Chef Karen Davison's Must Try Fall Recipes

Without a doubt, Fall is one of the best seasons for delicious home-cooked meals. Fall recipes are hardy and warm and seasonal fall ingredients are some of the most vibrant and versatile. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good comfort dish?


Karen Davison, of Plano, Texas, loves the flavors of Fall. As a professional chef, she has had experience working as a saucier, a sous chef, an associate chef, and a head chef in various restaurants all over America. A fine dining specialist, She also has an extensive background in healthy and delicious homestyle cooking. In addition to being a professional chef, Karen is also a culinary blogger and enjoys sharing her wealth of knowledge with home cooks. Here she shares her favorite Fall recipes to help you delight your family and guests.

Braised Short Ribs with Sage Butter Mashed Potatoes

This may sound like something out of a magazine, but Karen Davison assures home cooks that this Fall recipe is easy as pie (pumpkin pie, that is). All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker, sit back, and relax while you wait for your gourmet home-cooked meal. In your slow cooker, add your short ribs, along with some onions, and thyme. For a delicious fall flavor, add apple cider to the mix. Allow these ingredients to slow cook until tender, then serve over a bed of creamy sage butter mashed potatoes. For an additional kick of added flavor, sear your short ribs before adding them to the slow cooker.

Creamy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

When autumn arrives, pumpkin flavors can be found everywhere and fall recipes are no exception. This twist on a classic dish will have your family and guests asking for seconds. In addition to being delicious, this dish is easy to make. It’s as easy as pulling up your favorite classic mac and cheese recipe and stirring in some pumpkin puree for a little fall flavor.

Curry Chickpea Stew

Who doesn’t love a good stew, especially on a chilly fall evening? As a comforting and delicious dish, this is one of Karen Davison’s go-to Fall recipes for vegan guests. Best of all, you’ll find nearly everything you need for this tasty home-cooked meal in your pantry. Make sure you have garlic, ginger, onion, curry paste, chickpeas, coconut milk, vegetable stock, and kale. With everything in hand, you’re ready to create this delicious and beautiful fall dish.

Fall Grain Bowl

Not only are grain bowls a simple, delicious, and healthy meal option but they’re also perfect for on-the-go lunches and dinners and will keep well in the fridge. For a mix of perfect Fall flavors, use kale, sweet potato, apple, baked chicken, and walnuts mixed with wild rice or quinoa. To top it all off, dress your grain bowl with one of Karen Davison’s Fall favorites, a maple-balsamic vinaigrette. Want to make this dish vegetarian? Easy. Just hold the chicken!

Pumpkin Chili

Chili is a fan favorite and has to be one of the all-time best Fall recipes! And, with the addition of some pumpkin puree, you can put a fall twist on your favorite chili recipe. To make pumpkin chili, just add browned ground beef, beans, tomatoes, pumpkin puree, and spices to your slow cooker, then sit back while the magic happens. Karen Davison suggests adding sour cream or Greek yogurt and avocado as delicious toppings. This dish can also easily be made vegetarian. Just replace the beef with some extra beans or a meat alternative!