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The Ultimate Fall Dinner Party Menu

Sep 25 2014 - 3:15am

If you're hosting a dinner party this Fall, consider the menu done. Fitting for an elegant, rustic affair, this menu is filled with seasonal flavors guaranteed to impress. Start with a gingersnap cocktail, and end with an epic dessert of apple crisp baked apples. In between those crowd-pleasers, expect to find a little bit of everything, including hoisin braised short ribs. You can do no wrong with this menu. Click through and consider your "hostess with the mostess" status complete.

Photos: Emily Bibb and Nicole Perry

Gingersnap Cocktail

Smooth, spicy, and warming, this gingersnap cocktail [1] will get the job done. To many a surprise, it steers clear of syrupy-sweet territory thanks to a heavy-handed dose of bitters, making it an all-around crowd-pleaser.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Rosemary-Sesame Pecans

Rosemary-sesame pecans [2] are so easy and low-stress that you can whip them up in a flash! Crisp and crunchy, with a hit of breath-freshening rosemary, these nuts are dangerous and a great snack to serve when guests first arrive.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Mushroom and Brie Bruschetta

Fresh thyme — a lot of it — is a key component in mushroom and brie bruschetta [3]. It's fitting for a Fall dinner because it's both rustic and elegant at the same time.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Celery and Parmesan Salad

This celery and parmesan salad [4] takes boring celery to the nth degree. It's also a great dish to make ahead since the flavors continue to get better with time. Top with parmesan for a sharp, savory bite.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Roasted Butternut Squash

What's a Fall dinner without butternut squash [5]? Serve it up as a side dish seasoned with fresh sage, thyme, or rosemary. Complete with a drizzle of maple syrup for sweetness. You can't go wrong!

Photo: Nicole Perry

Braised Red Cabbage

If you're looking for a unique dish that will impress your guests, turn to braised red cabbage [6]. The tart and heavily spiced cabbage will be devoured, no doubt.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Hoisin Braised Short Ribs

Slightly sweet, tangy, and full of meaty flavor, these hoisin braised short ribs [7] are worthy of a gourmet steak house, especially when served up with mashed potatoes. It's a "stick to your ribs" dish that is sure to please on a crisp Fall night.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Apple Crisp Baked Apples

Combine two American dessert classics, apple crisp and baked apples, and the result is promising. Between the oats, fresh spices, and ice cream, these apple crisp baked apples [8] are bound to be a hit.

Photo: Nicole Perry

The Tablescape

What's all this good food without a fitting tablescape? These easy entertaining ideas [9] include everything from the centerpiece to the place setting so your presentation is perfect and no detail goes overlooked!

Photos: Emily Bibb


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