16 Crowd-Pleasing Appetizers for Your Fall Party
These fall appetizers' on-point seasonal flavors make them instant party hits
This clever serving vessel echoes your fall party tablescape perfectly.
Recipe: Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Seed-Mint Pesto
Recipe: Mini Pumpkin Bowls
The Asian seasonings take the sweet potatoes in a savory direction.
Recipe: Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip
Why only serve pumpkin at the end of your autumn meal? These handheld pies make for the perfect fall party bite or snack.
Recipe: Pumpkin Curry Empanadas
Sweet pears and sharp blue cheese create an exciting yet homey appetizer. Serve them with sparkling wine, or a slightly sweet white wine.
Recipe: Caramelized Pear and Sage Crostini
Pumpkin tacos are easy appetizers to prepare, but offer complex flavors. Guests can assemble their own, adding toasted chiles, slaw, and pumpkin seeds.
Recipe: Pumpkin Tacos
Warm and crispy veggie fritters accompanied by a crisp seasonal salad makes for a lovely autumn appetizer.
Recipe: Squash and Chickpea Fritters with Winter Greens and Hazelnut Salad
Think of these roasted cut butternut squash rounds as tiny homemade pizzas: You bake them and add any topping you like. They tend to go fast at parties.
Recipe: Rooibos Butternut “Pizzettas”
We cut this tart up into small pieces for an elegant appetizer, but you could also slice it into large wedges and serve it with a green salad for a light meal.
Recipe: Blue Cheese and Pear Tart
Fuyu persimmons and pomegranates add autumn color and a sweet-tart punch to bitter chicories (frisée and radicchio).
Recipe: Chicory Salad with Persimmons, Pomegranates, and Walnuts
The spices in this salad are like those in French gingerbread, or pain d'épice. If you make it with walnut oil, use walnuts; if you make it with hazelnut oil, use hazelnuts.
Recipe: Fall Green Salad with Apples, Nuts, and Pain d’Epice Dressing
If you’ve never had raw brussels sprouts before, this salad will be a revelation. To save time, use a handheld slicer for the sprouts and onion.
Recipe: Brussels Sprout Salad with Pecorino and Tangerine
Beautifully browned onions and mushrooms are the base for a rich, warm dressing that lightly wilts the spinach for a hearty fall salad.
Recipe: Warm Walnut Spinach Salad
Make a simple pesto out of arugula and almonds for a delicious toast topping. Add on cubes of roasted butternut for a tasty fall snack.
Recipe: Roasted Squash and Arugula Pesto Toasts
Roasting grapes brings out their sweetness and makes for the perfect toast topping along with a smear of ricotta and a sprinkling of chopped pistachios.
Recipe: Roasted Grape and Ricotta Toasts
Tart cranberries and tangy goat cheese make a great flavor pairing on these easy toasts.
Recipe: Cranberry Relish and Goat Cheese Toasts
From kabocha squash to grape, these varieties on mini homemade focaccia breads are a delicious way to kick off a fall party.
Recipe: Fall Focaccia Four Ways