Fall is nearly here, and it’s time to get cookin’! While the summer festivities are coming to an end, we welcome the joys of Fall and the southern recipes that bring the whole family together. You may already be contemplating what to serve for Thanksgiving, or perhaps simply greeting the new season with your favorite fall flavors. Below, we’ve chosen some delicious fall seafood recipes worthy of your kitchen table!

Homemade Apple Cider

This first one isn’t quite a seafood dish, but who can pass up a good apple cider in Autumn? It’s apple season at the North Carolina Farmers Market! After you’ve picked up some fresh apples, be sure to try this recipe. Your friends and family will thank you!

Ingredients:

  • 8 gala apples, cored and quartered
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 10 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Instructions:

  1. First, place the quartered apples into a slow cooker. Add in cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and allspice in there and pour in the 10 cups of water and cook on high for 3 hours.
  2. Once the apples have cooked, mash the apples with a potato masher. Add in brown sugar and cook on low for an additional 1-3 hours.
  3. To achieve a drinkable, cider consistency, strain any apple pieces from the liquid. After throwing away the strained apple bits store the cider in an airtight container. You can store for up to 1 week or freeze for later use.

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Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Let’s start with the classic bacon-wrapped scallops! These delicious bites are a mix of fancy and simple. They’re so tasty with delicious bacon on the outside and succulent scallops on the inside. This dish or starter is sure to please your family and holiday guests.

Ingredients:

  • 16 sea scallops see recipe notes
  • 8 slices bacon cut in half crosswise
  • 16 toothpicks
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • kosher salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  3. Pat scallops dry with a paper towel and remove any side muscles. Wrap one scallop in a half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick (see recipe note #2). Repeat with remaining scallops.
  4. Drizzle olive oil over each scallop and season with pepper and kosher salt.
  5. Arrange scallops in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, giving each scallop some room to allow the bacon to crisp.
  6. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until scallop is tender and opaque and bacon is cooked through. Serve hot.

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Oysters Rockefeller

Another great side/started dish is oyster Rockefeller. These tasty little bites are full of flavor and will impress your guests this fall! They’re simple to make and work as party treats or starters while your friends and family await a meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 package (9 ounces) fresh spinach, torn
  • 1 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds kosher salt
  • 3 dozen fresh oysters in the shell, washed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. In a large skillet, saute onion in butter until tender.
  3. Add spinach; cook and stir until wilted. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese, lemon juice and pepper.
  4. Spread kosher salt into 2 ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pans.
  5. Shuck oysters, reserving each oyster and the oyster liquid in the bottom shell.
  6. Lightly press the oyster shells down into salt, using salt to keep the oysters level.
  7. Top each with 2-1/2 tsp. of your spinach mixture.
  8. Bake, uncovered until oysters are plump. This usually takes about 6-8 minutes. Serve immediately.

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Seafood Stuffing

There are no limits to how creative you can get with stuffing and you’re not limited to turkey either! Stuffing such as this recipe which features crab, oysters, and shrimp can make for a delicious side dish any night of the week!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 cups chopped cornbread (almost 2 Jiffy boxes cooked)
  • 1 cup rice, cooked
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups chopped peppers (almost 2 medium peppers)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp chopped thyme
  • 2 tsp chopped sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ⅓ cup mayo
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp old bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ½ pound shrimp, chopped
  • 8 oz tub crab meat
  • 2 cans of smoked oysters, drained

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked rice and cornbread cubes and set aside. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat and add the peppers, onions, celery, garlic, thyme, sage, and salt. For 7-9 minutes or until translucent, saute vegetables and herbs and then allow to cool. In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, mayo, parsley, black pepper, poultry seasoning, old bay and Cajun seasoning. Add this mixture to the bowl with the cornbread and rice. Then add the beaten eggs, chicken broth, and vegetables. Stir well to combine.
  3. Gently stir in the chopped shrimp and crab meat. Once that is combined, add the oysters and very gently stir just until the oysters are combined. Adding the seafood at the end keeps it from being broken up too much.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown with slightly crisp edges.

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Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and grits are a southern staple and for good reason! It’s easy to prepare and can be made in a variety of ways. This delicious recipe features bacon and let’s be honest, bacon makes everything taste better!

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Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium raw shrimp, unpeeled
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
  • 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Cheese Grits

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet, fry bacon until crisp. Once the bacon is cooked, drain on paper towels, and reserve the bacon drippings in pan. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
  2. Peel, devein, and salt and pepper shrimp and toss the shrimp in flour.
  3. Add the oil to the drippings and sauté the mushrooms for a couple of minutes. Add the green onions and continue to sauté for a couple more minutes. Toss in the shrimp and garlic and sauté until the shrimp just begins to brown.
  4. Stir in the chicken broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce, making sure to stir in all those drippings and flavors from the pan.
  5. Finally, spoon your shrimp mixture over a hot plate of cheese grits and top with crumbled bacon.

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Don’t forget to stop into your favorite seafood restaurant at the North Carolina Farmers Market or check out our menu and order online for freshly made seafood from our kitchen to your table.