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When it comes time to host a dinner party, you can’t help but stress a little. Should Susan sit next to Julia? Which side of the plate does the wine glass go on? I can’t serve turkey meatballs again, can I? Take a breath, because we’re serving up seven fall-inspired dishes that will erase any of your doubts. Trust us, your guests will be begging for these recipes.

Pomegranate Avocado Salad with Candied Walnuts

Yes, this is just as delicious as it is beautiful. Thanks to the flavors of maple-candied walnuts, avocado, blue cheese and pomegranate, this salad is anything but bland.

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Parmesan-Herb Cornish Hens

Chicken cutlets will seem so lackluster once your guests get a taste of this recipe. All you need is 50 minutes and a stove-top grill (if it’s too chilly to use the real thing, of course).

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Cranberry, Brussels Sprouts and Brie Skillet Nachos

While these might be a departure from pub nachos, we promise your guests will have no problem pulling these guys apart. (In fact, we encourage it.) Melted Brie combined with cranberries, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts make for the perfect salty-sweet combination.

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Slow-Cooker Mushroom Mac and Cheese

How can anyone deny this creamy dish filled with mushrooms and three types of cheese? Even better: It’s made entirely in a slow cooker.

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Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

What’s more, they’re topped off with a garlic-Parmesan cream sauce. Ideal for a chilly night gathered ’round the table with friends.

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Skillet Steak with Asparagus and Potatoes

Made in one pan, so it’s quick, easy and essentially foolproof. Serve with a side of your favorite steak sauce (we recommend Stubb’s Original) and let the compliments roll in.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

If you’re really on a mission to impress, this one is a no-brainer. It boasts tender shredded beef in a garlicky and juicy tomato sauce over pappardelle pasta. Don’t forget a loaf of crusty bread so you can wipe up every last bit of sauce.

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