September has something for nearly everyone: the official arrival of fall. The unofficial secret continuation of summer. The cue to bring out transitional wardrobe items like jeans and long-sleeve shirts.
And oh, the food! Tomatoes and corn are still in season for many. Apples, plums, pears, and pawpaws are ripe and abundant. The culinary possibilities are many.
The recipes our readers clicked on most this month cued fall coziness. There’ hearty soups, a cheesy casserole, tangy baked chicken that’s slathered in a secret ingredient, and wholesome overnight oats that magically taste like dessert. I think you all chose some real winners. Dive into them below.
1. French’s Mustard Baked Chicken
Mustard just makes things better. It’s also a common pantry item that you can fall back on for much more than squiggling on hot dogs. This recipe uses good old yellow mustard as a seasoning paste for an easy baked chicken that’s a lovely yellow-gold, like the first leaves to turn on the trees.
2. Johnny Marzetti Casserole
Is this a casserole you grew up eating? For many in the heartland, Johnny Marzetti is a fixture of potlucks and school cafeterias. It’s a cheesy, beefy crowed-pleaser with a storied pedigree, and we know you’ll love it.
3. Tiramisu Overnight Oats
A little espresso powder, a little cocoa powder, a little maple syrup, and a lot of creamy Greek yogurt work some magic to transform oats into a breakfast version of the decadent Italian layered dessert. This is one tiramisu you’ll feel virtuous about enjoying.
4. Simple Roast Chicken
This roast chicken is juicy, succulent, and free of gimmicks. No brining. No rubs. No resting. Just take it out of the packaging, preheat the oven, season the bird, and roast away. They key here is to be generous with the salt.
5. Chicken Pot Pie Soup
If there’s such a thing as chicken pot pie for dummies, this is it. Rotisserie chicken makes the affair speedy and easy.
6. Copycat IKEA Swedish Meatballs
Years ago when my daughter was a baby, we’d occasionally go to IKEA’s cafe on Wednesday nights when their Swedish meatball dinner was a ludicrous $2.99. Now that the nearest IKEA is hours away, replicating those simple pleasures at home is possible without the threat of an impulse purchase of a new floor lamp.
7. Un-Fried Chicken
This is an oldie but a goodie recipe adapted from the blockbuster 1994 cookbook In the Kitchen With Rosie: Oprah’s Favorite Recipes. Rosie Daley, Oprah’s personal chef at the time, conjured up an baked “un-fried” chicken that’s pure dinner comfort.
8. Stuffed Pepper Soup
Why stuff a pepper when you can soup-ify the whole thing and make everyone just as happy? Prepackaged cooked rice, ground beef, and multicolored peppers come together for this eye-catching soup.
9. 3-Ingredient Apple Crisp
How is a three-ingredient apple crisp even possible? Take a guess and peek at the recipe to see if your hunch was right. Then make it, because it’s fall.
I mean, yum. Make up a batch of this popular snack/meal for a party and see how big everyone’s smile will be. Walking taco is an alias for Frito pie, a Texas-born classic of hot, portable chili served right in a Fritos bag.