Here's a three-course dinner menu that incorporates seasonal ingredients:
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Sage CroutonsIngredients:
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
Fresh sage leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
Toss the butternut squash cubes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast them on a baking sheet for about 30 minutes or until tender.
In a large pot, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, and sauté until translucent.
Add the roasted butternut squash to the pot and stir well.
Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.
Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree the soup until smooth.
Stir in the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a separate pan, heat some olive oil and fry the sage leaves until crispy. Remove them from the pan and set aside.
Serve the soup hot, garnished with the sage croutons.
Herb-Roasted Chicken with Root VegetablesIngredients:
4 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
4 medium-sized carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
4 medium-sized parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 onion, cut into wedges
4 cloves of garlic, minced
Fresh rosemary and thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
In a large roasting pan, toss the carrots, parsnips, potatoes, onion wedges, and minced garlic with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Place the chicken thighs on top of the vegetables in the roasting pan.
Drizzle olive oil over the chicken thighs and season with salt, pepper, and chopped rosemary and thyme.
Roast in the oven for about 40-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
Remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
Apple Crisp with Cinnamon Ice CreamIngredients:
4-5 medium-sized apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
In a bowl, combine the sliced apples with ground cinnamon and toss until coated.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, and melted butter until crumbly.
Spread the apple slices evenly in a baking dish and sprinkle the crumbly mixture on top.
Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown.
Serve the apple crisp warm with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream on top.
Enjoy your seasonal three-course dinner!