Can you think of a better way to welcome fall than the aroma of a home cooked meal wafting from your kitchen, filling every nook and cranny your home? You know the aromas we’re talking about; those rich, cozy and inviting smells of roasted pumpkin, baked apple, chestnuts and cinnamon that make you excited to welcome the cooler weather. With the turn of the leaves, drop in temperature and Thanksgiving around the corner, you’re probably starting to leaf through your recipe books in search of the perfect fall recipes. Well, we’re here to help! These must-try fall dishes from Spain will leave your friends, family and you licking the plate, yearning for more.

Spanish-style Green Beans (Judias Verdes)

The euphoric combo of salty jamón serrano with the fresh crunch of green beans, sauteed with caramelized garlic; there is nothing that says “fall has arrived” in Spain better than a warming plate of judias verdes! Visit a farmers’ market in Spain this time of year, and you’ll see vegetable stalls stocked with fresh green beans straight from the farm, as locals purchase big bunches at a time to make this classic fall dish for their families. A perfect side plate for any fall feast, we dare you to try it this Thanksgiving! Get the traditional recipe for Rioja-Style Green Beans.

Lentil Stew with Chorizo

As soon as the colder weather comes along, walk through the residential streets of Spain and you’re guaranteed to smell the heavenly scent of lentils, or lentejas, slow cooking on the stovetops of homes everywhere. The beauty of a rich lentil stew? You can really throw in whatever seasonal ingredients you want! For a traditional stew, add chorizo and/or black pudding with carrots, onions and mushroom. For a fall twist on the family favorite, add pumpkin, butternut squash, or zucchini! What will be in your lentejas? Get the traditional recipe for Aragon-style Lentils.

Pumpkin Soup

If there’s one food that comes to mind when we think of fall, it’s pumpkin! Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread… why not pumpkin soup? Thick, creamy and warm with just the perfect pinch of cinnamon spice, pumpkin soup is the ultimate omg-winter-is-coming comfort food. And the best part? It couldn’t be easier to make! Just boil together 1 whole cubed pumpkin, an onion, a teaspoon of cinnamon, some thyme, a bay leaf and some salt. When the pumpkin is done, blend together, add a touch of cream, and voila! Pumpkin perfection. Want more pumpkin? Use this traditional recipe from Spain for a pumpkin puree, perfect for a pie filling.

Castañas Asadas (roasted chestnuts)

Come fall, the city streets of Spain start smelling like roasted chestnuts, as the chestnut street vendors take over with their irresistible scent. We dare you to try and pass one without buying a bag! Can’t make it to Spain? Roasted chestnuts couldn’t be an easier and more delicious snack to make at home. If you’re having a family get together, it’s the perfect way to greet your guests with a delicious aroma and let them know “delicious food is on its way”! Get the recipe for Galician-style chestnuts.

Baked Apples in White Wine

What’s a more decadent fall dessert than cinnamon apples baked in white wine? Talk about all of our favorite things from Spain in one dish! Just grab a few apples (4-5) and place them in a baking pan. Top them off with 4 tablespoons of brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of butter, some chopped almonds, cinnamon and a quarter of a bottle of Spanish white wine. Bake for about 25 minutes at 200 degrees, and serve with vanilla ice cream! Because every fall meal deserves a sweet ending. ;) Want more apple recipes? Try this Asturian-style apple sauce.

What dish will you be trying at home this fall? Written by: Casie Tennin Nov 17, 2017

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