Seasonal vegetables are closely related to the early fall season days. Use all your harvest to make delicious dishes. But don’t forget to make the best side dishes with your own version. From saucy mushrooms and creamy casseroles to roasted root veggies and sweet squash, these easy, yet impressive side dishes will help make autumn dinners and celebrations extra delicious.
01. Baked Maple and Brown Sugar Butternut Squash
This vibrant vegetable side has a wonderfully sweet and rich flavor, thanks to the butternut squash roasting in the oven with a glaze made from brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s kid-friendly and makes a great side dish at holiday meals and family dinners served with ham, sausages, or just about any meat of your choice.
02. Mushrooms Bordelaise
Hearty and rustic, this classic recipe for mushrooms Bordelaise is exactly what you need for a traditional steak dinner. The earthy, rich mushrooms help enhance the savory flavors of any roasted beef and it’s great mixed into mashed potatoes on your plate, too. Add a glass of red wine for the ultimate restaurant-worthy meal.
03. Cauliflower Stuffing
Let cauliflower take center stage in your fall stuffing. A simple recipe that is not much different than the traditional dish, cauliflower stuffing offers all the favorite flavors and ease of preparation. Serve it during the holidays or add it to the weekend dinner table, it’s a healthy and delicious option for any meal.
04. Crispy Fried Pumpkin With Salted Egg Yolk
This pumpkin recipe involves a bit of advance planning—you’ll need to salt-cure egg yolks for a few weeks before you make the dish—but the foresight is absolutely worth your while. Paired with crispy pumpkin chunks, fragrant curry leaves, and spicy pops of birds eye chile, the yolks provide creamy rich relief. This dish will have you pining for pumpkin season all year long.
05. Warm, Cheesy Brussels Sprouts Salad
This might be called a “salad,” but that’s only because it’s full of punchy, salad components (Castelvetrano olives, marinated artichokes, and roasted red peppers, to name a few). Otherwise, sautéed shredded Brussels sprouts are covered in Grana Padano cheese and a toasty bread crumb topping, recalling gratin-y vibes that are 100 percent welcome at this time of year.
06. Braised Leeks
If you grow leeks in your home garden every year in order to make this dish (that’s how special it is!). To celebrate the allium fully, they let it star in this buttery, brothy preparation. Feel free to source your leeks from the market, and braise away to glory.
07. Fresh Herb Polenta With Parsnip Chips And Maple Butter
Creamy, smooth polenta that’s scented with woody rosemary, then topped with fragrant, caramelly maple butter and golden-brown parsnip chips. It’s simple, comforting, and can be adapted an infinite number of ways—perhaps with those caramelized mushrooms from above, or next to the chickpea and chorizo dish.
Do whatever you want with vegetables that you harvest in your own home yard. Whether you’re looking for something to go with a weeknight chicken dinner or celebration-worthy accompaniment to a holiday main, don’t be surprised if you find yourself turning to these recipes again and again.