With Fall upon us, it is time to start looking at healthy, nourishing recipes that will warm the body and that are quick to prepare.
As the days and nights start to get colder and darker, the best appetizer recipes need to contain ingredients that will add some spice and enhance the appetite. Great Fall appetizers are flavorsome, will help tantalize the taste buds, and will provide great comfort food for the colder months of the year.
Fall can be a busy time of year with Halloween coming in October and Thanksgiving in November. Fortunately, Fall is a great time for stocking up on healthy fruits and vegetables and what makes a great Fall appetizer is simple recipes that contain seasonal ingredients so that they will always be the freshest that are available.
Great Fall appetizers will also use ingredients that are easy to freeze so that they can be made up in batch and frozen if needed, which will help save both time and money.
Choosing Fall Vegetables Pumpkins and potatoes are in easy supply in the Fall and are very versatile to cook with. Potatoes can be used for baked potato bites, potato puffs or spicy wedges, while pumpkin can be used for pretzels, chowder, spicy pumpkin biscuits, or roasted with onions to add flavor.
The crucifix vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sprouts – are in season in the Fall. These vegetables can all be used to make great appetizers. Try broccoli stir fried with sesame seeds. Cauliflower can be combined with garlic to make a tasty appetizer, while cabbage can be wrapped around bacon for a quick recipe. Sprouts can be stir fried too, but should be lightly boiled first. They go well served with ginger or cooked with sesame seeds to give them some added crunch.
Peppers, parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, celery, mushrooms, kale are all in rich supply in the Fall and are at their freshest. Kale can be stir fried and served with soy sauce, as can mushrooms. Mushrooms can also be baked with grated cheese for a simply, fast and satisfying appetizer.
Appetizers can be spiced up by adding rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme, chilli and lemon grass.
When one is a newly designated preparer of the food for a family, it is not beyond reason that one might be daunted by the task. Further, beginners newly exposed to the prospect of entertaining, and the other food preparation might be apprehensive. Everyone has to begin somewhere, and sometimes, the basics might be translated into the most challenging. Every venture into cooking and food preparation can, and should, be broken down into simple categories, such as: ingredients, preparation, cooking, baking, stewing or grilling & presentation. Keep things organized in your head this way and already cooking will seem easier!
We are presently heading into late summer and early Fall, and what a joy the annual harvest brings to a home gardener or farmers making available a cornucopia of root vegetables, such as beets, carrots, parsnips, fall fruiting plants like pears, apples, figs and others too many to name. Lovely herbs from your garden can be cut and frozen, or dried as preferred. If you aren’t a gardener, now is the time to stock up on the bounty for storage from your local farm market or supermarket.
Some lovely fall appetizers and accompaniments are delicious and relatively easy to prepare.
Let’s begin with a full flavored, hot spiced cider or lemonade, where the cider can be served in small mugs or a punch bowl. Cider can be purchased and then heated with a few fall apples studded with cloves and peppercorns floating in the bowl, and a dash of hot cayenne or other chili powder, as well as a few slices of thinly sliced apples or citrus.
This will be a beautiful presentation served amid an armful of fall flowers like bright asters, chrysanthemums, or even sunflowers in all colors. What a decadent and appealing look, and so simple to prepare!
Should you decide on lemonade, just heat it, and give the liquid a generous sprinkling of Holiday spices as you prefer, floating some berries or small, Fall plums in the serving bowl, and your guests will be super impressed, and so will you. These are so delicious & satisfying, and they definitely give off the fall aura. You can add alcohol at your discretion, but try and remain subtle…people are driving!
Basically, most recipes can be customized, given your personal touch, and they will then fulfill your own preferences.
When it comes to Fall appetizers, just keep to what is available at this time. We generally dig up our potatoes now. A great hit with children and adults alike. Plus, there are so many simple & delicious recipes for them.