Celebrate the harvest this weekend with a cozy, comforting menu meant to be shared with friends and family — and, of course, a good bottle of wine. We’ve picked our favorite dishes showcasing squash, mushrooms, apples and more to help you savor the season. Find the recipes below, then keep reading for some autumn entertaining tips.
|Toasts with Spicy Broccoli Rabe and Pecorino
Begin the evening with a pass-around platter of simple crostini topped with bitter greens and tangy cheese.
|Warm Wild Mushroom Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Surprise guests with an unexpected salad, warm and packed with flavor. Ours features a variety of wild mushrooms, along with colorful radicchio and a salty-smoky bacon-laced vinaigrette.
|Braised Beef with Autumn Vegetables
This hearty stew is made of a medley of tender beef, carrots, pumpkin and just a touch of spice. Make it a day ahead to simplify prep — the flavors will improve as they mingle.
|Potato and Celery Root Gratin with Gruyere
Earthy celery root pairs with simple potatoes in this creamy, cheesy gratin, perfect for soaking up the juices produced by a braised dish.
|Apple and Cranberry Galette
These scarlet and gold fruits mix together for a gorgeous finale to a fall meal. A dollop of whipped cream or creme fraiche makes a welcome garnish.
- Wine as you dine. Offer a few selections to pair with the rich flavors of the season — here are our picks.
- Create an ambiance with light. Depending on where you live, an autumn dinner party can be held outside in the glow of string lights or garden torches, or indoors by candle and firelight.
- Bring the season to the table setting. Decorate with gourds, grapes, persimmons and pomegranates, piled high in bowls and compotes.
- Choose natural hues. For color cues on linens, look to the turning leaves. Chargers and napkin rings made of natural materials complement the look.