Classy Appetizer Ideas for Fall
Maybe your parties this month are still a little scaled down. But even smaller gatherings call for elegant appetizers. Fall-themed plates don’t necessarily have to mean heaping helpings of sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie. We know that what our readers want are some classy appetizer ideas for fall. Here are some upscale spins on fall flavors that will lend a touch of distinction to your next party.
Rosemary Apple Goat Cheese Crostini
The complex herbal flavor of rosemary and the richness of goat cheese make a perfect pairing for any season. But adding apple imbues your appetizer with the autumnal flavor you want for your upcoming occasion. This rosemary apple goat cheese crostini is the perfect idea for your party. With sweetness, saltiness, and crunchiness, there’s a little something for everyone, and it’s seasonally appropriate, too.
Pigs in a blanket are pretty pedestrian fare. But with more exotic sausages and cheeses, you can take this familiar appetizer to the next level. Try substituting out the hot dogs and bringing in andouille sausage, bratwurst, or Italian sausage for a different burst of flavor. Complement your protein with a nuanced cheese of your choosing, and let an envelope of puff pastry add the final touch of distinction.
Figs and Biscuits
Figs are more than just the filling in Fig Newtons. Their dense, honey-like flavor is perfectly suited for small bites, where a little goes a long way. Try spreading fig preserves on shortbread cookies for a perfect mix of smooth and crispy. If you find a cheese that fits in well, even better!
Cranberry sauce is a staple of Thanksgiving dinner. But don’t wait for Thanksgiving to put a new spin on cranberries. The sharp tartness of cranberries cries out for a smooth and creamy cheese to take the edge off—possibly a nice Brie.
Butternut Squash Endives
Endives are classics of any hors d’oeuvres table. The creativity you can display in filling them makes them perfect canvases for any flavor profile. In this case, we recommend butternut squash drizzled in a rich balsamic vinegar.
These classy appetizer ideas for fall can give your party some fashionable seasonal flair. We know it can be tough to plan a party right now. But as long as you err on the side of caution, there’s no reason why you and some of your closest friends can’t enjoy each other’s company—especially over some of these delightful autumn bites.
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