Fall, Winter and Holiday Recipes From New Hampshire Chefs

Every month we feature a different recipe from New Hampshire chefs, bakers, cooks and restaurants and often those recipes correspond with the season. We’ve compiled all our recipes that feature fall produce, like butternut squash and apples, and those that would be perfect for a fall dinner party, Thanksgiving table or Christmas gathering.

Drinks and cocktails

Do-It-Yourself Hot Chocolate Bar
With a familiar chill joining the excitement in the air this time of year, there’s nothing more comforting than a steaming cup of hot chocolate.

Easy Cocktail Recipes For Holiday Entertaining
Spread holiday cheer with these delicious and lively spirits: Mulled Wine, Blood Orange Mimosa, Holiday Moscow Mule, Salted Caramel White Russian, Pomegranate Martini, Hard Cider Sangria and Classic Eggnog.

MHP’s Milk Punch
The old one-two milk punch: a true holiday classic.


Desserts and sweet breakfast treats

Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts)
As far as holiday foods go, one of the best might be sufganiyot — or jelly doughnuts — eaten at Hanukkah celebrations.

Bourbon Apple Shortcake
Here’s a delicious recipe for something other than apple pie or crisp – bourbon apple shortcake will be your new go-to fall dessert.

Pumpkin Orange Poppy Seed Cake
An easy and delicious recipe, perfect for any fall gathering.

Cider Donuts from Amy Traverso, Food Editor at Yankee
From “The Apple Lover’s Cookbook,” this easy recipe will become your favorite go-to breakfast.

Pumpkin Cheese Tart
Forget the cans and make your own puree with local pumpkins and squash.

Hurricane Sauce from Polly’s Pancake Parlor in Sugar Hill
A great way to use fallen apples – a perfect topper for pancakes and waffles.

Batter Dropped Cider Donuts from our own Susan Laughlin
Fast and easy cider donuts to satisfy your craving.

Pecan Turtle Bread Pudding from chef Ashley Schaefer of the Round About Diner
This would make a fantastic alternative to pie if you’re looking for something different to close out your Thanksgiving meal.

Vermont Apple Pie from Gesine Bullock-Prado’s cookbook “Pie it Forward.”
It might be called Vermont Apple Pie, but we think you should use New Hampshire apples.

Maple Sticky Buns
We love the smell of cinnamon and maple in the morning!

Chocolate Devil’s Food Kahlua Cake
Decadent and delicious.

Local Eatery‘s Chocolate Goat Cheesecake
Two favorites – chocolate and cheesecake – come together.


Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Turn your garden’s abundance of zucchini into something different and delicious

Shaker Raised Squash Bread
Deliciously rustic and traditional bread, courtesy of the Shakers at Canterbury Village.

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Maple and bacon, need we say more?

Baked Onion and Apple Cider Soup With Smoked Cheddar Cheese Gratine from Chef Jeff Paige of Cotton
A great use for fresh apple cider. We suggest using the smoked cheddar from the Sandwich Creamery.

Cranberry and Walnut Baked Brie with Cinnamon Herb Crostini
Creamy, warm Brie with fall flair. This recipe does not disappoint.

Maple Glazed Shrimp and Butternut Squash from Chef Justin Lyonnaise
Some will remember Chef Lyonnaise from the wonderful, but sadly closed Commercial Street Fishery in Manchester. He shared this delicious appetizer recipe back in 2008.

Holiday Cranberry and Spinach Fondue
Chef Adam Parker shares this recipe that’s perfect for the holidays.

Main Dish

Butternut Squash Risotto With Apple Sage Chutney
Fratello’s Italian Grille and the Homestead’s Chef Adam Parker shares his recipe for this delicious fall dish.

Hearty Italian Sausage Soup
Use your garden remains to cook up a delicious dish. Recipe courtesy of Angela’s Pasta Shop.

Thai Turkey Stir Fry
Try this Thai-inspired turkey stir fry to shake up your classic Thanksgiving dinner, courtesy Littleton restaurant owner Emshika Alberini.

Slow Cooker Venison Tacos
Enjoy this delicious slow cooker recipe, perfect for hunting season. Recipe courtesy of Becky Johnson, author of “New Hampshire’s Wild Eats.”

The Perfect Roasted Turkey
This holiday-spiced wet brine will be an instant family favorite. Recipe courtesy of Chef Keith Sarasin.

Brined Roast Turkey with Apple Cider Jus
This moist, seasonal roast turkey will be the centerpiece of your holiday dinner.

Roasted Turkey Breast With Herb Butter and Raspberry Cranberry Sauce from Liz Barbour’s Creative Feast
Turkey is kicked up several notches with this recipe.

Rustic Pasta with Hearty Bolognese Sauce
Make sure to savor these flavors even more by using locally sourced ingredients.

Boggy Meadow Mac and Cheese by Chef Michael Buckley
Chef Buckley uses a fabulous local Boggy Meadow cheese to make this quintessential cold weather comfort food.

Acorn Squash Risotto With Tart Cherries and Ricotta Salata by Chef Luca Paris
A delicious, comforting fall dish that looks as nice as it tastes.

Ricotta Gnocchi
Deliciously different and easier to make than the potato version.

Categories: Fall Food and Recipes, Food & Drink, Guide to Holidays, Holiday Guide Food, Seasonal Guides – Fall