Are you a fan of fall foods? We are always on the lookout for the next yummy fall appetizers to put in front of friends and family when they stop by, something memorable but not too hard to make.
Anyone else out there who can’t talk and cook at the same time?
Lots of people manage it but I’d walk right into my own oven if I get distracted enough. So we want to spend time with company and not try to read a recipe with 100 steps while chatting.
Not for a quick fall appetizer, anyway. We leave the complicated recipes for big events like our annual Christmas brunch.
Need a nice centerpiece meal to set some of these appetizers alongside? We love this tried-and-true, from-scratch Sloppy Joes created for us to share with you, our readers.
Take a look at our list of fall appetizer recipes and see what you like.
There’s no appetizer more impressive than a charcuterie board.
Piled high with delicious cured meats, cheeses, crackers, nuts, and more, serving this gorgeous and delicious spread is sure to wow your guests!
To assemble, start with a bowl of fig butter and candy corn. Once the bowl is in place, add the meats and cheese then followed by crackers and bread.
Don’t forget the fresh grapes!
When it comes to easy fall appetizer recipes, no one can beat this butternut squash parmesan dip!
Loaded with white beans, roasted squash, cheese, and crunchy pepitas, the recipe has the right amount of sweetness and saltiness.
And the secret to its rich, hearty, extra warm, and creamy texture?
Roasting the squash and baking the entire dip in the oven!
Start your meal on a cheesy but herby note with these incredibly satisfying bites. They’re sure to make your holiday feel extra festive!
Easy to put together and with only seven ingredients, these lemon-herb cheese bites are best to serve with pretzel sticks alongside.
Bite-sized cheese bites? Yes, please!
This three-ingredient appetizer packs a lot of flavor and texture into one bite.
Crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, it consists of adorable bite-sized phyllo shells, brie cheese, wonderfully tasty spiced apple berry sauce, and ground black pepper.
Each ingredient is store-bought so there’s no further prep required.
Simply assemble the ingredients, bake, then…VY-OH-LAY.
If you’ve never added roasted butternut squash to hummus, this upcoming fall is the perfect time to try it out!
Perfect for fall dinner parties and ordinary snacking, this recipe is creamy and has a hint of sweetness from the squash then flavored with warm, earthy spices like cumin and smoked paprika.
To make, start by roasting the butternut squash. Make sure it’s nice and tender so it blends well.
Next, add it to a food processor with other ingredients and spices. Done!
6. Pumpkin Soup
If you’re looking for a go-to pumpkin appetizer this fall, this just might be it!
Simmered pumpkin, along with chicken broth, gives the soup a deep and caramelized flavor with a sense of depth.
A dollop of mint pesto added at the end of the prep also offers the dish a blend of bright and nutty mouthfeel.
Looking for easy fall appetizers or a flavorful new way to enjoy pumpkin seeds? this fall recipe will fit the bill!
What I like about this recipe is that you don’t need any special equipment and it requires only a few ingredients to put together.
The seeds are toasted in the oven and seasoned with herbs and spices such as paprika, basil, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne or chipotle powder.
For fun, fall entertaining, add a bowl of these spiced pumpkin seeds to your cheeseboard.
Tangy goat cheese, butternut squash, and crusty Italian bread come together in perfect harmony with this autumn-inspired bruschetta recipe.
Aside from the three ingredients, the appetizer features crumbled pecans and green apple which give this bruschetta a nice crunch.
They’re then finished with a little drizzle of balsamic dressing and hot honey. Yum!
Filled with a savory mixture of breadcrumbs, pecans, and mushrooms, it’s going to be one of your new go-to party appetizers for fall, for sure!
What’s more, this recipe is made right in your microwave.
Wait, what? Believe it or not, the mushrooms would come out nice and firm–they’re not soggy at all!
Start your party off right by serving this cozy minestrone soup filled with fall vegetables, tender pasta, and creamy kidney beans.
The recipe calls for carrots, zucchini, and tomatoes, but you can always add other veggies such as cauliflower, spinach, and brussels sprouts.
It’s delicious when served warm with parmesan cheese.
This appetizer recipe is probably one of the best fall appetizers you can find on the web.
Why? It’s easy yet delicious!
To begin, simply slice your Granny Smith apples into thin slices then layer at least two apple slices on top of each chilled polenta wheel.
Make sure to top the apples with a pinch of gorgonzola then chill them until they’re ready to serve.
Though it’s shaped like a pumpkin, these cheese balls have nothing to do with the vegetable.
In fact, the recipe calls only for cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, spices, salsa, and crushed nacho chips.
The making process involves mixing, chilling, and topping the balls with crushed nacho chips.
This appetizer is decorated with bell pepper stem or jalapeno to imitate the look of a real pumpkin.
These turkey cranberry cream cheese wontons are oozing with Asian flavors and crispy goodness, making this appetizer one of the must-try fall appetizers for a crowd!
And there’s something more about these wontons, crispy exterior and sweet, savory, and tangy inside. You shouldn’t miss these!
14. Autumn Pinwheels
Sweet and savory, these fall finger foods features cream cheese, raisins, and colorful bell peppers–all rolled in wheat flour tortillas.
The recipe is customizable! If you’re running out or low on yellow bell pepper, substitute it with golden raisins.
You can also use spinach or sun-dried tomato if you’re not into flour tortillas (which is impossible).
You’re just 40 minutes away from getting this crowd-pleasing appetizer recipe on the table!
There are two important elements in these vegan bites: sweet potatoes and cashew-based cream.
These two are combined along with Miscela tapenade and a micro basil leaf.
The result? An appetizer that’s full of excitement!
There is no occasion that cannot be improved upon by nachos.
I’m not talking about that Mexican favorite, but these apple nachos.
This recipe only requires four basic ingredients plus it’s quite straightforward to make!
Simply slice and cut green apples and red apples into 1/4″ slices, place the slices into a plastic bag with lemon juice, shake, arrange on the plate, then garnish with chocolate chips and nuts!
So if you’re searching for easy fall appetizer ideas, then this one should be included!
Just seven ingredients are needed to make this easy appetizer, and I suggest doubling (or tripling) the recipe as it’s bound to disappear for a few seconds!
Plus, the bites are ridiculously easy and inexpensive to make.
Seriously, you only need baguette, apple butter, brie, apples, lemon juice, candied pecans, and honey for finishing.
Everyone is sure to love the creamy take on this party spread.
Cream cheese and caramel sauce add a lovely sweet note to this appetizer while a sprinkle of toffee bits gives it a nice textural nuance.
Perfect for your fall party, a get-together with besties, and game day, the recipe is even more enjoyable when served with sliced apples, pears, or pretzels.
Savory, flaky, buttery, and loaded with rich sweetness from luscious butternut squash, what could you ask for more in this appetizer?
True, the ingredients might be overwhelming but the end result is totally worth everything.
The recipe serves six so it’s ideal to double or triple the batch because these little bites are sure to disappear from the appetizer table in seconds!
The bottom line
There’s something about the changing seasons, especially here in Texas where it happens quite a bit later than the northern states.
We get giddy when the PSL hits the market again. We don’t see sweater weather until mid-November usually, and sometimes not even then.
For us at CookingChew, though, we are already eyes set on leafy wreaths on the door, and pumpkin decor, hot drinks in the afternoons, and thinking about what the holidays hold for us.
Hope you picked a new fall appetizer favorite from our list!
- Harvest Charcuterie Board
- Butternut Squash Parmesan Bean Dip
- Lemon-Herb Cheese Bites
- Holiday Spiced Brie Bites
- Roasted Butternut Squash Hummus
- Pumpkin Soup
- Spiced Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)
- Autumn Bruschetta
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Autumn Minestrone Soup
- Apple Polenta Gorgonzola Bites
- Pumpkin Cheese Balls
- Turkey Cranberry Cream Cheese Wontons
- Autumn Pinwheels
- Vegan Sweet Potato Bites
- Caramel Apple Nachos
- Brie, Apple, and Honey Crostini
- Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread
- Herb Roasted Butternut Squash, White Cheddar, and Dijon Palmiers
- Pick five Fall appetizers and prepare the ingredients.
- Start making recipes and serve them at your Fall party.
- Share with us your experience serving these appetizers.