Comfort Foods for Autumn

Fall is all about booties, sweaters, and comfort foods. With Halloween just around the corner, we officially have apples, pumpkins, butternut squash, and cinnamon on the brain. Yes, it is that time of year when we start craving some delicious comfort foods. For all of you who are not natives of Florida are probably wondering how we can be thinking of fall when the temperatures outside are screaming summer. Trust us when we say that we are hoping for some brisker air soon! Until that time comes (cue the crying now), we will simply have to make do with enjoying some yummy foods of the season. We have compiled some recipes that you simply must try and found some seasonal menu items that are perfect for those days when you just do not want to spend your time in the kitchen.

Al Fresco Dining

Another Broken Egg Cafe

Another Broken Egg Cafe is well known for introducing seasonal flavors to time-honored traditional breakfast dishes. We get excited at the beginning of every season when we try to the new delectable creations with all the flavors of the season, but fall brings about some of our favorite combinations. If you have not tried the crowd-pleaser Pumpkin Waffle then now is the time! This limited edition and cult favorite is a pumpkin-infused Belgian waffle with pecans, spiced compound butter, and powdered sugar. Another dish that is just screaming comfort food is the Turkey Cranberry Benedict. Enjoy the slow oven-roasted turkey and poached eggs over house-made stuffing, topped with hollandaise, cranberry chutney, and green onions. Delicious!

Comfort Food Recipes

The Spice & Tea Exchange

Bohea Chorizo Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. Bohea Tea (available at The Spice & Tea Exchange)
  • 1 tsp. Gourmet Pepper Spice Blend (available at The Spice & Tea Exchange)
  • 1 tsp. Southwest Spice Blend12 oz. chicken broth (available at The Spice & Tea Exchange)
  • 2 – 15.5 oz. cans of white chili beans or cannellini beans
  • 16 oz. pork chorizo (may substitute ground turkey or beef)
  • 4 tomatillos, husks removed, chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced (optional)
  • ¼ cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 lime, juiced

Directions:

  • Pour broth into a saucepan; heat to boiling and turn off the heat.
  • Place Bohea Tea in a large infuser; place in broth and steep for 30 minutes. Remove infuser from broth; add Gourmet Pepper Spice Blend and Southwest Spice Blend to the broth. Stir to combine.
  • Add both cans of beans; heat on low until bubbly.
  • Cook chorizo over medium heat in a skillet, stirring frequently, until browned and crumbly.
  • Add chopped tomatillos and cook another five minutes.
  • Add mixture to the beans, stirring to combine all ingredients. Simmer for 20 mins. Spoon into bowls; add a few slices of avocado (if desired), shredded cheese, and lime juice to taste.

Caramel Apple Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. Lamb & Pork Seasoning (available at The Spice & Tea Exchange)
  • 3 Tbsp. Salted Caramel Sugar (available at The Spice & Tea Exchange)
  • 1 tsp. Autumn Harvest Spice Blend (available at The Spice & Tea Exchange)
  • 4 – 6 oz. boneless pork loin chops
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tart apples – unpeeled, cored, and sliced thin
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbsp. pecans, toasted and chopped (optional)

Directions:

  • Season the pork chops with Lamb & Pork Seasoning. In a large skillet, melt butter.
  • Add pork chops. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 mins. then turn chops and cook an additional 3-4 mins. (or until pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F). Remove chops from pan and plate. Cover to keep warm.
  • Add apple and onion slices to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until onions are caramelized, about 5-7 mins.
  • Stir in Salted Caramel Sugar and Autumn Harvest Spice Blend and mix until well blended and the sugar dissolves.
  • Spoon apple and onion mixture over pork chops. Sprinkle with pecans.
  • Enjoy!

Whole Foods Market

Rustic Apple Galette


Ingredients
:

  • 1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon for filling and extra for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 medium apples, peeled and sliced into ¼-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Splash of water
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado raw sugar

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • To make the crust, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles tiny crumbs. Add cold water and knead ingredients together to form a ball.
  • Lightly dust a sheet of parchment paper with flour. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough into a round, about 14 inches in diameter and ¼-inch thick. Roll out the dough and transfer the parchment paper to a baking sheet.
  • To make the filling, combine apples, brown sugar, and vanilla in a bowl. Sprinkle in flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, then stir to combine.
  • Next, arrange apple mixture in the center of the dough, leaving a space around the outer edges of the dough. Fold outer edges of dough one-fourth of the way overfilling. Beat egg and water together. Brush egg wash over crust and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  • Bake for 35 minutes, until apples are soft and the center bubbles. Allow the galette to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  • Finally, slice and serve.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Apple Stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 3 firm, sweet baking apples, such as Braeburn or Gala, peeled and cut into 6 wedges each
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (10 ounces each), cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh sage leaves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Toast fennel seeds in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. 
  • Cut chicken thighs in half. 
  • Add chicken, fennel seeds, apples, potatoes, onion, sage, salt, and pepper to a slow cooker. 
  • Next, cover and cook on low until chicken and apples are very tender (approximately 6 to 7 hours, or 3 to 3 1/2 hours on high).

We are sure we have your taste buds craving all the flavors of the season and hands down that Southern food is the absolute best comfort cuisine out there. Come over to Destin Commons and enjoy eating brunch al fresco at Another Broken Egg Cafe or pick up the ingredients to create all the comfort foods you desire!

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