20+ Best Appetizers For Fall To Enjoy

Autumn Table Setting with Apetizers

The leaves are changing colors, it is getting colder outside, and the kids are excited about Halloween. However, if you’re thinking, what food to bring or cook during the festive season, start with appetizers. Appetizers can be anything from cold cuts to dips, but we have compiled a list of the best recipes for your upcoming fall gathering for a fuss-free meal to enjoy.

1. Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites on a Tray

Cranberry is an excellent addition to any celebration, but it's got something special about the change of seasons that just can't be beaten. This year, try adding brie into your mix, and you'll have an appetizer everyone will want seconds on!

These bite-sized mouthfuls only require five ingredients: crescent dough (made with flour), fresh sprigs, rosemary for garnish, plus some cranberry sauce or other jelly/ preserves, as well as one ounce each of Brie cheese - all things we're sure already reside within your pantry.

2. Fall Cheese Ball

Fall Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are always a favorite appetizer with my group of friends, but what about when they get creative and come up with an adorable pumpkin cheese ball? It's so easy too! I mix all ingredients in 15 minutes.

Then after 2-3 hours of chilling time (or just one if you're impatient), roll the mixture into Doritos before adding on top some bell pepper stems for decoration - voila: your very own spooktacular snack that will make guests happy Halloween night too!

3. French Dip Squares

French Dip Squares

For a little savory appetizer, you can't go wrong with these French Dip Squares. Apples, onions, and swiss cheese make this appetizer a crowd pleaser! These French Dip Squares take 10 minutes to make and are ideal for those who like caramelized onions and slices of provolone cheese. 

It's great party food and can be prepared ahead of time too. If you want to make it even easier, then store-bought French bread is excellent too. You can also replace the provolone cheese with mozzarella if desired - both work equally well.

4. Cheesy Crescent Roll Appetizers

Cheesy Crescent Roll Appetizers
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Crescent rolls are great for any party appetizer, but this one is extra cheesy and is especially good for Halloween-themed dinner parties. Bake them before the guests arrive, and they'll be piping hot when you serve them! Not to mention, those who enjoy dairy will enjoy the richness of the cream cheese in their first bite.

5. Air Fryer Bloomin' Onion

Air Fryer Bloomin' Onion

If you're a fan of onion rings, then the Bloomin' Onion made in an Air Fryer is for you. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside! This appetizer is an excellent choice for those who like spicy food as it also comes with ranch dressing to dip your blooming onion into!

6. Pull-Apart Pigs in a Blanket

Pull-Apart Pigs in a Blanket

Another Halloween classic is a good old pig in a blanket. This time around, cook them on the stove with crescent rolls and enjoy these adorable little hotdogs as they come out of your oven looking super cute! They're not just easy stuffers, but they're full of flavor and always a hit at parties and get-togethers with kids and adults alike.

7. Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet Potato Bites
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Aside from pumpkins, sweet potatoes scream fall season, well, all seasons, if we're honest. These sweet potato bites are the perfect pregame bites to prepare for the Halloween festivities.

If you're hosting, these apps will be a sure hit because of their delectable flavor because of the marshmallow. What makes it even more irresistible is that it's topped with almonds and cinnamon powder, creating a delicious feast-starter right off the oven.

8. Cheesy Taco Appetizer Cups

Cheesy Taco Appetizer Cups

This cheesy taco appetizer cup is made with natural ingredients, including fresh veggies such as spinach leaves, tomatoes, and scallions. It doesn't just make it a flavorful appetizer; it's also relatively healthy if we're trying to be uber optimistic. But really, you can't go wrong with tacos, and who doesn't like bite-sized taco snacks to kickstart the Halloween dinner party?

9. Bacon Apple Brie Crostini

Bacon Apple Brie Crostini

Bacon apple brie crostinis are another easy appetizer you can make with five ingredients in 15 minutes or less. It's a layered dish whose base is a crispy baguette, topped off by bacon and creamy Brie cheese; apples cooked to perfection for those who love sweet juicy fruit on their palate--plus it has plenty of contrasts going for it as well!

10. Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus

Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Pumpkin Hummus

Fall is the best time of year for many reasons, but one thing that tops our list? Roasted garlic and rosemary pumpkin hummus. Pumpkin puree ups the sweetness in this spiced dip without being too sweet or cloying while giving it a light fall flavor. 

It's also typically only found at your local farmers' market - plus an intense garlicky aroma from all those cloves; roasting together with fresh basil leaves! It tastes great on its own as well, so feel free to use up any leftover cooked pumpkins to make a spectacular appetizer for your hungry guests.

11. Bacon Spinach Dip

Bacon Spinach Dip

Toasted baguette slices, potato chips, or tortilla chips all pair well with this bacon spinach dip. It is a medley of cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, sweet onion, and garlic powder blended to perfection with the right amount of saltiness from the crumbled bacon, making it so delicious!

12. Pumpkin Hummus Appetizer Cups

Pumpkin Hummus Appetizer Cups

This appetizer recipe includes two main ingredients, which fall favorites; pumpkin and hummus. Not only is it healthy, but your guests will surely enjoy this recipe when they get a taste of the creamy and nutty flavors that combine so well.

13. Reuben Egg Rolls

Reuben Egg Rolls

Another superb appetizer choice is Reuben egg rolls, a delicious fusion of two hearty favorites: the Reuben sandwich and egg rolls; the kicker? They're deep-fried for a crunchy twist!

The ingredients inside these crispy appetizers are pretty standard, but they end up working together to produce an unexpected delight that'll keep you coming back for more, though it's best to pace yourself!

14. Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Pretzels

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Pretzels

Pretzels are an excellent option for both kids and adults alike because they're enough to keep you full after the first few rounds of wine before dinner. They're crunchy, cheesy, and baked to perfection!

The best part about these spinach artichoke stuffed pretzels is that you can also play around with them by adding other ingredients such as bacon bits or olives. It's free-hand at this point because comfort food is the menu for the fall season anyways!

15. Apple Chips

Apple Chips

Who can forget the apple chips that grandma would always bring over during fall? Apples are the best fruit to experiment around with for this season because they're crisp, crunchy, and many of us have fond memories associated with them.

So instead of buying those pre-made bags at stores, why not try making your apple chips out of fresh apples! Apple chips are a great way to enjoy the taste of apples without all of their natural sweetness. You can make them in your air fryer or oven. Sprinkle it with some cinnamon sugar and, you're set for apps!

16. Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Who can say no to the delectable orange goodness that buffalo chicken wings bring you? They're instant comfort food in a bite! A few celery stalks and ranch dressing will help you make the best of your party by providing dipping for all those delicious chicken wings.

Fried buffalo chicken is even better than regular ones, so try smothering them in a spicy orange sauce before serving with some extra vegetables on top! These finger food classics take only 30 minutes from start to finish - perfect when we're short on time or just looking to satisfy that hunger pang at any hour of the day (or night).

17. Applesauce Meatballs 

Applesauce Meatballs

Applesauce meatballs are a unique spin on the classic meatball recipe! This time, apples take center stage in this sweet concoction that goes perfectly with any party platter or potluck dish.

18. Air Fried Pickles

Air Fried Pickles

Pickles are a hit or miss for many people at parties, but these air-fried pickles are an absolute must-try! Appetizers don't get any healthier than this, so let's give these bad boys a go.

19. Nachos

Nachos

Well, whatever the festivities are, you really can't go wrong with Nachos. You can stuff them with anything that strikes your fancy: beans, cheese, beef - even some peppers and onions if you're craving it! Add as much cheese as you want to create that cheesy goodness that we all love.

20. Cauliflower Tots

Cauliflower Tots

Tots are just spiralized vegetables that have been formed into small cylinders and deep-fried. These cauliflower tots are no different than the traditional kind except for one thing: they're vegan! These healthy snacks can be adapted to your liking. This makes it perfect for those who like to play with their spices in the kitchen.

21. Potato Skins

Potato Skins

While many prefer chips, potato skins are a delicious alternative to the usual, and it's an easy appetizer for people who want to get straight into the party mood!

22. Halloween Deviled Eggs

Halloween Deviled Eggs

This is another terrific fall feast starter that upstands the classic deviled eggs. This recipe includes food coloring, so they look like the traditional Halloween colors of orange and black or purple and green! It is perfect for the kids to get excited and ready for the Halloween dinner parties at their grandparents' place.

23. Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Of course, soup is a must for apps, and butternut is a great fall soup starter. It's a bit more special than your regular, canned cream of mushroom and is perfect for those who want to impress the in-laws at this year's Halloween or Thanksgiving dinner!

Conclusion

The fall season is all about being cozy, chill, and comfort food. Appetizers are a great way to get guests and relatives excited, and our list of the best appetizers for fall screams comfort food like no other.

Whether the festivities are Halloween-themed or a classic Thanksgiving feast, appetizers for fall are all about flavor, familiarity, and fusion, which many of our suggestions showcase. Get on that fall frenzy and start the season with our list of the best appetizers to throw an exceptional holiday party.

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