We've put together a Fall dinner-party menu, from drinks to dessert, that isn't just about pumpkin. From gooey mac and cheese (with leeks) to a sweet and tangy kale salad — this menu is loaded with seasonal flavor, easy to prepare, and more importantly delicious. Your guests will leave wanting more.
Pumpkin Spice Cocktail
You're bound to stock up on a few cans of pumpkin puree this time of year. Why not mix things up (no pun intended) with a pumpkin spice cocktail your guests will love? Ginger vodka, lime juice, and honey thin out the dense, thick pumpkin, creating a concoction that is light with slightly sweet pumpkin undertones. With its wonderful orange color and nice refreshing quality, it's a great way to kick off your dinner party.
Stuffed mushrooms filled with artichoke and spinach dip make for the perfect-size appetizers. These tiny little poppers are best served warm, but are just as satisfying well into your party, even at room temperature. Top these Fall earthy mushrooms with crunchy panko crumbs for the perfect bite.
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Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad
Take advantage of Fall's dark, leafy brassicas in their raw form and serve your guests this brussels sprout and kale salad, drizzled with an Autumn-tinged maple vinaigrette. The combination of bitter greens, a tangy-sweet dressing, and toasted sunflower seeds makes a great side dish.
Leeks and Cheddar Mac and Cheese
For a warm, gooey main dish that everyone will love, serve this sharp-cheddar-and-leeks mac and cheese. You can even make this dish ahead of time and reheat it right before your guests arrive since the flavors in this dish get better with time.
Pumpkin Ice Cream
End your dinner on a sweet note with scoops of pumpkin ice cream. This satisfying frozen dessert has a gorgeous Fall hue, rich pumpkin flavor, and creamy thick texture. Although it is tasty enough to stand on its own, serve it with buttermilk spice cake or sandwiched between two cookies.