Appetizers for Fall Parties

Start your guests off with seasonal appetizers that complement crisp weather, like cheesy small bites, crisp rosemary chips and more.

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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.

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Rosemary Chips

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.

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Shrimp Puffs

This easy appetizer makes use of store-bought biscuits topped with a creamy shrimp mixture and baked until golden and bubbling.

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Antipasti Platter

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).

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Eggplant Dip

Sweet, grilled and pureed eggplant needs little more than garlic, lemon juice and olive oil to become a party-ready dip.

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Squash Soup

Honey, nutmeg and heavy cream give this soup a decadent dessert-like sweetness, but it still offers the salty satisfaction of a savory side.

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Pork Meatballs

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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Manchego-Quince Skewers

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.

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Mushroom and Leek Spring Rolls

A refreshing dipping sauce cuts through the richness of these crispy spring rolls.

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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

Chipotle Salsa

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.

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Mushroom Walnut Tarts

The elegant pairing of mushrooms and walnuts inside a mini crust creates a surprisingly hearty vegetarian appetizer.

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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

Sausage-Cheddar Biscuits

Folding sausage and cheese into the dough turns basic biscuits into a surprising starter.

Get the Recipe: Sausage-Cheddar Biscuits