Fall weather is reason enough to celebrate, but it’s not the only reason to party this season. There’s also football … and fall birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, baby showers and potlucks. So the question isn’t what to celebrate, it’s what to eat at your next celebration!
The answer? Chili dip. No matter what kind of gathering you’re hosting or attending this fall, you can’t go wrong with a delicious chili dip recipe. It’s always a crowd pleaser! Plus, you can make it look as good as it tastes with these fun, festive and easy dip serving ideas for fall.
Fresh Pumpkin Bowl for Dip
For a serving vessel that doubles as festive décor, make your own pumpkin bowl! Slice off the top of a fresh, good-sized pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and scrape out the inside, then fill it with your favorite dip. A lighter-colored dip, like creamy queso dip with white beans, really pops next to a bright orange pumpkin. If you’re serving a variety of dips, use a few acorn squashes or small pumpkins instead.
Vegetable Garnishes for Fall Appetizers
Use vegetables you probably already have to create fun fall garnishes. Celery, for example, is a perfect fit for vegetarian buffalo dip. For a festive Thanksgiving appetizer, fill small jars with dip, then put some celery sticks in each jar towards the back edge, so they resemble turkey feathers. Next, slice a carrot crosswise into coins and cut a small slit in each coin. Slip them onto the fronts of the jars so your turkeys have heads!
Another option is using a bigger bowl for the dip and putting it on top of a round platter, towards the front (this will be the turkey’s body). Arrange rows of celery, carrot and bell pepper sticks around the bowl so they look like a turkey’s colorful feathers. Finish it off by cutting vegetables to resemble a head, wings and feet, and sticking them into the dip or onto the side of the bowl. The same idea works with sweet caramel dip; instead of vegetables, slice up different types of apples to fan around the bowl as feathers.
Baked Tortilla Chip Shapes
One of the best things about homemade tortilla chips is you can cut them into whatever shapes you want! Using a knife or cookie cutters, cut shapes (footballs, leaves, anything!) from corn tortillas. Place them in a bowl, drizzle lightly with canola or vegetable oil, and toss gently to coat. Next, spread them in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes, then flip and bake until golden brown, about 3 minutes more. Keep a close eye on them to prevent burning. Let cool and serve with your favorite dip – I love the classic combination of tortilla chips and layered bean dip recipe.
Dip Stuffed Peppers
For an easy and colorful fall dip presentation, bake your dip inside red, orange and yellow bell peppers. Slice the tops off and clean out the seeds, then layer hot bean dip ingredients directly into the peppers. Bake for 15 minutes or until warmed, and you’ve got appetizer dip that’s as gorgeous as the fall foliage.
With so many cute ideas, it’s hard to decide which one to try for your next fall party. So why settle on just one? Mix and match these ideas to create your perfect fall party appetizer menu!