When we think about the glorious abundance of autumn fruits, we tend to think of all the sweet dishes that we can make with our harvest of plums, apples, blackberries and other autumn crops. But there are also a lot of savoury dishes that we can make with these delicious foods. Here are five savoury recipes for autumn fruits, to inspire you to try something a little bit different when cooking and eating foods from in or around your polytunnel this autumn:
Spicy Plum Cous Cous
This delicious recipe uses a range of fresh flavours which combine to create a delicious dish that can be a main meal or a side dish. Cooked cous cous is combined with chopped plums, chillies, plenty of parsley, spinach (or other wilted greens), a hint of honey, salt and pepper and is lovely served with a cooling mint raita.
Pickled Plum Salad
For an interesting salad this autumn, pickle halved, stoned plums in balsamic vinegar and then toss these into a colourful salad of chard and other mixed greens, grated beetroot and carrots, and mixed seeds. Again, this can be enjoyed as a side dish or as a light, mid-week supper.
Meat or Nut Roast With Apple Sauce
A simple apple sauce can be used to breathe life into a wide range of meaty and meat-free vegetarian or vegan meals. Traditionally used as an accompaniment for pork, apple sauce can also pair well with other meats, or with vegetarian nut or vegetable loafs or roasts.
Parsnip and Apple Soup
You might not think about adding autumn fruits to soups but there are actually a wide range of delicious fruit soups to try. This autumn, one soup that could well become a family favourite is parsnip and apple soup. Simply toss chopped parsnips and apples into a large pan with some vegetable stock, cook until soft, then blend to a smooth, creamy consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve the sweet, tangy soup with some nice bread.
Blackberries, like apples, can be perfect for cutting through the fattiness of various meats or of fish such as salmon, or, like plums, can add a tang to salads, either fresh or pickled. One other unusual idea for blackberries is to toss some on top of a pizza base alongside fennel for a healthy pizza with a difference which will be suitable for vegans to eat.
These are just a few of the many things you can do with autumn fruits this year. Use your imagination and your taste buds and you will discover that fruits can be enjoyed in a huge range of different ways. Do you have any favourite savoury autumn fruits recipes? Let us know and share your suggestions in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.