I'm having a housewarming party in late October and would love some suggestions on a few "main dish" items that go with a Fall theme. I'm already planning to do some homemade hot spiced cider, caramel apples and doughnuts from a local cider mill for sweet items, and some roasted pumpkin seeds for snacking.
I should mention I am a vegetarian, but all suggestions don't need to be meat free, as I am definitely in the minority! I'm expecting anywhere from 20 to 30 guests, so something easily adaptable for a larger crowd would be appreciated.
Sent by Laura
Laura, we love this sort of question! Your menu sounds fabulous so far. Caramel apples, doughnuts, and cider are all fall classics. In keeping with that classic autumn flavor, here are a few suggestions.
• White beans with caramelized onions
— This is a fabulous vegetarian dish (leave the bacon out of the onions) and it's different and utterly delicious. Also, it's easily scaled for a crowd.
• Bratwursts with sauerkraut — Taking inspiration from the Martha Stewart menu
pictured above, we really like this option for non-vegetarian guests. You can grill or broil high-quality brats or sausages from your favorite butcher, and they're easy for guests to eat while balancing a plate in the other hand.
Readers? More October main dish ideas for Laura?
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(Images: Martha Stewart; Faith Durand)