In our house, a lot or socializing happens in the fall. There are school functions, parent meetings, sports team events, and what have you. We’re the kind of eager cooks who will happily bring some kind of homemade snack to just about anything but we’re also total DIY nerds who love to keep the things we made seasonal so they really make everyone feel at home no matter what time of year it is. That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled for fall finger foods lately!
Are you feeling just as interested as we are, if not more, in the idea of learning how to make new kinds of seasonal finger foods you’ve never tried before? Check out these 15 fantastic recipes, ideas, and flavour combinations that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. Caramel apple nachos
Besides being the parent who loves to cook and share what you’ve made, are you also totally that parent who is always sneaking healthy elements like fruit into otherwise treat-base snacks, just to show your kids how delicious eating nutritious things can be too? Then we we think you just might be the perfect person to give these mouthwatering caramel apple nachos outlined step by step on Lil’ Luna a try!
2. Spinach artichoke pinwheels
Just in case you’d prefer something savoury and perhaps a little closer to being an appetizer, since the event you’re taking snacks to is awkwardly timed right near a meal and you know people will be hungry, here’s a portable version of a classic flavour combination! Check out Yellow Bliss Road to learn more about how they made these satisfying spinach artichoke pinwheels.
3. Maple bacon butternut squash skewers
Like us, have you completely fallen in love with how hard the idea of putting maple bacon elements into just about anything you make is trending right now? Well, we make recipes based solely on the inclusion of the words “maple bacon” all the time, so we sure can’t say we blame you! Check out Bite Sized Kitchen to learn how one of our favourite of those dishes, maple bacon butternut squash skewers, were made.
4. Creamy pumpkin pie dip
Have we actually still got you thinking about how much you’d love to make a portable, shareable dessert rather than a savoury dish but you’re looking for a unique twist on a much more classic taste, since you’re always trying to learn new ways to prepare your favourite flavours? Well, if you love pumpkin pie even half as much as we do then we have a feeling you’ll also get a real kick out of this creamy pumpkin pie dip and cinnamon sugar pita dippers, all outlined for your convenience on Wine and Glue.
5. Crack Brussel sprouts and dip
Are you the kind of cook who always prefers to take a vegetable based dish to places where you don’t know everyone because that way it fits their diet restrictions even if they’re vegetarian? In that case, here’s a veggie based fall finger food that we really just can’t get enough of right now! Check out how Delish made these “crack” brussel sprouts and dip that have been candied so they have an added sweetness and crunch (but not too much of either) that basically makes them irresistible.
6. Harvest cheese ball
In our opinion, cheese balls are such a classic when it comes to making finger foods that we think literally every person in the world deserves to try them at least once in their lives. Besides loving how the traditional recipe tastes, we also completely adore that there are so many flavourful and seasonal adaptations of that basic idea! That’s why this utterly scrumptious looking recipe from Daily Appetite caught our eye. Check out how they made this harvest cheese ball that’s covered in all kinds of delicious autumn ingredients.
7. Slow cooker apple cider maple meatballs
Despite being bound and determined to take some kind of finger food to an event this week, are you also working full time and raising several kids, so you’re having trouble figuring out a good time to make something that really tastes worthwhile? Well, if you have a crock pot or slow cooker then we’re about to answer all your hopes with this recipe from Mom on Time Out! Their tutorial walks you through the quick and simple process of making these slow cooker apple cider maple meatballs that are so good no one will be able to stop at just one.
8. Harvest charcuterie board
Like several other of the ideas we’ve included on this list, here’s a fantastic recipe that gives you a fall take on another classic finger food dish: the charcuterie board! Of course, you’ve got a few of the usual suspects here, but instead of just including what you normally would any other time of year, No. 2 Pencil guides you through a menu that’s slightly different and much more catered to fall flavours, suggesting things like figs, cranberries, and even a bowl of candy corn.
9. Harvest caramel corn
Are you the kind of person who has always loved the flavour of a dessert or treat best when there’s a little bit of sweet and salty mixed together in one place? In that case, we think perhaps this next idea from Two Sisters might be the very best one for you! Check out how they amped up the flavour of their popcorn by adding all kinds of delicious treats in order to make a customized harvest caramel corn that people will chow down on by the handful.
10. Oktoberfest crescent wrapped bratwurst bites
In addition to making your friends or coworkers something that involves seasonal flavours, are you also the kind of cook who loves exploring international recipes and celebrating all of the holidays and special occasions that fall in a month whenever you can, not just the ones that originated where you live? Well, if you happen to have any plans for Oktoberfest this year, then Kudos Kitchen has just the recipe for you! Their crescent wrapped bratwurst bites taste nothing short of divine.
11. Cheesy crescent roll leaves
Have we actually got you thinking about the idea of letting your kids get in on the actual preparation process, since we’ve talked all about how many of their social events this fall might be a great place to take finger foods? Well, we actually recently made these awesome cheesy crescent roll leaves outlined step by step on Hungry Happenings and they were so simple to do that our kids just about took the reins from us until the adult-necessary parts involving knives or the oven were involved!
12. Bacon wrapped stuffing balls
Even though it’s not quite Thanksgiving yet, are you the kind of person who loves the food from this holiday so much that you’ll use essentially any even in the whole season as an excuse to make something that tastes like your full Thanksgiving dinner? Then we’d be willing to bed that these bacon wrapped stuffing balls and creamy cranberry dip featured in awesome detail on Who Needs a Cape? will be right up your alley!
13. Pear, brie, and caramelized onion quesadillas
Perhaps you’re making finger foods for something slightly smaller where you know there will be less people, and you also know that they share a similar palate to yours and won’t mind for a moment if you bring something a little more gourmet tasting and unconventional? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how this delicious pear, brie, and caramelized onion quesadilla dish from Jessica in The Kitchen was put together!
14. Butternut squash and apple bruschetta
Just in case you’re still finding yourself scrolling through our list but thinking about how much you loved the idea of putting a unique tasting fall spin on a classic, otherwise year-round dish, here’s another suggestion for your consideration! We’ll admit that we’re a little bit obsessed with the way Whitney Bond made this autumn version of bruschetta by replacing the usual diced tomatoes and onions with butternut squash and apple.
15. Baked figs and goat cheese
In your opinion, are the best fingers foods always the filled ones that are small and easy to pick up and pop in your mouth as you move around the room to socialize because, besides being convenient to eat, the filled aspect makes sure you aren’t sacrificing any flavour? In that case, we’d absolutely encourage you to take a look at how Happy Kitchen made these fantastically fall tasting baked figs stuffed with goat cheese!
Have you made other kinds of fantastic fall finger foods before that were a huge hit with your family and friends but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you made in the comments section or link us to the recipe so we can try it out too!