5 Easy Fall Dishes You Can Cook in Your Room at Ocean Reef

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Among the many reasons budget-savvy Grand Strand travelers might choose to stay at Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Reef Resort — many of the resort’s accommodation options feature fully furnished kitchens or kitchenettes. So, rather than putting a strain on their vacation dollars by eating out for every meal, guests at Ocean Reef can save some money for other fun activities by cooking some of their meals right in their room, then enjoying the fruits of their labor with an oceanfront view.

If you’re planning to prepare a few meals in your room during your family’s next autumn beach getaway, consider these five easy-to-make dishes that are a perfect fit in the fall:

Pumpkin pancakes — Incorporating one of fall’s signature flavors with pumpkin puree, then stepping up the seasonal theme with a selection of fall spices, these pumpkin pancakes make for a great way to start a crisp autumn day on the Carolina coast. See the full recipe. Tip: For a fun treat for the kids, use chocolate chips to create a jack-o-lantern face in the pancakes after pouring the batter into the skillet.

Squash gratin — This recipe using two types of fall-harvest squash (butternut and kabocha) is a great side-dish option after visiting a local farmers market for some fresh-from-the-farm main ingredients. Cheese lovers will appreciate the melted, golden-brown gruyere cheese that serves as the dish’s topper. Check out the full recipe.

Sausage & Grits Lasagna — Putting a distinctively Southern twist on a favorite Italian dish, this hearty casserole substitutes stone-ground grits for the usual noodles in lasagna. It’s also sure to please the meat and cheese lovers in your crew with its sweet Italian sausage and provolone cheese. Get the full recipe.

Harvest Chicken Casserole — This dish can feed a crowd, and it incorporates a range of fall favorites like sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, cranberries and almonds. It also keeps well, so you can serve it as the centerpiece of a simple, leftovers-driven meal later. Check out the full recipe.

Apple butter pumpkin pie — No list of fall recipes would be quite complete without including the quintessential fall dessert, pumpkin pie. And this twist on the traditional adds a welcome fruity flavor by incorporating apple butter. Top it off with a bit of whipped cream for some added sweetness. See the full recipe.

Not in the mood for cooking? (Or doing the dishes?) With the wide variety of dining options available near the resort and all over the Grand Strand, guests at Ocean Reef Resort won’t have much trouble tracking down just the dish they’re craving when hunger strikes. Book your oceanfront Myrtle Beach getaway today, and come see why Myrtle Beach is such a great destination for beach lovers and foodies alike.