Menu: A Farm-Fresh Autumn Dinner

A Fall Harvest Menu

A Farm-Fresh Autumn Dinner

Bring the flavors and colors of fall's best ingredients to your table with our harvest dinner: Start out with a simple cocktail of whiskey and homemade boiled cider syrup while enjoying small bites such as a seasonal squash tart and beet "tartare" topped with yogurt and orange zest. Sit down to a hearty meal of shredded kale and Brussels sprouts salad, lemon- and herb-roasted root vegetables, homemade Challah knots, and an elegant centerpiece of rosemary-rubbed beef tenderloin. Finish things off with the perfect dessert for the season: a warm slice of caramel apple pie topped with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. See the menu for a Farm-Fresh Autumn Dinner »Todd Coleman/Mackenzie Smith/Helen Rosner/James Roper
Beet "Tartare"

Beet "Tartare"

Earthy roasted beets are brightened by fresh orange zest and tangy balsamic for a clever appetizer, which looks beautiful presented in individual endive spears. To make this dish vegan, omit the Greek yogurt or use a non-dairy yogurt alternative.Yossy Arefi

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  1. Boiled cider is a substitute for maple syrup that's found throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. To make it at home, gently boil a gallon of apple cider in a heavy-bottomed pot, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced to 2 cups, about 2 hours. Let cool to room temperature and store, refrigerated, in an airtight container. In addition to cocktails, the syrup tastes great on oatmeal, ice cream, or as a glaze for roasted meats and vegetables.
  2. For more fall cocktail ideas, see our collection »
  3. The squash tart, which calls for frozen puff pastry, can be made with whatever squash is in season in your region. You can assemble the tart the night before, to bake off just before guests arrive. You can also roast and purée the beets ahead of time, to assemble just before serving.
  4. Seasoned with fresh rosemary and garlic, juicy beef tenderloin is the perfect main dish to serve to big groups, and any leftovers can be used in sandwiches the day after. For step-by-step instructions on tying a whole beef tenderloin to ensure even cooking, see All Tied Up.