How to Cook In-Season Vegetables in November

November is one of my favorite months because it’s all about food! Not to mention, many tasty fruits in vegetables are in season.

To find out what vegetables are in-season in your area this month, check out either Seasonal Food Guide or the SNAP USDA Seasonal Produce Guide.

Here are how to cook some of the most popular vegetables in season this month:

(Source: The Flavor Bible)

Winter Squash:

  • Best Cooking Methods: bake, braise, grill, mash, puree, roast, saute, steam
  • Pairs Well With: allspice, apples, bacon, butter, Parmesan cheese, cloves, coriander, cream, cumin, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, olive oil, onions, orange, parsley, pasta, rosemary, sage, stocks, brown sugar, thyme
  • Classic Pairs
    • winter squash + butter + garlic + sage
    • winter squash + garlic + olive oil + parsley
    • winter squash + onions + parmesan cheese + chicken stock

Persimmons

  • Best Cooking Methods: bake, broil, raw
  • Pairs Well With: cinnamon, cream, ice cream, grapes, hazelnuts, honey, lemon, oil, orange, pecans, pomegranates, salad, salt, sugar, vanilla, walnuts
  • Classic Pairs:
    • Persimmons + allspice + cinnamon + ginger

Brussel Sprouts

  • Best Cooking Methods: boil, braise, saute, simmer, steam, stew, stir fry
  • Pairs Well With: bacon, butter, parmesan cheese, blue cheese, cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese, swiss cheese, chestnut, cream, garlic, lemon, olive oil, pancetta, parsley, pepper, salt, thyme, white wine vinegar
  • Classic Pairs:
    • Brussel sprouts + bacon + garlic + cider vinegar
    • Brussel sprouts + bacon + onion
    • Brussel sprouts + cream + nutmeg
    • Brussel sprout + lemon juice + thyme
    • Brussel sprout + pancetta + thyme

Sweet Potato

  • Best Cooking Methods: bake, broil, deep fry, grill, mash, roast, saute, steam
  • Pairs Well With: allspice, apples, bay leaf, butter, chile peppers, cilantro, cinnamon, cream, garlic, ginger, honey, lime, molasses, nutmeg, sesame oil, olive oil, onions, orange, parsley, pecans, pepper, salt, thyme, walnuts
  • Classic Pairs:
    • Sweet potato + allspice + cinnamon + ginger
    • Sweet potato + apples + sage
    • Sweet potatoes + bacon + onion + rosemary
    • Sweet potato + chile pepper + lemon zest
    • Sweet potato + chorizo + oranges
    • Sweet potato + kale + prosciutto
    • Sweet potato + maple syrup + pecan

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