These fall appetizers highlight the best seasonal flavors! Pick from our best crowd-pleasing recipes for parties or to start an autumn meal.
Once the weather starts to get a chill, our brains switch from tomatoes to sweet potatoes and from peaches to apples and cranberries. Looking to entertain? Here are all the best fall appetizers! Browse the list below to make an incredible spread. Recipes include seasonal ideas with autumnal ingredients like cranberries, apples, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, as well as appetizer favorites like spinach artichoke dip and stuffed mushrooms. Let the party begin!
And now…the best fall appetizers!
A quick and easy fall appetizer? Try Cranberry Goat Cheese! This festive spread is perfect for parties, pairing the flavors of cranberry, pistachio and fresh rosemary with the tangy cheese. Drizzle honey over the top before serving for a sweet pop. It’s fast to put together and ideal for snack tables, scooped up with crackers or crostini.
Here’s the best easy appetizer: the Ultimate Cheese Board! Cheese boards are our go-to for entertaining: they’re simple to put together, easy to customize for various diets, and look simply brilliant. Building a spread like this one can feel intimidating at first: and some articles on the subject can make it feel like rocket science. Good news: it’s not! Here’s an easy way to make a cheese board, with loads of cheese board ideas so you can build the spread of your dreams.
Here's a perfect fall appetizer: pumpkin hummus! The idea of combining that ubiquitous fall vegetable with chickpeas into a savory hummus might seem a little odd at first. It’s surprisingly good: creamy, savory and with an undertone of autumnal goodness.
Here’s a healthy snack that's irresistibly fun: Apple Nachos! This simple combination of sweetened yogurt, almonds and apple slices is so refreshing and delicious, it’s hard to stop sneaking bites. Top with the crunchy toppings of your choosing.
This spinach artichoke dip takes the classic to a new level! This tangy, creamy dip recipe is such a crowd pleaser that it might interfere with the conversation when you serve it. Guests tend to park themselves around the bowl (we're sorry, not sorry!). Serve with bread or pita chips.
There could not be an easier appetizer recipe than baked brie! Here's how to make a melty, delicious pile of cheese. The great part? The toppings are versatile depending on your preferences, and you can make a beautiful platter with little effort.
Cranberries and salsa aren’t the most likely pair: until you’ve tried this Cranberry Salsa recipe! This fun fall appetizer is zingy and bright, pairing tart berries with fresh cilantro, onion, and jalapeno for a sweet tart dip. Sugar balances out the tart flavor, and the hint of heat from jalapeno is just right for pairing with the berries.
These fun bites are like crostini, but use roasted sweet potatoes as a base! Top them like you would a loaded potato, with cheese, sour cream, and green onions. They're ultra flavorful and everyone goes crazy for them.
There’s no easier fall appetizer than this warm goat cheese with marmalade! It’s got just 4 ingredients, takes just 10 minutes to bake, and tastes like an absolute dream. The tangy, gooey goat cheese against the citrusy marmalade and herbaceous thyme is pure bliss.
Looking for a great fall appetizer recipe for entertaining…or just snacking? Try these simple stuffed mushrooms! These little bites have everything going on: they’re savory, meaty, and herby, with a tender exterior and a crunch in each bite. Even better, this recipe is incredibly easy: no need to sauté filling ingredients.
This Olive Tapenade takes just 5 minutes and explodes with pure Mediterranean flavor! This traditional French spread is made with olives and capers, and the salty, briny flavor is otherworldly. Spread a smear on bread or a crunchy crostini.
Here’s a quick bread that’s begging to be part of your fall baking repertoire: Sweet Potato Bread! This alterative to pumpkin bread is even more fun than the classic, we think. Why? It’s incredibly moist and sweetly spiced, with cinnamon and a beautiful nuance from the sweet potato. This recipe makes a tall, fluffy loaf that looks impressive.
Stuffed dates are incredibly easy to make with a deliciously simple flavor pairing. There’s the sweet caramel chewiness of Medjool dates. Pair that with tangy, fluffy goat cheese, and the sweet-savory combo is out of this world. Or, stuff them with almond butter and top with chunky sea salt.
Here's a simple fall appetizer: Pumpkin Yogurt Dip! It tastes like everything you love about the season: pumpkin, maple, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, and it takes only 5 minutes to stir together. Serve with apple slices as a healthy appetizer idea.
Looking for a fun, creamy dip that’s simple to whip up for guests? Try this homemade French Onion Dip! Sure, you can easily grab a tub at the store. But making this classic dip at home takes it to a new level. The flavor is fresh, savory, rich and tangy: ideal for drowning salty potato chips or crunchy veggies.
Here’s a fall appetizer we promise you won’t be able to stop eating (promise). Try our fan favorite Baked Goat Cheese Dip! There’s something about the sweet, garlicky fire roasted tomato sauce and the creamy, tangy chevre that makes you park yourself right in front of the dish.
Who doesn’t love potato skins? Those crispy, savory vessels for creamy, cheesy deliciousness could melt even the most stone cold heart. So when you’re looking to impress, why not try them at home? This method offers some innovations so you can complete it in less time than most potato skin recipes.
Meet whipped feta dip, the quickest and easiest appetizer that seems fancy but only takes 5 minutes to make. Yes, 5 minutes! Serve creamy feta drizzled with honey and dip with warm flatbread. For a fall flair, add a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds or dried cranberries and chopped rosemary.
Here’s a favorite party trick of ours that makes a tasty and versatile appetizer in just 5 minutes of hands on time. It’s Marinated Olives! This dish will make an olive lover out of anyone. Using the right olives here results in smooth, rich flavor: not briny or overly salty. The garlic, lemon and herbs make a symphony of flavor!
Last up in our fall appetizers: try these Sweet Potato Muffins! Adding mashed sweet potato to baked goods makes them deliciously moist. These tall, fluffy muffins are perfectly cinnamon spiced and the ideal appetizer for a fall snack table.
More fall recipes
Fall is one of our favorite seasons to cook up tasty recipes. Here are a few more ideas for all your meals and occasions:
- Go for Top 25 Fall Recipes for the Season
- Try 15 Best Fall Dinner Ideas
- Mix up 15 Fall Cocktails, Fall Bourbon Cocktails or Fall Vodka Cocktails
- Bake up 12 Easy Fall Desserts
- Go for 15 Fall Soup Recipes or 12 Hearty Soup Recipes
- Grab 15 Fall Salad Recipes
20 Fall Appetizers: Cranberry Goat Cheese & More!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
Cranberry goat cheese is an fall easy appetizer! The flavors of pistachio, rosemary and honey make a simple spread for crackers or crostini.
- 10 ounce goat cheese log
- ½ cup finely chopped dried sweetened cranberries (aka craisins)
- ¼ cup finely chopped pistachios
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
- ¼ teaspoon salt, plus a sprinkle for serving
- 2 tablespoons honey, for serving
- Allow the goat cheese to come to room temperature, which is important because it makes it easy to spread. (Leave it at room temperature for 1 hour or speed up the process, place it on a plate and microwave for about 10 seconds on one side, then 5 on the other.).
- Place the chopped cranberries, pistachios, rosemary and salt on a plate and mix to combine. Roll the goat cheese in the mixture and use your hands to coat each side, re-forming it as necessary so that every surface is covered (even the bottom). Sprinkle a bit of salt on the top.
- Place the log on a plate and drizzle generously with honey. Serve immediately with crackers or crostini.
- Category: Appetizer
- Method: No Cook
- Cuisine: Appetizer
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Fall appetizers
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