The Harvest is Here
Here in Vermont the days are getting a little bit shorter and gardens and farm stands are overflowing with produce. These are the days we wait for all growing season long and we’ve pulled a few of our favorite recipes to help you savor every bite of this harvest time of year. You know, that fleeting time of year where every slice of tomato is perfect, and the kale and root vegetables are plentiful. Soon apples and pumpkins will be everywhere and we’re here for it.
As someone who enjoys cooking and baking, this change in seasons is always welcome. The cooler weather and slightly shorter days reinvigorate my food prep inspiration and after a hot summer of salads and thick slices of watermelon, I can’t wait to take to the kitchen to make soups, roasted vegetables, and pies. That first cold snap over a weekend basically guarantees I’ll spend at least a day causing a ruckus in the kitchen making bread, cookies or something that needs to simmer for a few hours. If I was an animal, clearly I’d be the kind that stores food away for winter.
You may not be into cooking all day long like I sometimes do, it’s cool I get it, however I highly recommend checking out the recipes below because they’re some of our favorites that let the harvest produce shine, and they won’t take all day to make. You don’t want to miss dishes like a summer tomato galette, root vegetable galette layered with fresh goat cheese, everything bagel roasted carrots or a decadent apple skillet cake topped with a dollop of cool cr?me fra?che. This time of year is fleeting, so let’s savor every hearty bite we can get.
Check out 8 of our favorite harvest recipes:
Bagel Spice Roasted Carrots
Sweet roasted carrots get a flavor upgrade when sprinkled with a favorite savory everything bagel coating. The sprinkle of fresh goat cheese adds a bright flavor and creamy counter part to the crunch of the everything bagel seasoning.
Apple Skillet Cake
This apple cake from The Bojon Gourmet gets an upgrade with vanilla bean browned butter, hazelnut flour, and brown sugar all loaded with tangy baked apples. Serve slices of this beauty with dollops of crème fraîche all season long.
A free form galette from Foolproof Living spread with fresh sliced summer tomatoes, bright and flavorful herbed goat cheese and baked in a homemade galette dough. It is great as a breakfast or a brunch dish when you want to impress.
Beet & Sweet Potato Galette
Our mild and lemony fresh goat cheese pairs perfectly with root vegetables like beets and sweet potatoes. This galette assembles quickly and is delicious paired with a side salad, slaw or even alongside a cup of soup swirled with crème fraîche.
Butternut Squash Soup
This Vegetarian Butternut Squash Soup from Foolproof Living is the best fall soup! It assembles quickly and reheats perfectly for weekday lunches or dinners. Serve with a swirl of luxurious crème fraîche for a beautiful finish that packs in extra flavor.
Caramel Pecan Pie
The fall classic gets a festive spin with the addition of a crème fraîche caramel sauce that’s baked into the pie filling for a rich and decadent dessert.
Gnocchi with Sausage & Kale
Make this quick and delicious recipe with Severino herbed goat cheese gnocchi with sausage and kale in a creamy tomato sauce from Carey Nershi. It gets tossed with crème fraîche for a simple yet rich and flavorful sauce that coats the pasta.
Cranberry Pear Tart
Bright cranberries and sweet pears top a crème fraîche and almond filling for a festive dessert to share. This decadent dessert would be good with almost any seasonal fruits you have, like plums, apricots, apples or figs.