When summer starts to turn to fall, the appetizers that make their way to the table should be rich, warm, and comforting—and partnered with the bounty of the late season.
You’ll have fun in the kitchen preparing great appetizers for Halloween: The Great White Pumpkin Cheese Ball, a Blood Orange Martini, or some Easy Barbecue Sliders will be spookily good. If your fall means tailgating season, you can’t go wrong with bite-size basics like Sausage Poppers and Mini Corn Dogs. If you want to stay warm on a cool autumn night, some Crawfish Dip will get rave reviews, while some Roasted Fennel-and-Prosciutto Flatbread will create just the right combination of salty and crunchy.
Let fall be the reason your appetizers are exciting: whether it is a warm dip, a creamy cheese ball, or a crunchy cracker, holidays from Halloween to Thanksgiving mean there is no time like autumn to whet your appetite for appetizers. That plate of Butternut-Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms on the sideboard should hold guests over until the turkey and dressing arrive. If not, some Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites will work just fine.