Our 15 Most Popular Recipes for October
October finds Allrecipes home cooks solidly in comfort food season as they embrace recipes for hot and cheesy casseroles, classic apple+cinnamon flavors, and cozy, stick-to-your-ribs fall dishes. Here, in no particular order, are 15 of our most popular recipes for this month, sure to take the edge off the chilliest autumn day.
Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast
There's a lot going on with this upside down baked French toast casserole, and Allrecipes home cooks showed up for it in a big way. But who wouldn't? Cinnamon sugar and apple pie filling are spread in the bottom of a baking pan, then topped with bread slices and a simple milk and egg custard. After the custard soaks into the bread overnight, the casserole gets baked, drizzled with maple syrup and broiled, and finally the whole thing is turned out onto a platter. It's the sort of comfort food breakfast that'll tempt you out of your cozy bed in the chilly days of October.
Grandma's Meat and Tater Hotdish
This meaty, cheesy, creamy, crunchy Tater Tot casserole checks all the comfort food boxes. Plus, it's easy, filling, and budget-friendly. To make it a one-pot meal, cook the ground beef in a large oven-proof skillet, drain off the extra fat, and use the skillet to bake the casserole. That's dinner done!
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Creepy Halloween Eyeballs
Allrecipes home cooks went wild for these Halloween eyeballs, made by stuffing canned lychees with maraschino cherries. (Or you can use blueberries, as called for in the recipe.) Either way, it's eye-catching in the grossest way possible.
Dreamy Chicken Francese
Recipe creator thedailygourmet warns that this company-worthy dish isn't diet-friendly. But that didn't scare off our home cooks, who fell hard for these breaded and fried chicken breasts smothered in a buttery, lemony cream sauce. They do look fancy, but they're surprisingly easy to make.
Roasted Cauliflower Soup
You'd think this warm and filling soup would be made with loads of cream and thickened with potatoes. But, surprise! It's all roasted cauliflower, with an onion and a bit of garlic to keep things interesting. Some reviewers used vegetable broth instead of water for the soup liquid, and some sprinkled a little curry powder onto the cauliflower before roasting. Use an immersion blender to smooth things out, and garnish with parsley and toasted croutons for color and crunch.
Cream Cheese Squares
Crescent dough, cream cheese, and cinnamon sugar join forces to make this easy, anytime treat. You could serve it up for breakfast or an afternoon snack with a hot drink to keep it company.
World's Best Honey Garlic Pork Chops
October can't make up its mind. Sometimes it's cold and wet, and sometimes it's grilling weather. But the weather doesn't matter for these 5-ingredient glazed pork chops. You can grill them following recipe instructions, or you can bake them like many home cooks did. Jill Hodges Betts says, "I baked [them] in the oven. 350 degrees for 45 minutes. I turned them over every 15 min, so twice. When I turned them, I brushed them with the glaze. They were so yummy, I'm making it again tonight."
Emily's Excellent Taco Casserole
Quick, easy, and cozy seems to be the dinner of choice this October. Case in point: this chili casserole baked on a bed of crunchy corn chips and under a blanket of melted cheese. Heap lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and salsa on top, and dinner is served in about 35 minutes.
Steakhouse Potatoes Romanoff
"They say what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but that's mostly because people just don't remember exactly what happened. Well, the only thing I didn't forget was this special potato gratin that Chef John Schenk taught me how to make 10 years ago at his restaurant Strip House. Not only is it the soul mate of steak, but it's also a great side dish for big holiday gatherings since you can make it the day before and bake when needed." —Chef John
Apple Cinnamon White Cake
My apple tree doesn't know when to let up well into October, and this recipe is one of the ways I personally deal with the bounty. It's. So. Good. And it's so easy to make, I can whip up this cake on a weekend morning before everyone wakes up. Couple of notes: The recipe doesn't specify how long to beat together the sugar and butter, but I find that 3 to 4 minutes usually works well. Also, I line my baking pan with parchment paper and leave some overhang so I can lift the cake out cleanly after it cools for a bit. If you can hold yourself back, let it cool to room temperature before slicing so you don't squish it down.
Easy Swedish Apple Pie
Judging by October numbers, cinnamon and apple are the star couple this month, and here's another way to enjoy their collaboration. Note that there's no bottom crust to this apple pie. Instead, sliced apples are baked in a pie dish under a quick batter of flour, cinnamon, butter, and beaten egg. Many reviewers added more spices to the batter, such as nutmeg and cloves. "So easy to make with everyday ingredients," says Marjie1960.
White Chicken Enchilada Slow-Cooker Casserole
The comfort of a casserole meets the convenience of a slow cooker. Or you could bake it in the oven, like several reviewers opted to do. Watch out, though. It makes a lot. I mean, a lot a lot.
Southern Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions
First things first. There's an entire pound of bacon in this recipe. Does that mean you have put a whole pound in yours? That is entirely up to you. We are not the bacon police. But whether they use the whole pound or fractions thereof, Allrecipes home cooks give this recipe a solid 5-star rating. "Omg," says Brown Sugar. "My family of four did not say anything for about a minute or two. We all love cabbage now and we really love Southern fried cabbage. The dish was emptied. So good."
Pumpkin-Shaped Dinner Rolls
Lots of home cooks saved this recipe this month because look how adorable! What starts out as a very straightforward recipe for yeasted dinner rolls turns into stunning mini pumpkins thanks to a clever trick involving bits of string. Watch the video to see Chef John work his magic.