A few years back, in her “Watering Can” column, Flower editor-in-chief Margot Shaw captured the season’s ideal tempo, “As fall gently arrives, I’m always grateful for the weather reprieve, and I know that nature concurs. The rhythms and rituals of autumn are such a slowing down. The turning trees, and blowsy blooms replaced with more subtle hues and berries signal a sweet peace in the land that helps us rest and regroup for the inevitable blast of the holidays.”

Autumn gatherings likewise call for relaxed, soul-soothing dishes. Satisfy your guests with a slow-simmered braise or comforting pot pie, hearty vegetables, robust drinks, and rich, warming desserts. We’ve gathered a dozen of our most popular fall recipes that perfectly fit the bill from Alex Hitz, P. Allen Smith, Sanna Länsivierto, Robin Bentley, Lidey Heuck, William Yeoward, and more tastemakers.

Fall Recipes for Entertaining

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Savory Chicken Pot Pies
Babette’s kitchen in Millbrook, New York shares their tasty version of this classic favorite
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Gin Pear Cocktails
Guests at Wendy Wurtzburger and Chris Bentley’s fall harvest gathering sipped on gin pear cocktails. The drinks were blended with Liberty Gin, handmade in Philadelphia by family friend and distiller Walter Palmer.
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Gluten-Free Multiseed Crispbread
Beet Hummus
“At harvest time, take a moment to admire the wonderful colors in nature, like the vibrant purple tones of beets,” says Sanna Länsivierto. Her vibrant, beet hummus is a perfect match for gluten-free crispbread with seeds.
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rye focaccia recipe
Rye Focaccia with Fennel
Chef Robin Bentley serves this homemade bread with berries, figs, and cheeses. His mother tops toasted slices with tomato confit.
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lobster bisque, alex hitz
Lobster Bisque
Alex Hitz says, “I always call this ‘Lobster Bisque for Christmas Eve’ because that’s how I remember it at our house in Atlanta. It’s pretty and pink, decadent, rich, and let’s face it, expensive enough to be considered special occasion food.”
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Bourbon Braised Pork Shoulder
Chef Robin Bentley serves this hearty, main dish over cheesy, herbed polenta.
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roasted kabocha squash
Roasted Kabocha Squash
Chef Robin Bentley serves this side dish of kabocha squash (also known as Japanese pumpkin) with a bright citronette dressing.
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Beet, Quinoa and Goat Cheese Salad
Beet, Quinoa and Goat Cheese Salad
Finnish stylist and recipe developer Sanna Länsivierto nestles this salad on a wooden disc, fitting in with her autumn harvest themed table.
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pear hazelnut cake
Pear and Hazlenut Cake
A tray of pears stands ready to be prepared for Lidey Heuck's delicious cake recipe.
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pumpkin creme brulee, p allen smith
Pumpkin Creme Brulee
This P. Allen Smith recipe proves you can prepare crowd-pleasing pumpkin treats beyond the traditional pumpkin pie.
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smoked old fashioned recipe
Smoked Old-Fashioned
William Yeoward's smoky version of the classic old-fashioned is a robust drink and intended to be drunk slowly. As the ice melts, the flavor develops.
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Spiced Orange and Maple Westrock Coffee, P. Allen Smith
Spiced Orange and Maple Coffee
P. Allen Smith added a few special ingredients to his go-to Westrock coffee for a festive, flavorful beverage.
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