If the cooler weather and changing leaves were not enough to convince us that fall is in full swing, a quick glance at our favorite food blogs will do the trick. We've noticed an uptick in cozy, comforting recipes featuring fall favorites like pumpkin, Brussels sprouts, apple, squash, and sweet potato.
Here are 10 perfectly autumnal recipes from some of our favorite bloggers to get you in the seasonal spirit.
1. Crockpot Cider Braised Short Ribs with Sage Butter Mashed Potatoes from Half Baked Harvest
This is cozy comfort food at its finest. The short ribs are slow-cooked with onions, apple cider, and thyme until meltingly tender, and then served over creamy sage butter mashed potatoes.
2. Autumn Apple Bourbon Fizz from How Sweet Eats
This is the perfect cocktail to serve at your next fall get-together. Rimmed with cinnamon-sugar, filled with apple butter and bourbon, and garnished with fresh figs, this drink practically screams autumn.
3. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili from The Recipe Critic
This hearty chili basically cooks itself — just add browned ground beef, beans, tomatoes, pumpkin purée, and spices to your slow cooker and let it do its thing. Don't forget the sour cream and avocado for topping!
4. Butternut Apple Cranberry Sandwich from Love and Lemons
If you're looking for a hearty vegetarian sandwich to bring on a hike or to fuel you through a pumpkin-carving session, look no further. Between the tender roasted butternut squash, crunchy cabbage slaw, and crisp apple slices, it's the perfect mix of textures and flavors.
5. Brown Butter Brussels Sprout Salad from The Almond Eater
Nutty brown butter, salty Parmesan, and crispy pancetta make everything better — and this Brussels sprout salad features all three! Paired with peppery arugula and tart balsamic vinegar, this is a supremely satisfying salad and would make a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table.
6. Bourbon Apple Fritters from Broma Bakery
Use your apple-picking haul wisely — and by wisely, I mean in these apple fritters. You can't go wrong with apples, cinnamon, sugar, and fried dough. Plus, these fritters feature bourbon both in the batter and glaze!
7. Cozy Autumn Wild Rice Soup from Gimme Some Oven
This soup can be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker or Instant Pot, so it gives you lots of options! With nutty wild rice, hearty fall vegetables, and a creamy base, this vegetarian soup will warm your soul all season long.
8. Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pancakes from Ambitious Kitchen
Put on your coziest sweater, light your favorite candle, and whip up a batch of these chai-spiced sweet potato pancakes. With whole-wheat flour, olive oil, and almond milk, this is a wholesome yet still-decadent way to start a weekend morning.
9. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese from Damn Delicious
This butternut squash mac and cheese has the most gorgeous, irresistible orange hue. And while a bowl of creamy mac and cheese is hard to top, adding crispy bacon definitely does not hurt.
10. Autumn Grain Bowls from Plays Well with Butter
Grain bowls are perfect for making ahead and taking with you all week long to work. This one features kale, wild rice, sweet potato, apple, chicken, walnuts, and a maple-balsamic vinaigrette. It's satisfying enough to keep you full until dinner.