Appetizers for Fall Parties
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Break open these fried rice balls to find a melty, cheese-filled center.
Get the Recipe: Arancini
Sliced Orange Salad with Sauteed Olives and Ricotta Salata
This elegant salad is surprisingly easy to make. Just toss the greens with a simple vinaigrette and garnish with orange slices, black olives and cheese.
Get the Recipe: Sliced Orange Salad with Sauteed Olives and Ricotta Salata
Make potato chips from scratch using thinly sliced russet potatoes, and give them a fall twist with one of the season's signature herbs: rosemary.
Get the Recipe: Rosemary Chips
This easy appetizer makes use of store-bought biscuits topped with a creamy shrimp mixture and baked until golden and bubbling.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp Puffs
The key to Giada's antipasti platter is preparing things in advance so that you can be a guest at your own party.
Get the Recipe: Antipasti Platter
French Onion Soup with Braised Short Ribs
Tender, shredded short rib meat adds savory depth to already-rich French onion soup, making this bowl a starter they won't forget (and need to be warned not to fill up on).
Get the Recipe: French Onion Soup With Braised Short Ribs
Sweet, grilled and pureed eggplant needs little more than garlic, lemon juice and olive oil to become a party-ready dip.
Get the Recipe: Eggplant Dip
Honey, nutmeg and heavy cream give this soup a decadent dessert-like sweetness, but it still offers the salty satisfaction of a savory side.
Get the Recipe: Squash Soup
This hearty dish makes a perfect autumn appetizer for a large group. Serve with mini buns and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese for meatball sliders!
Get the Recipe: Pork Meatballs
Double-Chile Queso Dip
Serve a bowl of warm and spicy cheese dip with chips. It's the best way to keep your guests entertained before the main course is served.
Get the Recipe: Double-Chile Queso Dip
Aji Chile Salsa
Aji chile brings heat to this tangy salsa. It's perfect alongside tacos or fajitas, but also holds its own when paired with a simple bowl of chips.
Get the Recipe: Aji Chile Salsa
White Bean-Tahini Puree with Toasted Pitas
A blend of cannellini beans, tahini and anchovies makes an excellent accompaniment to pita chips toasted with cumin and za'atar. And while it tastes rich, this vegetarian dip is completely dairy-free.
Get the Recipe: White Bean-Tahini Puree with Toasted Pitas
Crispy Corn-Flake-Crusted Chicken Sliders
Fried chicken with a crisp corn-flake crust, buttermilk coleslaw and slider buns toasted with garlic butter: Do we really need to say more?
Get the Recipe: Crispy Cornflake-Crusted Chicken Sliders
Tangy-sweet quince paste that's been coated with crushed almonds pairs perfectly with salty Spanish cheese. These skewers are a great make-ahead finger food.
Get the Recipe: Manchego Quince Skewers
Mushroom and Leek Spring Rolls
A refreshing dipping sauce cuts through the richness of these crispy spring rolls.
Get the Recipe: Mushroom and Leek Spring Rolls
Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura
Crisp and airy, Japanese-style tempura is a thing of a beauty. Bubbly seltzer water keeps the batter light, while using frozen veggies minimizes prep time.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura
This smoky salsa with chipotle peppers and tomatillos is so addictive that you'll banish the jarred variety for good.
Get the Recipe: Chipotle Salsa
Crab Cake Croquettes
Accompanied by zippy chili-garlic mayonnaise, these crispy crab-cake balls are an excellent party snack.
Get the Recipe: Crab Cake Croquettes
Roasted Beet Salad with Chickpeas and Red Onion
The addition of Cotija cheese and red onion balances the sweetness of roasted beets in this hearty fall salad.
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Mini Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
These surprisingly light quiche bites are made with turkey bacon and vegetables. They're a perfect starter for any kind of party.
Get the Recipe: Mini Spinach and Mushroom Quiche
Mushroom Walnut Tarts
The elegant pairing of mushrooms and walnuts inside a mini crust creates a surprisingly hearty vegetarian appetizer.
Get the Recipe: Mushroom Walnut Tarts
Gorgonzola and Porcini Mushroom Risotto
You need only a small amount of this rich blue-cheese-and-mushroom dish to feel satisfied.
Get the Recipe: Gorgonzola and Porcini Mushroom Risotto
Folding sausage and cheese into the dough turns basic biscuits into a surprising starter.
Get the Recipe: Sausage-Cheddar Biscuits