Autumn warmer recipe ideas
By AdFeatures | Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:16
Dare we say it? The nights are drawing in, there is a fresher feel in the air and the leaves are beginning to curl up at the edges and turn a browner shade of green. Yes, the summer is rapidly giving way to autumn and as the winter coats replace the summer jackets, the boots substitute the sandals; our daily menus also begin to have a more autumnal makeover.
With the barbeques put back in the garage for another nine months and summer salads rapidly losing their appeal, warmer recipes of soups, stews and stroganoffs begin to whet our appetites.
Comforting seasonal dishes – Shepherds pie
Along side butternut squash risotto, autumn vegetable soup and lamb, red wine and rosemary casserole, shepherd’s pie is a sure autumn and winter favourite. For tasty autumnal dishes and recipe ideas such as shepherd pie, take a look at the Schwartz website which is packed full of ideas.
Bursting with mouth-watering ground beef, carrots, peas and corn simmering in the beef gravy, topped with delicious mashed potatoes which feature a crisp brown finish, it is hardly surprising that this traditional family recipe has been named the most popular food to see us through the colder months of autumn and winter.
Just in case you and your family ever get tired of eating ‘traditional’ shepherds pie, this classic family dish can be considerably altered and revamped to suit different tastes and to make your autumn menu is more varied. To give shepherds pie a more varied flavour you could replace the traditional lamb mince with beef (known as cottage pie although commonly mistaken for shepherds pie).
Alternative, you can mash the ultimate autumnal vegetable, butternut squash, into the potato mash and sprinkle on a cheese topping for extra flavour.
Chilli con carne
Similar to how shepherds pie is widely considered to be comforting, nourishing food on those dark autumn and winter nights, chilli con carne provides us with those same ‘reassuring’ feelings.
As well as being a warming and cheering dish as the nights get darker and the frost starts to appear in the mornings, this traditional and hearty family meal of onions, garlic, ground beef, tomatoes and of course, chilli, is easy to make and does not cost too much money.
There are no exact ‘rules’ when it comes to making chilli con carne and you can make the dish as spicy or as mild to cater for your own and your family’s requirements. Although it is good to know that as chillies can improve the health of the heart, boost circulation, thin the blood and help protect against strokes, you may be inclined to put a generous amount of chillies in your chilli con carne.
If you are concerned about the spice factor, then consider serving it alongside a cool accompaniment such as yoghurt. Cucumber, lettuce and other salad vegetables which contain a high water content are also a great side dish which help to take the heat out of spicier dishes.