The following post was sponsored but all opinion, photographs and recipes are my own!
Welcome to my home friends! Today’s blog post is recapping a lovely blogger fall harvest potluck I hosted last weekend with Autumn Glory Apples. I had some of Atlanta’s finest lifestyle and food bloggers there- Peachfully Chic, Sarah Lampley Blog, Darling Down South, The Nutrition Addiction, Kale Me Kelly and Probably Polka Dots. On top of being great bloggers, these ladies are also some of the sweetest friends I have! I was so thankful to have them in my home for this special lunch.
Before I tell you about the lunch- have you ever heard of Autumn Glory Apples? Not to be confused with other red apples, Autumn Glory Apples taste like natures own caramel candy! I’m not even kidding my friends- these are hands down the best apples I have ever tried. My husband and my puppies will agree with me. My pups, Henry and Heidi, don’t like apples but since Autumn Glory Apples are sweet with a hint of cinnamon, they eat them right up! I like cutting mine up and dipping them in almond butter for a healthy snack. They also add a lot of flavor to any dish- especially fall dishes!
Each blogger, including myself, incorporated Autumn Glory Apples into their dishes. We had some incredibly delicious recipes shared among the table- from an apple parsnip soup, to a shaved brussels sprout apple salad and of course, a delectable apple pie for dessert! The food was so good you would think you were eating at a 5-star restaurant! These ladies know how to cook!
Want to throw a harvest potluck of your own? Here are my top three pieces of advice on how to throw a very successful potluck-
Invite fun friends that you can count on
Think of a few friends that you know are always fun to talk to AND that you can rely on. When it comes to cooking for others you want friends that will show up and not leave you hanging with a bunch of food.
Pick a theme
Our theme was the delicious fall fruit- apples! It was a lot of fun to pick a theme because everyone got to be creative using that one similar ingredient in their recipes. One of the ladies brought a fall sangria that had Autumn Glory Apples plus cranberries in it! So creative!
Don’t Stress Over the Decor
As a hostess, it’s very easy to get stressed over how everything looks. But once you have all those pretty dishes on the table, it will look perfect! I kept the decor super simple by only using neutral colors with the Autumn Glory Apples adding a pop of color. I made a pretty flower arrangement to put in the middle of the table and BAM- my table was ready!
PREP: TOTAL TIME: SERVINGS: 4
- 4 cornish hens
- 1 Autumn Glory Apple- diced
- 1 pack of cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons cranberries
- Pinch of garlic salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Being by making your stuffing- throw the cream cheese, Autumn Glory apple and cranberries into a mixer (or mix by hand). Only mix for 30 seconds so it keeps its thick, chunky texture.
- Clean out your cornish hens and make sure nothing is inside. Add two tablespoons of stuffing inside of cornish hens.
- Tie the legs so the stuffing doesn’t come out.
- Lightly salt your hens
- Roast hens, rotating pan halfway through, until skin turns golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 180 degrees, 45 to 50 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut hens in half lengthwise.