Since we've had a taste of cool fall weather, we can't stop thinking about all the seasonal produce coming up! Autumn in Central Texas brings tons of goodies to the farmers markets: squash, sweet potatoes, pears and plenty of other produce that enjoys milder temperatures. We have fifteen recipes for you to make with this pre-winter bounty, now that the market stands are overflowing once again.
Food blog Love & Lemons is known for its in-season recipes, thanks to the hard work of couple Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews. Their inclusion of sweet potatoes and radishes in these tacos makes for a perfect fall meal.
If you're looking to serve a main meat dish besides turkey for your Halloween or Thanksgiving meals this year, try out this fantastic recipe courtesy of Chef Will Packwood.
Though this salad is simple, it packs a delicious, flavorful punch. Spice up your in-season kale with the intense vinaigrette recipe, and feel free to add other toppings as desired.
If you love the cooking at local restaurant and butcher shop Dai Due, try making this dish at home for a similar flavor! This recipe comes courtesy of Chef Jesse Griffiths and uses chard, which is now in season.
5. Juniper Wine
Juniper berries are at their best in the fall once they've become ripe and dark purple, and the juniper tree is abundant in Central Texas. Its berries are what give gin its signature taste, so if you're a fan of the spirit, you'll love this recipe for juniper-infused wine.
This poetic recipe comes from a member of Austin's Typewriter Rodeo—We recommend giving it a read whether or not you love a good crumble. This rich, satisfying dessert is sure to be a hit at autumn potlucks and at home.
Freekeh, fire-roasted green wheat, is a perfect canvas for autumn vegetables, particularly once its flavor is enhanced with smoked paprika. This dish is great for entertaining, as it can be served at room temperature or made a day ahead and reheated.
Fans of seafood have found their place on this list! This creamy gratin is a unique, enjoyable way to use up two bunches of chard from the farmers market.
A classically Turkish dish called Pazili Börek, this main course can serve up to twelve guests, making it ideal for a get together. The Texas pecans, Swiss chard and feta cheese featured in this recipe create one rich pie.
If you're tired of bringing cake to seasonal potlucks, branch out with this unforgettable galette from last year's Heirloom issue. It has a sweet, creamy flavor thanks to the farmhouse cheddar and local pears included in the recipe.
This soup is wonderfully adaptable—Its creaminess can be adjusted to your taste, depending on how many sweet potatoes you choose to include. If you have seasonal squash in your pantry instead, they can also be substituted for a mildly different flavor.
12. Kale Chips
A wonderfully simple recipe from The Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking, this recipe features vitamin-rich nutritional yeast. Kale chips are a fantastically healthy snack that are just as easy to down as their potato counter parts, and they're in season!
Mashed sweet potatoes are a classic fall dish, and the kumquats in this recipe give it a new, tasty twist. Learn how to candy the fruit while making what is sure to be a new autumn go-to.
14. Pumpkin Hummus
The bright-orange color of this dish makes it a must for Halloween, Thanksgiving and harvest feasts. It’s rich in pumpkin’s beta-carotenes and fiber, matched with protein from chickpeas, plus it just tastes fantastic!
We're ending this list on a sweet note, with this delightful pumpkin tart. Not only is it photogenic, but this seasonal dessert contains all the fall spice you could ever want.