Fall Appetizer Recipes

Some of our favorite appetizer recipes are perfect for fall, like roasted pumpkin seeds, warm dips, squash or corn fritters, and so many more.

Staff Picks

Cranberry Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 245
Tangy and sweet with a bit of a bite. Quick and easy, and always requested at gatherings.

Fried Razor Clams

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
A simple recipe for fried razor clams, a western Washington treat. Sometimes I fry the bodies, reserving the tougher necks for chowder. Dip in cocktail sauce. The spicier the better for me!

Pumpkin Fritters

Rating: 4 stars 66
Plump little pumpkin fritters with a hint of curry.
By dakota kelly

Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade

Rating: 4.5 stars 77
Roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and garlic are the main flavors in this bright tapenade. This simple recipe can be used as a dip for vegetables and pita triangles or as a sandwich spread.
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Stuffed Mushrooms IV

Rating: 4.5 stars 127
An 18th Century recipe that I have altered slightly. Better make a double batch because these go fast. Sausage can be substituted for ground beef if you'd like.


Rating: 4.5 stars 19
This is my Russian grandmother's version of Italian caponata. Serve with your favorite bread or crackers--we like rye bread!

Chef John's Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 175
I've always enjoyed hot spinach artichoke dip, but it always struck me as a little oily. I decided to try a mayo-less version, and then raised the stakes even higher by excluding the sour cream as well. To counter this, a bit more cheese was added, and the results were amazing. A rich, creamy, cheesy, not greasy dip.

Papa Drexler's Bavarian Pretzels

Rating: 4.5 stars 300
Fun to make, traditional pretzels are great with a nice mug of beer!

Corn Fritters

Rating: 4.5 stars 795
Easy, tasty, tender fritters. Perfect as a starter, side dish, or snack.

Best Ever Banana Bread

Rating: 5 stars 2284
This really is the best banana bread I have ever tasted. Very moist and it freezes well. I also bake this in 3 small loaf pans however you may need to shorten the baking time.

Feta Cheese Foldovers

Rating: 4.5 stars 324
Golden puffed pastries are filled with a feta cheese mixture. These can be made ahead, and popped into the oven after your guests arrive.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our 10 Best Pumpkin Seed Recipes Make Perfect Autumn Snacks
Once you've finished carving the pumpkins and baking the pies, what do you do next? Make pumpkin seeds, of course!
Sugar Coated Pecans
Rating: Unrated 2286
These sweet pecans are wonderful snacks for any occasion.
Hot Crab Dip
Rating: 4 stars 346

This delicious, addictive crab dip will have your family begging for more. Serve as an appetizer with onion or garlic crackers.