60 Appetizer Recipes That’ll Get The Party Started This Fall (2024)

60 Appetizer Recipes That’ll Get The Party Started This Fall (1)

Don't get us wrong, we are big fans of summer (love her work!), but fall might just be our favorite time of year for eating. It’s got all the best food holidays (like Thanksgiving!), all the coziest foods (like casseroles and soups), and it’s the perfect time to gather our friends and families over out of the cold. Whether you’re throwing a rager or are just having a casual get-together this fall, you’ve gotta have apps. They make or break a party, in our opinion (that, and co*cktails)—lucky for you, we’ve got tons of seasonal options here. Check out our list of 60 fall appetizers for all the ideas you'll ever need!

When it comes to the perfect party, there are a few appetizer guidelines we like to follow. There should be a mix of sweet and salty, bite-sized options and chips and dips, a little something healthy in there, and nothing overly complicated. We’ve got some go-tos we return to again and again, but we’re transforming them for fall with seasonal flavors and produce. Looking for something sweet? Try our cannoli chips and dip, our sweet potato bites (complete with marshmallows), or our caramel apple nachos. Leaning more salty? Check out our green bean casserole bundles, our ham and cheese pinwheels, or our mini shepherd’s pies. Not into plates, and want easy finger foods? Try our butternut squash potstickers, our pumpkin deviled eggs, or our french onion soup bombs. Want an appetizer table showstopper that’ll make all your guests ooh and ahh? Take a look at our cranberry brie pull-apart bread, pub beer cheese dip, or Thanksgiving ring. Want to default to something easier, like chips and dip? Try swapping your chips for produce, like our sweet potato chips or apple chips, or switch up the flavors of your favorite dips, like with our cranberry whipped feta dip, our pumpkin hummus, or our maple-prosciutto baked brie. It’s easy to incorporate all your fall favorites into appetizers—honestly, what better reason to throw a party?

Want more fall inspiration? Check out our favorite fall co*cktails, fall dinners, and fall desserts too.


Cheesy Green Bean Mushroom Tart

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Green beans and mushrooms are a combo we never get tired of, and that goes double for this tart. Fresh blanched green beans are layered onto a creamy blend of ricotta and goat cheese, topped with garlicky mushrooms and cheddar cheese, then baked on a puff pastry crust until perfectly melty, crisp, and crave-able.

Get the Cheesy Green Bean Mushroom Tart recipe.


Cranberry Whipped Feta Dip

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This cranberry-topped whipped feta dip is here to save your holiday appetizer planning. Fresh feta cheese is combined with herbs, garlic, and cream cheese, whipped until super-smooth, then topped with tart homemade cranberry sauce, toasted pistachios, and honey. The result is a salty, creamy, sweet, tart, and absolutely irresistible dip.

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Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

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These pumpkin deviled eggs are way easier to make than a jack-o'-lantern. Paprika gives each its bold color, while a fresh chive makes for the perfect stem. So cute!

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Antipasto Roll-Ups

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Your favorite antipasto just got even better—it’s now wrapped in buttery puff pastry. A couple bites in, and you’ll be going back for another. And another. Layered with Provolone, salami, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, and slathered in a Kalamata olive and pepperoncini spread, you’re going to be dreaming about these bundles for days.

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Pumpkin Cheese Ball

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Part retro, part cult classic, it’s hard to go wrong with a cheese ball. This festive pumpkin rendition may not contain any actual pumpkin, but it’s full of fresh herbs, minced jalapeño, and of course, plenty of cheese (and is SO cute on a holiday cheese board!).

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Potato Croquettes

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Potato croquettes are one of the most popular Spanish tapas, or small plates, and for good reason. They’re a fantastic way to give day-old mashed potatoes a new life and are the perfect bite-size appetizer for when you want something more exciting than potato chips that still hits those same comfort food notes.

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Pub Beer Cheese Dip

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We've done beer cheese in a skillet with pigs in a blanket, over brats, on sliders, and even folded it into macaroni for the most genius comfort food ever. There's one way we had never done it: COLD. 😲 It's salty, creamy, cheesy, and as ridiculously simple to make as it is to scarf down.

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French Onion Soup Bombs

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Cheese and savory onion soup all packed into a delicious ciabatta roll—what more could you need? If you don't have ciabatta rolls on hand, feel free to use Hawaiian rolls instead! They'll be just as good.

Get the French Onion Soup Bombs recipe.


Cranberry Brie Pull-Apart Bread

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Pull-apart bread reaches a whole new level, thanks to brie and cranberry sauce. Use your favorite homemade sauce recipes, but store-bought works too if you're short for time!

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Tempeh Buffalo “Wings”

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Quicker to make and easier to eat than Buffalo chicken wings, this plant-based version swaps chicken for snackable triangles of tempeh to mimic the crowd-pleasing appetizer.

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Green Bean Casserole Bundles

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These are the perfect fall appetizer—they've get everything you love from green bean casserole, but are SO much easier to make. Hot tip: Make extra, these go fast!

Get the Green Bean Casserole Bundles recipe.


Baked Feta Bites

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If you’re a fan of our cranberry brie bites, we’ve got news for you: There’s a new app in town, and it’s inspired by another fan fave, baked feta pasta. This cheesy finger food features the flavors you know and love, all nestled into bite-sized cups of golden crescent roll dough.

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Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

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Trust us, grape jelly goes GREAT on meatballs. Autumn party guests of all ages will love it. The sweet jelly mixed with smoky BBQ sauce is a match made in heaven.

Get the Slow-Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs recipe.


Spinach Puffs

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If you love baked spinach dip, you will love these baked puff pastry puffs. They're filled with a mixture of sautéed onion, garlic, spinach, and cream cheese and baked inside little puff pastry cups in a muffin tin. We bet you can't eat just one!

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Butternut Squash Potstickers

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Making your own potstickers doesn't have to be complicated. These vegan potstickers are easy to put together and most of your time is spent roasting your squash until really tender, which can be done ahead of time. Crimping takes a little practice, but the good news is that even if they look a little wonky they are still going to taste great!

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Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Bites

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Little puff pastry squares get topped with caramelized onions and a little crumbled goat cheese for an easy appetizer that always wows. The final step is a light drizzle of honey for that salty sweet combination everyone will love. Hot tip: These are the perfect opportunity to bust out any good-quality honey you’ve been saving.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkins are pretty amazing. You can carve them, roast them, serve them savory or sweet. One of their best (and often overlooked) attributes is their seeds! They’re super easy to prepare and make a seriously delicious snack. They're great prepared super simply, roasted with salt and melted butter, but the variations are completely endless, so get creative.

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Sheet Pan Honey Mustard–Pretzel Chicken

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In our opinion, the crunchier, the better. Which is why pretzels make the perfect chicken coating for these nuggets. The obvious and best dipping sauce? Honey mustard, of course. It's a MUST.

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Sweet Potato Bites

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Sweet potato casserole is always a favorite at our Thanksgiving celebrations, so we thought we'd turn it into an appetizer too. These bites will go fast, so make extra!

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

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If you're unfamiliar with dates, it's time to familiarize yourself! The date's sweetness is the PERFECT counterpoint to crisp, salty bacon and creamy goat cheese. We guarantee these will fly off the platter when the party's barely begun.

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60 Appetizer Recipes That’ll Get The Party Started This Fall (2024)


What do you serve at a fall party? ›

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What to serve for appetizers at a party? ›

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  • Chipotle-Lime Mixed Nuts. ...
  • Easy Stuffed Stromboli. ...
  • Crab Fondue. ...
  • Prosciutto and Cheese Puff Pastry Pinwheels. ...
  • Slow Cooker Spinach Feta Dip.
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What are the 6 types of appetizers? ›

What Are the Different Types of Appetizers?
  • co*cktails. co*cktails are some of the most popular appetizers. ...
  • Hors D'oeuvres. Hors d'oeuvres are immediately different co*cktails in that they can be served hot or cold, and come highly seasoned rather than with co*cktail sauce. ...
  • Canape. ...
  • Relishes & Crudite. ...
  • Salad. ...
  • Soup. ...
  • Chips & Dips.
Aug 1, 2022

How much finger food for 40 guests? ›

Here's a general guideline: Number of Appetizers: Plan for 4-6 different types of appetizers. Quantity per Person: Estimate around 5-6 pieces per person per hour. So for a 4-5 hour party, you'd aim for around 20-30 pieces per person in total.

What are famous fall foods? ›

Flavors and foods that speak and smell of Autumn include:
  • Turkey,
  • Orange squash (butternut and acorn)
  • Pumpkin, pears, apples, raisins,
  • Spiced cider, and hot chocolate,
  • Cinnamon and vanilla,
  • Cranberries, seeds,
  • Mushrooms,
  • Nuts, particularly chestnuts and pecans,
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What foods are popular in fall? ›

I have apples, winter squash, pumpkin, cinnamon, candy, pies, chiles, cheese, caramel, chocolate, brussels sprouts, figs, pomegranates, a roast, pastas galore, chips, dips and breakfasts… basically my 75 favorite fall foods.

What is the most popular appetizer? ›

Top 100 Appetizer Recipes
  • Mozzarella Sticks. “This recipe was so good and easy. ...
  • Bite Size Sandwiches. “These were good! ...
  • Turkey & Spinach Bites. ...
  • Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls With Blue Cheese Dip. ...
  • Cheesy Fried Chicken Parm Balls. ...
  • Spicy Sausage Won Ton Appetizer. ...
  • Chicken Phyllo Mini Tarts. ...
  • Mini Taco Quiches.

What are the 7 appetizers? ›

What are the 7 appetizers?
  • co*cktails.
  • Hors d' oeuvres.
  • Canape.
  • Relishes/Crudité
  • Salads.
  • Soup & Consommé
  • Chips & Dips.

How many appetizers do I need for 60 guests? ›

If you're hosting a party of 50, then you can offer 6 to 9 different items. Parties with over 60-75 guests can easily have 9 or more items without over doing it.

What is the new trend in appetizers? ›

What street foods are starting to pick up steam in the appetizer category? Bao buns from China, empanadas from Spain, falafel from the Middle East, and crepes from France are all rising in popularity. Look to these for inspiration for next-level appetizers that will truly delight adventurous consumers.

What is considered as the simplest type of appetizer? ›

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – are the simplest appetizer. Fruits are good appetizers because they give an attractive appearance, fragrance, appealing taste and delicious flavor. For example, you could serve a platter of thinly sliced cucumbers, chunks of red bell pepper and baby carrots.

What are the 8 appetizers? ›

From wings, dips, cheesy goodness, and party snacks—these delicious foods can be enjoyed anytime!
  • Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings.
  • Chipotle Shrimp Taco Bites.
  • Chorizo Queso Dip.
  • Garlic and Goat Cheese Bites.
  • Baked Parsnip Chips.
  • Hot Crab, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip.
  • Frank's RedHot Wings.

How do you feed 50 guests on a budget? ›

So I'm going to go with a budget of $200 - $4 per person.
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  2. Casseroles - I have two favorites. ...
  3. Meatballs and sauce. ...
  4. veggies and dip.
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  6. Dump cake. ...
  7. Ham or Turkey sliders. ...
  8. onion dip and chips.
Feb 9, 2024

What to cook for a party of 50? ›

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  • Meatballs. ...
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  • Homemade Pizza. ...
  • Baked Pasta. ...
  • Skewers.
Apr 4, 2023

What are the most popular finger foods for parties? ›

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  • Pigs in a Blanket. Excite the kids at your event with the best finger foods for a party. ...
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  • Mozzarella Sticks. ...
  • Chicken Taquitos. ...
  • Pepperoni Pizza Rolls. ...
  • Bean and Cheese Taquitos. ...
  • Fish Sticks. ...
  • Empanadas.
Jan 10, 2024

How do you host a fall outdoor party? ›

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  3. Hay Bale Seating. ...
  4. Branch Out with Your Color Scheme. ...
  5. Keep Cozy Blankets Nearby. ...
  6. Design a Hearty Fall Menu. ...
  7. Play Up a Dessert Spread. ...
  8. Go All-Out with the Centerpiece and Décor.

How do you throw a fall party? ›

Creative Fall Party Ideas
  1. Pumpkin Carving. Host a pumpkin carving party complete with a friendly competition for the best design. ...
  2. Costume Party. ...
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  6. Craft Night. ...
  7. Pumpkin Painting Party. ...
  8. Mixology Classes.
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What do you eat and drink in fall? ›

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  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Simply Recipes. ...
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Sep 14, 2016


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