We’re the kind of DIY and food enthusiasts who adore cooking all year round. As the seasons change, however, we get a real kick out of following suit by grabbing new ingredients and working with seasonal flavours, just to keep things evolving and interesting. lately, we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for new fall flavoured appetizer recipes we’ve never tried before because we have so many exciting social events coming up and we want to put our skills to good use impressing our friends and family.
If you’re just as interested as we are, if not more, in learning how to make some new homemade fall appetizers, check out these 15 fantastic ideas, flavour combinations, and recipes that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. Fig and brie crostini
Maybe this is mostly typical where we live, and not the world over, but charcuterie plates have always been a huge element of fall menus in our household and social circles. Putting them together can be expensive, however, so we were pretty pleased when we came across this recipe from Celebrating Everyday Life for making a simplified meet and cheese plate that we’ve always found to be a big hit. Check out their tutorial to learn more about these fig and brie crostini made with prosciutto!
2. Cheddar and chive pumpkin cheeseball
If you’ve never tried making or eating a cheeseball before then we are very sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something fantastic! Remedy that situation this fall by giving this mouthwatering cheddar and chive cheeseball that’s shaped like a pumpkin a try! Jam Hands walks you step by simple step through the whole process.
3. Mini caramelized onion, mushroom, and apple tarts
Like most of the culinary world, are you completely obsessed with the novelty of miniature dishes right now? Well, we’re totally enamoured with them too, so we really can’t say we blame you. That’s probably why these wonderful little tarts caught our eye so well! Check out Show Me the Yummy to learn how these mini caramelized onion, mushroom, and apple tarts were made.
4. Roasted butternut squash hummus
Whether it’s store bought or homemade, hummus is actually one of our very favourite things to both make and serve no matter what time of year it is. As usual, however, we feel much more accomplished when we make it ourselves. This fall recipe from How Sweet Eats for roasted butternut squash hummus is one of our favourites. They even show you how to serve it topped with pomegranate, roasted pepitas, and whole chickpeas.
5. Baked brie with roasted fig, walnut, and honey topping
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about brie cheese dishes a little earlier on our list but you’re just not sure that the previous idea had quite enough going on for your tastes? Then perhaps you’d prefer to bake and top your brie instead! Check out this recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats that shows you how to make a very fall-tasting baked brie with roasted fig, walnuts, and a sweet honey topping.
6. Cranberry, butternut, and brussel sprout brie skillet nachos
Like us, have you noticed the trend lately of making alternative kinds of “nacho” dishes that are inspired by your favourite classics but made of slightly more seasonal or gourmet ingredients than you might find on the menu of the average pub? We have as well, and we’ve long been wanting to try the concept out. Imagine how pleased we were, then, when we came across this autumn flavoured version of the idea! Half Baked Harvest shows you how to make cranberry, butternut, and brussel sprout brie skillet nachos in just a few simple steps.
7. Cranberry brie bites
Have we really caught your attention with all this talk of brie based dishes but you’re just not sure that setting out an entire baked brie that guests have to cut pieces from is quite what you want to do? Then we think you might get along a little better with something like this dish from Kitchen Sanctuary that shows you how to make bite sized cranberry brie bites that will give you all the flavour in a way that’s easier to serve while people socialize. We love “finger foods” for that!
8. Maple caramel bacon crack
If you’ve ever tried making “bark” recipes before, then we’re sure you already fully know why we felt so enthusiastic about this next recipe! We love the way The Domestic Rebel outlines the process for making this scrumptious maple caramel bacon crack that has a bit of sweet, a bit of salty, a bit of gooey, and a bit of crunch, all in one place. It truly has everything you could ask for in one simple dish!
9. Prosciutto wrapped pears with blue cheese
Maybe it’s actually the prosciutto element we mentioned earlier that has been keeping your attention long after you scrolled by it, but you just weren’t quite convinced by the previous recipe we showed you? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Recipe Runner made this slightly fruiter dish instead! Their tutorial shows you, in clear detail, how these prosciutto wrapped pears with blue cheese were made.
10. Bacon wrapped brussel sprouts with balsamic mayo dip
Are you feeling rather enamoured indeed with this whole idea of meat wrapped, bite sized appetizers but the blue cheese element of the previous recipe doesn’t really appeal to you? Perhaps you’d rather make something that involves vegetables rather than fruit, since you’re serving appetizers before a dinner rather than a lunch. Either way, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Savory Tooth made these delicious bacon wrapped brussel sprouts with homemade balsamic mayo dip. They’re so good that even our kids, who think they hate brussel sprouts, gobbled them right up!
11. Apple pecan honeybuns
If you’re going to serve buffet style appetizers at your next social or family gathering, would you also like to have a few easy-to-grab sweet options for after the main course? Well, so long as no one in attendance has any nut allergies, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at this recipe from The Starving Chef that shows you how to make flavourful, autumn tasting apple pecan honeybuns in surprisingly few simple steps.
12. Rosemary sweet potato stackers
Are you the kind of enthusiastic cook who loves to celebrate fall by not just switching up the sweets and vegetables that you make, but also the kinds of herbs that you garnish and cook with? In our experience, the right herbs are often what make a dish great! That’s why we were such big fans of this rosemary sweet potato stackers recipe outlined step by step on Kim’s Healthy Eats.
13. Sweet potato turkey meatballs
Like we said earlier on our list about trying homemade cheeseballs, making your very own meatballs is something we think every cooking enthusiast simply must try, or else they’re really missing out! We’re in love with the way Jo Cooks outlines the simple but satisfying process of making these quite healthy sweet potato turkey meatballs that are packed full of fall flavour.
14. Yummy butternut squash fritters
Perhaps the recipes that have stuck in your head the best so far have been those involving butternut squash because that’s your very favourite fall ingredient, but you’re still scrolling through in hopes that you’ll find something a little different that you haven’t tried before? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Damn Delicious made these fantastic butternut squash fritters that taste nothing short of magical with a bit of sour cream!
15. Grilled turnips with dill olive oil
Just in case you’re still mostly looking for vegetable based fall appetizers, either because someone you love is vegetarian or because you’re just on the lookout for healthy options, here’s one more for your consideration before we go! Check out how Naturally Ella made these delicious skewers packed with grilled turnips that are drizzled in delicious dill olive oil.
Do you have another favourite fall appetizer recipe that you love making around this time of year and that’s always a total hit, but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you made or link us to the recipe in the comments section so we can try it out as well!