5 Finger Foods That Will Be the Hit of Any Fall Party

The first day of fall is tomorrow, September 22nd, and Houstonians everywhere are rejoicing. Fall means a nice, cool break from the dog days of summer, football games with friends and family, and all things pumpkin-flavored. Whether you’re hosting a tailgate party before your team plays or a festive get-together to celebrate the fall season, these five delicious finger-food recipes are perfect for any soirée. (And let’s face it, any food you can eat with your hands is the best kind of food.)

First of all, let’s talk about how finger foods became a trend. (Don’t hate us for delaying your access to the food—we’ll be brief with our history lesson!) Finger foods date back to the late 18th century when the French would host cocktail parties. At these events, they would serve what they called “canapés,” which were thin toasted slices of bread topped with savory foods. These were named after the sofa because people would sit on the sofa like the toppings sat on the bread. These convenient snacks became popular in the United States during the Prohibition, when speakeasies would serve these to help prevent guests from leaving the establishment inebriated, as their intoxicated behavior might tip off the authorities to these illegal activities. And there you have it! Now we enjoy finger foods at every potluck, party, and picnic.

Brie and Blackberry Tarts

These sweet and savory bites from Maebells give off the air of fanciness without the hassle of complicated preparation. With just four ingredients, this recipe is simple and delicious. A buttery crust, creamy brie cheese, and the tart and sweet combination of the blackberries and jam—this recipe can’t lose. As an added bonus, it can be gluten-free depending on the pie crust and type of jam you use.

Pumpkin Pie Bites

These babies from Sugar Apron offer all the taste of classic pumpkin pie, but even better because you’re free to munch and mingle wherever you please without being tied down to a plate and a fork. Really, is there anything that screams “fall” more than pumpkin pie? With a fairly short ingredient list, these portable pumpkin treats are perfect for any autumn gathering.

Sweet Potato Rounds

You’ll probably want to double this recipe from The Roasted Root. Why, you ask? You’ll scarf down these sweet potato rounds so fast that when your family wanders in wondering what that delectable smell is, they’ll probably cry upon seeing the empty tray. So it’s a good idea to play it safe and avoid the hangry outbursts from your family by doubling (or tripling) this recipe from the get-go. The best part (other than the tart dried cranberries, crunchy roasted walnuts, and sticky drizzle of honey)? Since these are finger-foods, you won’t need plates, forks, or knives. That means fewer dishes to clean up. Sounds like a win-win to us.

Spinach Dip Pinwheels

Golden buns of spinach, cream cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan are a must-have at any celebration, work luncheon, gala, etc. etc. etc. These hand-held bites are creamy, mouth-watering, and sure to be the talk of any party. Spinach Dip Pinwheels might require a tiny bit more work to assemble than other appetizer choices, but they are well worth it. Check out Tornadough Alli for the recipe.

Spicy Baked Tofu Nuggets

These perfectly sized snacks are special for several reasons. One, they’re vegan. Two, they’re gluten-free. Three, if you make the accompanying “honey” mustard, you’ll experience the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. Four, they’re delicious. These nuggets are an excellent choice to add to your finger-food roster. Vegans and carnivores alike will find themselves reaching for more. Get the recipe via Emilie Eats.

After checking out these recipes, your stomach is probably growling at an embarrassingly loud level, so you should probably wipe off that drool from your keyboard and head to the kitchen. While you’re preparing your fancy fall feast, be sure to practice safe kitchen habits to avoid injuring your hands or wrists. If you do happen to have a kitchen emergency, we’re here for you—as long as you bring us a taste of your delicious appetizers. (Just kidding…sort of.)

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