The 65 Best Fall Appetizers to Devour This Season
Once Labor Day weekend ends, it's time to start dreaming about autumn menu ideas and easy recipes for your first fall dinner party. Or maybe it's a monster movie marathon, your kids' Halloween party or a weekend getaway. What should you tackle first? Pumpkin bread? A warm and cozy soup? Cinnamon rolls? Apple pie? We always like to start at the top with quick apps and handhelds that all your guests can get behind. Behold: 65 recipes for fall appetizers that’ll never disappoint.
4. Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprout Bites
Hello, panko-Parm breading and tangy Dijon dip. Bake them instead of frying for a healthy spin.
6. Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites
When these hit the table, we’re kids all over again. And yes, we’ll be dipping them in ketchup, thank you very much.
8. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce
Transform the season’s bounty in just 40 minutes. They’ll be gobbled up in five.
9. Baked Gorgonzola Bites
Meet the savory monkey bread you’ve always dreamed about. It’s only 30 minutes away.
12. Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes
Want to see some kids’ table magic? Set out a bowl of these poppable treats and watch them disappear.
16. Eggplant Parm Bites
Careful, these are dangerously poppable. Set them out with marinara, ketchup and pesto at your kid's next slumber party.
17. Carrot Pigs in a Blanket
Everyone’s favorite finger food just got a makeover. And she looks good, especially dripping with green goddess dressing.
18. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board
A bowl? Never heard of it. This elegant presentation has dinner party written all over it.
19. Spaghetti Squash Fritters
Spicy yogurt makes everything better. But these fried beauties made of spaghetti squash, scallions and kale don’t need much help.
23. Cheesy Polenta Bites with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta
Thanks to their miniature size, each and every morsel is totally surrounded by a crispy, cheesy, buttery outer crust.
27. Brussels Sprout Sliders
Bye-bye, buns. These are stuffed with prosciutto, pearl mozzarella and cherry tomatoes.
28. Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs
You’re three ingredients and 20 minutes away from the easiest app ever. Just stick ’em with toothpicks and serve with napkins.
29. Crisp Fall Green Salad with Benne Seed Ginger Dressing
If you love sesame seeds, this dressing made with the heirloom variety is about to become your new best friend.
30. Roasted Mixed Nuts
Appetizers don't get more classic than this. Fresh herbs, smoked paprika and cayenne bring a ton of flavor to your choice of nuts.
32. Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
Like a fancy cheese ball—but even easier.
34. Cranberry-Brie Puff-Pastry Pops
Because hors d’oeuvres (and everything else) are just better on a stick.
41. Pumpkin Beer Broccoli Cheddar Soup
We’re not saying you *need* to serve it with mini soft pretzels…but we can’t see why you wouldn’t.
43. Mini Apple Tarts
Wanna know the secret to their cute, round, shape? They’re baked in mason jar lids.
44. Peanut Butter Dip
We dare you to dip just one pretzel—we’re pretty sure it’s impossible.
48. Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup
The edible equivalent of a mother’s hug. The white cheddar-chive biscuit on top is the ultimate pièce de résistance.
49. Pizza with Butternut Squash Sauce
Marinara takes a back seat to a seven-ingredient sauce that’s the most decadent pairing for creamy ricotta and melted mozzarella.
50. Mini Caramel Pecan Pies with Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust
We know you’re not supposed to have sweets before dinner, but one look at these and all your guests will make an exception.
52. Homemade Cheese Crackers
These Cheez-Its replicas are extremely easy to make, and you can customize the type of cheese to suit your palate.
54. Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Straws
These flaky, crisp homemade crackers are conversation-pausing swirls of goodness.
65. Spanish Tapas Board
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