12 deliciously warming dishes we look forward now that autumn is in full swing
By Ella Walker . Published 2020-11-06BOLD-Food
Pies, potatoes, puddings… this is the time to cosy up to some hearty seasonal nosh.
1. StewYou can’t get away with a stew in summer – firstly, because the heat of it bubbling away on the stove is enough to have you screaming for aircon, and secondly, all we want to eat in summer is chilled salads and ice lollies. But now, bring on the slow-cooked meat dancing about in thick gravy and chunks of veg. Mmmm.
2. Jacket potatoesSummer is not the time to have the oven on, no matter how much you like crispy potato skins, but come autumn, the fridge is 70% jacket potato toppings, and the oven is almost permanently baking something.
3. Roast dinnersBarbecue season is over, which means only one thing: You can start eating roast potatoes again. And stuffing. And Yorkshire puddings. Oh, how we’ve missed a good roast.
4. Cottage pieThere’s nothing better than spending a dark autumn night mashing potatoes (yes, more potatoes) and layering them over minced beef and peas, then sticking it all back in the (always on) oven, with a good sprinkling of cheese on top.
5. Fish pieAll summer, we’ve been snacking on garlic prawns and griddling salmon, but now we can douse the lot in a creamy sauce and top it with yet more mashed potato.
6. All of the piesPerhaps we ought to just rename autumn ‘pie time’ because whether it’s apple and blackberry, fish, cottage, shepherd’s, chicken and mushroom, or steak and ale, there is no better time to encase things in pastry or potato.
7. Bread and butter puddingStale buttered bread, raisiny nuggets, all soaked in a cinnamon, milk and egg mixture, left to soften and caramelize in the oven? Yeah, summer’s Eton messes and lemon sorbets have nothing on bread and butter pudding.
8. Toad in the holeBlackened sausages on the barbie are all very well, but for the rest of the year, we want ours tucked into beds of golden puffed-up batter, drenched in gravy please.
9. Anything with pumpkin in itThis might not be America, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get to grips with the huge, fleshy orange squash, too. They aren’t just for carving come Halloween. Bake it into pies, roast it, stuff it, puree it, pickle it – the options are endless.
10. CrumbleRhubarb, pear and ginger, apple and blackberry, plum and blackberry, gooseberry, cherry, even savoury squash… we intend to eat at least one crumble a week from now until Christmas. With loads of custard, obviously.
11. All of the mushroomsWe are well into mushroom season, and while foraging for your own is best done with a trained professional, markets and stores will be overflowing with some incredible varieties. Stick a mixture of the wackier fungi in a risotto for a proper comfort meal.
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