My Favorite Cozy Fall Appetizers

Updated on October 21, 2019
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Long-time vegan/vegetarian foodie—I love all the cozy weather and fall baking that happens this time of year!

Time to get cozy with these fall appetizers!
Time to get cozy with these fall appetizers!

The seasons have changed and the weather has shifted. We've traded in our shorts and sandals for fuzzy socks and pumpkin-spiced everything! The following recipes will help you celebrate fall in the most delicious way. Every year when summer ends, I'm always inspired to get back into the kitchen and use both my oven and slow cooker more often. Not only does baking or using the Crock-Pot help create delicious meals, but it also heats the house!

These recipes are all alternative diet-friendly, as they can be easily modified to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free diets. Food allergies and sensitivities are more common nowadays, so I wanted to create this list to include recipes that are easy to adjust based on your needs.

I also like the ability to prepare meals, snacks, and appetizers in advance to reduce stress and panic on the day of an event. There is nothing worse than knowing you have a few hungry guests arriving at any moment but the food is far from being ready. Preparing food the day before you host and warming it up the day of your event will allow you to relax and enjoy the company of your guests. You can also get most of the cleanup done in advance, too.

Cancel your plans and call your friends to bring the wine because here is a list of recipes to help you celebrate the seasons! I can't take credit for the ingenuity behind these recipes, this is a roundup of my favorite fall recipes by food bloggers that I have made at home and my family has enjoyed.

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes

Sweet Potato Bites

Nothing says fall quite like sweet potatoes! These sundried tomato sweet potato bites are vegan, gluten-free and they look easy to make a large batch for a crowd.

I would have never thought to pair sundried tomatoes and sweet potatoes, but after tasting this myself, the combination of the two flavors is really spectacular. If you are hosting a small gathering with friends and need to prepare food for a crowd these mini sweet potato toasts are excellent to make the day before and assemble just before guests arrive.

Mushroom Bruschetta

Bruschetta traditionally uses tomatoes but this recipe uses mushrooms instead! This mushroom bruschetta recipe sounds like it is meant to be enjoyed next to a fire with a glass of red wine. You can also make it in advance and store it in the fridge until serving. You can serve this with sliced french bread, crackers, pita bread, or vegetable crudites. This would be a beautiful addition to a charcuterie platter or appetizer table. I served this with crackers and sliced vegetables when I made it for a small get together.

If you happen to have any leftover bruschetta, this would work great as a spread on sandwiches or boost the flavor of any homemade soups.

Nothing says fall like pumpkins!
Nothing says fall like pumpkins!

Pumpkin Hummus

Traditionally we think of pumpkin pie or pumpkin spiced coffees, but you can use pumpkin in savory applications as well. You can use pumpkin in hummus and it is so good—I was really surprised by how good it was! I couldn't really taste the pumpkin, but it felt festive to add it. Ditch the pumpkin spice latte and opt for something warm and savory.

This pumpkin hummus recipe looks easy to customize and highlight the flavors your palette enjoys most.

Tomato galette
Tomato galette

Rustic Tomato Galette

Galettes are pies that have an intentionally rustic appearance. Making a galette from scratch requires no crimping, no pinching, and no fuss! An added bonus of baking this tomato galette is the aroma of garlic, rosemary, and basil filling your kitchen.

You can use any kind of tomatoes you have: cherry, slicing tomatoes, or heirloom. I used large slicing tomatoes and they worked perfectly. Also, the crust on this galette is amazingly golden and crisp.

Spiced Cauliflower

Cauliflower has become one of the most famous vegetables on the internet this year as it is an incredibly versatile and neutral-tasting ingredient. There are recipes for how to make cauliflower rice, cauliflower gnocchi, and even cauliflower bagels.

This recipe is for a roasted, caramelized cauliflower coated in warming spices. It's perfect to quarter and share with friends and you can adjust the herbs and spices used. When I made this I served it as a vegetable side with dinner.

Butternut squash
Butternut squash

Roasted Fall Vegetable Salad

Quintessential fall foods are Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, and apple. Here is a low-maintenance fall salad incorporating all of the above! This recipe is a win as it is both satisfying and nutritious.

My favorite thing about this healthy fall salad is that it's cooked in a casserole pan, making it easy to prepare and easy to store leftovers.

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      • PDXfoodfan profile imageAUTHOR

        Rida Verdaux 

        2 weeks ago from Oregon

        Thanks, Liza! Enjoy your weekend!

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        Liza 

        2 weeks ago from UT,USA

        Love your Fall article, recipes, and tips. Fall happens to be my favorite season too! I agreed about baking during this time of year. Voted up!

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        Finnegan Williams 

        3 weeks ago from Bakersfield

        Well a pretty nicely written article with some images. I like the one with the fire - makes me wish I had one.

        Not vegan here, but the pumpkin recipe especially sounds appetizing. Fall is a great time for pumkin spice...

        Sweet potatoes and mushrooms sound good too

      • PDXfoodfan profile imageAUTHOR

        Rida Verdaux 

        3 weeks ago from Oregon

        Thanks, Halemane! Yes, food culture is beyond creative!

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        Halemane Muralikrishna 

        3 weeks ago from South India

        Hi Rida, you have an exotic set of food items. It would take some time for an Indian like me to understand it more. Have a great time here with your nice piece of articles.

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