Black Cod with Mushrooms, Bacon, and Red Wine Sauce
A sweet and spicy take on Bordeaux-style red wine sauce makes this tender, flaky fish extra flavorful. Store-bought veal demi-glace is the secret to the sauce’s depth; look for it in specialty stores or online. Mushrooms and onions add unctuous texture.
Soft Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Truffles
Light and fluffy, these eggs are gently seasoned and generously perfumed by fresh black truffles. For the perfect creamy, tender bite, pull the eggs off of the heat before they set; they will continue to cook after they leave the stove.
Chestnut Crème Brûlée
Bourbon-Pecan-Apple Pie with Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Chef and cookbook author Alexander Smalls spikes his pecan pie with sweet chunks of apple and just enough bourbon to add a kick. Fuji apples are perfect for this pie; they bake up soft but retain their texture. Braeburn and Honeycrisp also work well.
Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Crème Fraîche
Roasting the butternut with honey and a touch of salt intensifies the natural sweetness of the squash. Take time browning the onions; cooking them low and slow deepens the foundational flavor of this hearty soup.
Whole Roasted Pumpkin with Green Beans and Red Curry Rice
Long Island cheese pumpkins have deep, vibrant orange flesh and a sweet, nutty flavor. They roast up smooth and creamy, making them the ideal squash for pies, purees, or for use as edible vessels for soups and curries. Here, rice is cooked to a risotto-like texture inside the pumpkin, along with red curry paste and coconut milk. Serve it as a hearty and warming main course or as a side dish for roast fish or pork.
Brussels Sprouts with Shrimp Sauce
Born in a food stall in 2005, Xi’an Famous Foods is now a small empire in New York, with 13 locations serving Western Chinese dishes to legions of hungry fans. Jason Wang, who runs the business with his father, David Shi, shared this family recipe for Brussels sprouts with shrimp sauce. Here, briny, umami-rich dried shrimp and chicken broth cook down into a savory glaze, yielding a quick, deeply savory side dish.
Sweet-and-Smoky Grilled Cheese Toastie
A combination of chipotle-spiked béchamel and nutty Comté cheese melt together to create the rich, creamy center in this pressed “toastie” sandwich.
Honey-Pear Sweet Cream Galette
A mix of gluten-free rice flours and arrowroot delivers a crust that is flaky, buttery, and crisp. The floral sweetness from the honey and pears is nicely balanced by tangy cream cheese.
Crackling Coppa Roast with Fennel and Onions
Ask your butcher for pork shoulder with an untrimmed fat cap (about 3/4 inch thick) for this recipe; the fat renders as the pork roasts, simultaneously turning crispy while basting the meat with its flavorful juices.
Farro Salad with Roasted Root Vegetables
Crispy roasted root vegetables like parsnips and celery root add an earthy, caramelized depth to this simple grain salad made with tender, chewy farro. Resist the urge to stir the vegetables during cooking—they’ll brown better if left undisturbed.
Forming these pretzels can seem tricky at first glance, but once you have the dough ropes in your hands, it flows like clockwork.
Carolina Fish, Shrimp, and Okra Stew with Black Rice
Chef and cookbook author Alexander Smalls builds rich flavor into this Lowcountry stew with a quick homemade stock using shrimp shells. Worcestershire adds an additional hit of umami, while fresh okra helps thicken the broth. Read more about Alexander Smalls and his epic Harlem dinner parties here.
Smashed Sage-Butter Potatoes
Smashing steamed potatoes creates craggy edges that soak up plenty of the aromatic sage-infused browned butter. Pick out similar-sized potatoes to ensure even cooking.
Coconut Chicken Adobo
The addition of coconut milk, while not part of every adobo recipe, softens the bright vinegar in this version inspired by Master Sommelier June Rodil, who adds just enough to make the dish super wine-friendly. “I was born in the Philippines, and this is the staple there. Like, if you can’t make it, we’re talking disinheritance," Rodil says.
Buttermilk Macaroni and Cheese with Baby Kale
A quick sauté renders baby kale leaves perfectly tender, allowing them to almost melt into the buttermilk-enriched béchamel in chef and cookbook author Alexander Smalls' riff on mac and cheese. For a smooth sauce, make sure all of the dairy is at room temperature.
Pork Chop au Poivre with Red Wine–Shallot Sauce
Steak who? This bone-in pork chop riff on the classic French au poivre preparation is so good, we may never go back to beef.
This fall-forward pesto bolsters traditional basil with Lacinato kale for extra heartiness. Winemaker Clare Carver recommends choosing a mild, smooth extra-virgin olive oil here for a buttery richness that complements the toasted walnuts and balances the garlic. Try this pesto with your favorite pasta, or serve it as an appetizer as Carver did at her Harvest Feast at Big Table Farm, on toasted baguette slices.
Braised Duck Legs with Spaetzle and Mushroom Ragout
Inspired by German celebratory harvest meals from centuries past, this comforting braised dish trades the traditional goose legs for easier-to-source duck. A beurre manié—a quick mash of softened butter and flour—is the key to thickening the delicious sauce in this braise. Buttery-crisp spaetzle and saucy mushrooms round out the dish.
Pear-Apricot Rum Cooler
Sweet, floral pears and jammy dried apricots lighten up the rich caramel notes of the dark rum in this fall-forward cocktail. Don’t skip the crushed ice; it melts just enough without watering down the flavor.