Fall is a season of celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with delicious food and good company? These easy and delicious appetizers are perfect for your next gathering. From the savory flavors of roasted veggies and maple bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts to the sweet and creamy decadence of pumpkin hummus and spinach dip, these appetizers are sure to please everyone at your gathering.
So invite your friends and family, and let the feast begin!
Charcuterie Board: A Fall-Inspired Feast for the Senses
A charcuterie board is a beautiful and versatile appetizer perfect for any occasion. Arrange a variety of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and other nibbles on a wooden board or platter. For a fall-inspired twist, try using seasonal produce such as apples, pears, grapes, and pomegranates. You can add nuts like walnuts and pistachios and cheeses like Brie and Gorgonzola. You can find great deals at your local farmers market, Aldee or Trader Joe’s!
Roasted Veggies: Simple, Satisfying, and Flavorful
Warm Dips: The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasers for Chilly Evenings
Warm dips are always a hit at fall gatherings. For a classic option, try making spinach and artichoke dip or pumpkin dip. You can also get creative and experiment with different flavors, such as apple cheddar dip or cranberry goat cheese dip. Serve your dip with various breads or pita chips, and garnish with fresh herbs or chopped nuts.
To make the spinach and artichoke dip, grab a 10 oz box of frozen spinach and 14 oz of frozen artichoke hearts, let both thaw. Squeeze thoroughly in a hand towel to remove as much water as possible. If you’re short on time, you can use a can of artichoke hearts instead, but make sure to drain them very well.
Then, in a large bowl, combine the thawed spinach and artichoke hearts, along with 1 cup of good-quality mayonnaise. Mix well until everything is evenly distributed. Add 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese to the bowl. You can also sprinkle some extra parmesan cheese on top for an extra cheesy flavor, but it’s totally optional.
To finish, add one minced garlic clove and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt to the bowl. Mix everything together, and transfer into an oven save dish.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the dip is hot and bubbly. Serve immediately with tortilla chips or crostini. Enjoy!
A Quick Tip!
Make the dip beforehand and reheat it before serving; make sure to have plenty of napkins handy!
Maple Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
These bite-sized appetizers are flavorful and will surely be a hit with your guests. All you’ll need is 1lb. of Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved; 12 slices bacon, cut in half; 1/4 cup maple syrup; 1/4 teaspoon salt; and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss the Brussels sprouts with salt and pepper. Wrap each Brussels sprout half with a piece of bacon, placing them seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Whisk together the maple syrup in a small bowl and brush it over the bacon. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the Brussels sprouts are tender. Serve with a dipping sauce, such as Dijon mustard or barbecue sauce, and enjoy!
This creamy and flavorful hummus is a perfect dip for pita bread, crackers, or vegetables. Simply add 1 cup of drained and rinsed chickpeas to the food processor, along with 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree, 4 tablespoons of tahini, a clove of garlic, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice and a couple of ice cubes. Serve with your favorite toppings, such as chopped nuts, pumpkin or pomegranate seeds, diced olives, or even feta cheese; any of these would make it delicious, trust me!
These easy and delicious appetizers are the perfect way to start your next gathering. Don’t forget to include some festive drinks, such as apple cider, mulled wine, or pumpkin beer. With a little planning, you can create a fall feast that your guests will never forget!