While summer boasts bright and tangy citrus flavors and winter is associated with heavy, hearty comfort food filled with rich savoriness, fall recipes land somewhere in between. The transitional season offers up delightful produce like squash, pumpkin, and apples, often highlighted with fresh herbs and spices. Yes, many of the dishes are warm and heavier than a summer salad, but they still maintain subtle hints of milder weather and lighter flavors.
With the season in full swing, we turned to the one place we knew would be full of fall holiday recipes simple enough to pull off without much experience and tasty enough to impress any crowd. We're talking about Instagram—more specifically, our hashtag #MyDomaineEats. It's where our thoughtful followers share their best homemade recipes and show off their food styling and photography skills. If you're ever in need of recipe inspiration, we highly recommend taking a scroll through the latest posts.
That's exactly what we did in order to source a few delicious fall holiday recipes just in time for Thanksgiving. Ahead, discover seasonal main courses, side dishes, and desserts fitting for a fall celebration, all from our very own readers. Here are 9 recipes you'll want to try your hand at this year.
Vegan Potato Gratin With Cashew Béchamel
Alexandra Shytsman of The New Baguette took to Instagram to share her healthy alternative to a Thanksgiving classic. It's a vegan potato gratin that trades in heavy cream, butter, and cheese for a cashew milk–based vegan béchamel sauce and nutritional yeast with miso. You'll be left with a creamy potato side dish ready to serve up with the rest of your Thanksgiving feast.
Black Lentil, Bulgur, Butternut Squash, and Kale Chili
Another vegan concoction, this recipe for black lentil, bulgur, butternut squash, and kale chili comes from Maggie of Warm & Rosy. The vegetable-based chili is perfect for a brisk fall night. With black lentil and bulgur wheat, the dish tastes hearty and satisfying, even though there's no meat to be found in the recipe. Serve it up with a dollop of Greek yogurt and chives for the final touch.
Brûléed Pumpkin Pie
This mouthwatering dessert comes from the couple behind the food blog Jernej Kitchen. According to Maja and Jernej, the dish—a brûléed pumpkin pie— simply tastes like the holidays, making it the perfect fall holiday recipe. It starts with a flaky homemade tart crust that's filled with spiced pumpkin filling and topped with a thin layer of sugar. The sugar turns to a delicate layer of caramel once its been brûléed, giving the dish something truly special.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
These roasted garlic mashed potatoes from The Modern Proper might be the perfect fall side dish. It's the roasted garlic cloves that make all the difference. Once tender and golden brown, combine with boiled potatoes, bay leaves, melted butter, and milk for a creamy, flavorful side to go with the rest of your holiday fare.
Apple Crumb Bars with Salted Pecan Caramel
For a fun, messy dessert made for sharing, try your hand at this recipe for apple crumb bars with salted pecan caramel from Kayla Howey of The Original Dish. When it comes to fall baking, this recipe ticks all the boxes. It calls for a sweet apple filling, a crumbly streusel mixture, and a drizzle of homemade salted pecan caramel.
Smoked Sausage Potato Soup
A spin on a Portuguese dish called Caldo Verde, this smoked sausage potato soup from Dale Gray of The Daley Plate makes for a comforting fall dinner. It calls for your choice of smoked sausage, blistered potatoes, kale, and a flavorful broth seasoned with garlic, red pepper flakes, saffron, and paprika. You'll be left with a warm, fragrant dish that easily serves a crowd.
Butternut Squash, Sage, and Bacon Chicken Pot Pie
Nothing says fall quite like a wholesome, hearty chicken pot pie. This butternut squash, sage, and bacon chicken pot pie from Taylor Harbin of All Purpose Flour Child makes for a delicious weeknight dinner or special holiday meal. It requires a homemade pie crust made mostly from flour and butter, along with a filling containing bacon, diced onion, cubed butternut squash, chicken breast, chicken stock, and fresh herbs like sage and thyme.
Tomato Bisque with Fried Cheese
Whether served as a side or as the main dish, this tomato bisque with fried cheese is a delightful fall holiday recipe. From The Modern Proper, the soup calls for onion, carrots, tomatoes, cream, chicken stock, bay leaves, and seasoning. For the real showstopper, you'll also make fried cheese cubes to top the dish. Simple enough, they're made from cheddar cheese, panko, and flour cooked in oil.
Roasted Delicata Squash Couscous
For a fresh and healthy fall holiday side dish, whip up a batch of roasted delicata squash couscous, shared by Paige Adams of Last Ingredient. Not only is the couscous brimming with fall flavors from the squash, maple, parsley, pomegranate, and walnuts, but it also looks fitting for the season. It pops with shades of yellow, orange, and red for an impressive side.