‘Tis the season for parties and entertaining! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or having friends over for game day, homemade bruschetta and crostini are a delicious appetizer to feed to guests! These recipes, from The Speckled Palate and other food blogs, are perfect for a fall party. In addition to being easy to make, these bread-based appetizers offer a wide variety of flavors and are the perfect handheld appetizer for anyone to enjoy during this season.
Y’all. Thanksgiving is TOMORROW. And I don’t know about you, but it sure snuck up on me!
That said: If you’re looking for a last minute appetizer for tomorrow, bruschetta (or crostini) are the way to go. Grab yourself a loaf of bread, some seasonal toppings, and you’re set!
Below are some fabulous fall-flavored appetizers, whether you serve ’em for Thanksgiving or another fall gathering.
(If you’re hosting a more winter-themed event, check out 9 Easy Bruschetta Recipes for a Winter Party. These 10 Easy Bruschetta Recipes for a Spring Party are good in the springtime, too, in case you discover this post during warmer months.)
Let’s talk about bruschetta!
Bruschetta is a simple Italian appetizer that is toasted bread, rubbed with garlic and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. The bread can be toasted in either the oven or on the grill.
Traditionally, it’s this toasty bread (with the garlic and EVOO) is topped with fresh tomatoes (if they’re in season) and a pinch of salt. Since the bread is toasted/grilled, it holds up to the juiciness of the fresh tomato.
This classic Italian recipe hails from Tuscany, though bruschetta is made all over Italy with fresh, seasonal ingredients! (Want to learn more? I loved reading about bruschetta from La Cucina Italiana.)
Now, obviously, this bruschetta recipe strays from the classic, but I hope that the celebration of a seasonal ingredient on a delicious slice of bread speaks to you and your tastebuds.
Orange Cranberry Bruschetta from The Speckled Palate
This bruschetta was born out of my love for cheeseboards. The orange cranberry spread to put on top of the toasty bread is tart and tasty and fall-flavored! Paired with salty feta, this bruschetta is absolutely perfect for any type of fall get-together.
Butternut Squash, Pomegranate and Goat Cheese Crostinis from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Butternut squash and pomegranate are two of my favorite fall flavors… and when paired with goat cheese, these crostini are PERFECT for any kind of fall gathering!
Apple and Camembert Crostini with Caramelized Shallots from Simply Whisked
Apples and Camembert together with caramelized shallots on a piece of crusty bread? A thousand times YES! Apples are such a lovely fall fruit to enjoy, and this pairing is out-of-this-world delicious.
Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Pears are another fall-favorite in our house. As the weather gets chillier, richer flavors and hearty textures are where it’s at! This autumnal crostini adds rich flavor with the goat cheese spread and texture with the lovely pear slices!
Apple Crostini with Fig Jam and Pecorino from Pinch and Swirl
This apple crostini is a party pleaser! Featuring easy-to-purchase ingredients you can find at your local grocery, it’s easy to make and even easier to eat!
Holiday Sweet Potato Toast Bites from Feast + West
Looking for a gluten free and paleo-friendly appetizer for a fall party? Feast + West brings the deliciousness with her sweet potato “toast” topped with goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts and fresh sage.
Roasted Grape Balsamic Crostini from Cake ‘n Knife
Roasted Grape Balsamic Crostini is a bold sweet and savory appetizer that Cake ‘n Knife loves to serve in the winter. Topped with a balsamic reduction, this crostini sings of comforting fall flavors.
Apple Chutney Bruschetta from Pook’s Pantry
This post might look familiar because Cheryl shared it here for my maternity leave! Toasted bread topped with goat cheese and sweet and sour apple chutney makes this Apple Chutney Bruschetta appetizer the perfect fall nibble. It is quick, easy and full of flavor. This fall-flavored makes a great bite for any seasonal gathering or even an at-home date night!
Vegan Tuscan Kale Bruschetta from The Speckled Palate
This hearty bruschetta highlights Tuscan kale, cooked down with grape tomatoes and cannellini beans. The kale becomes marvelously wilty, the tomatoes blister and break apart, and the beans brown slightly before all three are served upon toasted bread. As an added bonus, Vegan Tuscan Kale Bruschetta serves as a scrumptious dinner or appetizer for a crowd.
Caramel Apple Shortbread Bruschetta from The Crumby Kitchen
Bruschetta for dessert? BRUSCHETTA. FOR. DESSERT. This soft, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread “crostini” is smeared with caramel cream cheese and topped with nutty caramel apple crown. Yummmmm.