Life has been different since the pandemic began last March. Large social gatherings have been dropped and seeing extended family has often been deferred. We’re in the beginning of the favorite time of year for many people. Colorful leaves, costumes at Halloween, Thanksgiving turkey, and then the holidays of Christmas and New Year provide a steady stream of fun and diversion. Perhaps this year is different, but we can still enjoy our favorite celebrations even if they are small and intimate. In some ways that may make it even better.
Today’s recipes are a collection of easy appetizers that have wonderful flavors of fall. I’m really fond of the salads, snacks, soups, and finger food that precede the main event at dinner. We’re looking at dishes that are satisfying to eat yet do not take loads of work. Click on titles for a link to the recipes. Let’s start with a few apple and pear dishes for fall.
This time of year is the perfect time for sweet pears. A great mix of sweet and savory, this easy to make grilled cheese and pear sandwich has great flavor. Cut the sandwiches into quarters or halves for easy finger food.
For fall, take the summer classic balsamic tomato bruschetta and change it with the taste of fall. Whitney Bond has a great recipe for this appetizer with a new twist, butternut squash & apples. Take the best of fall and make a tasty autumn bruschetta. Yum!
Basically the recipe is quite simple: toast whole grain bread, add yogurt and other toppings. Easy & quick for a busy holiday season. Apple Yogurt Toast with Dates & Cinnamon uses Greek yogurt. Add a dab of honey and vanilla flavoring to plain Greek yogurt for a sweet vanilla flavor.
A yummy fall condiment made in your crockpot, apple butter is great on biscuits, rolls, or crackers. Make a cheese tray with sharp cheddar cheese and a side of apple butter.
This easy holiday appetizer from Joyful Healthy Eats has only 5 ingredients and still hits all the high notes – sweet, salty, savory and crunchy!
Now on to other fabulous veggies and fruits.
I love toast for breakfast, lunch, and almost any other time. Roasted Beets and Feta Toast is fabulous anytime of year, but I do like it in cooler weather.. Add Za’atar and it’s a culinary delight. If you roast the beets the night before and refrigerate, just let the beets come to room temperature to use.
I do love warm finger food in the fall. Crisp bacon covering dates stuffed with melted cheese – yum! Easy to make, they will disappear fast.
When the weather is cold, I always think of a warm, thick soup with crusty bread. What’s better on a cool autumn day than a creamy pumpkin soup? Garnish with nuts or Greek yogurt.
Fig season means it’s time to bake some figs for an easy appetizer with goat cheese. Happy Kitchen’s easy 15-minute Baked Figs with Goat Cheese also has walnuts, honey and sage.
You’ve probably also heard of cauliflower pizza where cauliflower is used for the crust. Cauliflower pizza bites are similar and a crowd-pleasing fun food to eat.
This two-ingredient recipe from Fit Foodie Finds is the perfect appetizer for a delicious fall or Thanksgiving meal. They are easy to make and oh so tasty!
A healthy and tasty appetizer, this butternut squash dip with the cheesey crunchy nut topping just yells happy autumn! If you hate to cut up butternut squash like I do, I have successfully used the frozen cubes for the last few years. They work well without the hassle of cutting up the squash. Feed Me Phoebe has a winner with this dip.
I’m a salad lover any time of year. Cooler weather I crave more spicy salads with arugula. On its own or mixed in with other greens, arugula makes a great salad with its peppery notes. If you’re not a fan of arugula, try an organic baby salad mix containing arugula. The peppery notes are toned down by the medley of flavors.
A bowl full of walnuts, apples, dried cranberries and feta cheese covered in dressing is nothing short of wonderful. Creme de la Crumb made it to celebrate a new fall salad bowl. Lovely idea!
Even if you don’t want the little pepper spider on your hummus, spinach aritchoke is one of my favorite hummus flavors. You can use it with veggie strips, crackers, and/or crusty bread. It’s definitely a dish to pull out for special times.
XVI. Cranberry Brie Bites
Delish has delightful appetizers for the season including cranberry brie bites. This is another easy crescent roll recipe that I often see. You can use canned cranberries or left-over cranberry sauce. Colorful and tasty!
I’m a big hummus fan and love the savory-sweet from the pumpkin and spices. It’s easy to make with a food processor and not only has a fabulous taste but also provides great nutrition.
This dip is perfect whether you’re watching a game on TV or just talking with friends or family. For all those onion lovers, Country Living has the ultimate onion dip.
I took one look at these fritters at Damn Delicious and fell in love. The color and flavors are enhanced by the crispy texture and a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt. They are easy to make and I think I may become addicted. Remember when I wrote about adding color to your diet for your health? It isn’t punishment when you try out new recipes like this!
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These pinwheels are creamy, sweet and the perfect finger food whether you’re watching a game, making a school lunch, or waiting for the dinner to cook.
XXI. Creamy Carrot Soup
Carrot soup is an easy soup to make on a cold day yet rich enough to be a first course at a holiday meal. The fresh ginger adds a zing to the taste! I like to top it with a dollop of Greek yogurt.
I love baked sweet potatoes, but this dish from Ciao Forentina, takes it to a new level. Baked sweet potato rounds are dressed with crumbled goat cheese, honey, cranberries, candied nuts. and basalmic glaze. A delicious morsel that is perfect to start any fall meal but rocks for the holidays.
XXIII. Halloween Spider Eggs
In my family we always have deviled eggs as one of the appetizers. Why not makek them fun too? A fun food for October gatherings, Spider eggs are tasty, healthy, and cute.
XXIV. Halloween Monster Eyes
Another adaptation of the classic deviled egg is the spooky monster eyes. Use your favorite deviled egg recipe. Decorate the deviled eggs by adding red squiggles to the white of the eye using tomato paste or thick ketchup.
XXV. Monster Teeth Treats
This appetizer/treat is so easy and has such an amazing taste. Two apples slices with nut butter and nuts or seeds pushed between. I’m sure all nuts would work but I HIGHLY recommend Macadamia nuts – they look disgusting and have a fantastic taste!
I’ll end this collection of fall appetizers with my first Halloween post’s treats. I got 2 ideas from posts on Facebook back in 2016. Spider hot dogs are just pigs in a blanket adapted for Halloween. That first post in 2016 inspired me to try new things and the spider dogs taste great.
The second treat is almost dessert: Monster Cups. Monster Fruit Cups are the easiest finger food in the world. Decorate a cup with a pen or cut-outs for Halloween or any other holiday and then fill with fresh fruit. Think grapes, apple slices with a lemon juice to prevent browning, or dried cranberries. Trail mix would work too. I just used seedless grapes and they were a sweet treat. Try them frozen – it’s amazing!.
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I hope these fall appetizers will inspire you to try something new. Happy Autumn!
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