Maybe butternut squash and tahini isn't going to win any innovation awards, maybe brussels sprouts and fish sauce is old news to you now that it's 2016, but these flavor combinations work for a reason: They're reliably delicious.
So here, our all-star, old-school flavor duos: our favorite fall vegetables, the particular tastes (and ingredients) they're happiest with, and some ideas for going from there.
+ funk (fish sauce, anchovies)
+ heat (Sriracha, chile)
+ creaminess (tahini, ricotta, melty cheeses)
+ sweetness (maple syrup, honey, caramelized onions)
+ acidity (citrus, vinegar)
+ tang (goat cheese, Greek yogurt, crème fraîche)
+ smokiness (smoked paprika, smoked mozzarella, smoked almonds, and the char of the grill or broiler)
+ lots of salt
+ earthy warming spices (cumin and coriander)
+ and/or tart-sweetness (figs, raisins)
+ bright sweetness (honey, pomegranate molasses)
+ peppery heat (harissa, roasted red peppers)
+ zing (ginger, preserved lemon, vinegar and/or pickles)
Whether you're in the mood for some soup-simmering, leaf-peeping, or nothing at all, your dream weekend awaits...View Guide