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The Ultimate Fall Dinner Party Menu

Oct 28 2013 - 3:55pm

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!


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