season of the snacks
September 24, 2014 1:34 PM   Subscribe

Give me your recipes for the sweet or savory snacks that scream out IT'S AUTUMN NOW

We're having some friends over for a fall beer tasting and I have promised an assortment of hearty fall snacks. This is not a sit down dinner so I don't have to worry about a main course etc, but it doesn't have to be all finger foods either. The main requirement is that it be EMPHATICALLY AUTUMN. As seasonally appropriate as possible. I live in DC and have access the average grocery stores and farmers markets.

Things I can make ahead of time or in a slow cooker are great.

We're not tasting pumpkin beer, so we don't have to worry about overdoing it on pumpkin. Pumpkin-inclusive snacks are welcome.
posted by troika to Food & Drink (28 answers total) 68 users marked this as a favorite
Hot mulled apple cider (as in, unfiltered, unfermented, straight from the press apple squeezings you should be able to get from most orchards) is practically required by law in any autumn-themed context, and works pretty well in a slow cooker. For an added kick and sugar high you can throw in some cinnamon Red Hots.
posted by usonian at 1:39 PM on September 24, 2014

I am obsessed with these sugar-crusted cranberries. They're very easy to make, perfectly sweet/tart, and pretty to look at.
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:45 PM on September 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a great snack. I used to make my own from actual pumpkins in the fall.
posted by Michele in California at 1:59 PM on September 24, 2014 [7 favorites]

Apple slices with caramel.
posted by schyler523 at 2:00 PM on September 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Alton Brown's soft pretzels are a little labor intensive but so delicious with beer with an assortment of mustards.
posted by FreezBoy at 2:01 PM on September 24, 2014 [2 favorites]

This is a bit on my mind right now because it is Rosh Hashana, but apples dipped in honey are delicious. and in a similar theme, but for a totally different holiday, haroset (an apple nut salad, use the Ashkenazi version on the linked page) is really good and should not be limited to Passover because apples are in season right now and should be eaten as much as possible.
posted by sciencegeek at 2:06 PM on September 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Candied pecans. Use a bit more cinnamon than the recipe suggests and some nutmeg.
posted by terretu at 2:29 PM on September 24, 2014

Sweet, can be made ahead of time if you can somehow prevent yourself from eating it all before your guests arrive: pumpkin muffins with brown sugar streusel or apple crisp with oat streusel, a la mode if you're feeling fancy.

Savory and slow cooker-friendly: Thai curry butternut squash soup (if you use fresh squash, roast the seeds with a bit of olive oil and kosher salt and use them as a garnish for the soup, omgz) or sweet potato and black bean chili.
posted by divined by radio at 2:29 PM on September 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

This magic salad. I usually double the recipe 'round this time of year, it's so fall-tastic.
posted by missmobtown at 2:40 PM on September 24, 2014 [5 favorites]

Pumpkin bread!
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 2:45 PM on September 24, 2014

Make this pumpkin bread and these apple pie biscuits. Nom nom nom
posted by Sophie1 at 2:52 PM on September 24, 2014

Pumpkin rugelach
posted by poffin boffin at 3:02 PM on September 24, 2014

Thai butternut curries or pumpkin curries are also Delicious and work well in a slow cooker. Popcorn with caramel or butter and spices is also Autumnal, tasty, can be made ahead, and goes well with beer.
posted by ldthomps at 3:03 PM on September 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Fresh chunky applesauce!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:07 PM on September 24, 2014

Honey wheat brown bread. All it needs is a good butter, or good butter and sharp cheddar.
posted by Lyn Never at 3:53 PM on September 24, 2014

PARMSEAN CRISPS topped with cranberry relish

Fried pumpkin cakes or latkes are also welcome, also straight roast and pulled chestnuts OR Chestnuts roasted and cut up and mixed into a dressing or relish.
posted by The Whelk at 3:55 PM on September 24, 2014

Oh also, roast parsnip chips dusted with nutmeg.
posted by The Whelk at 3:55 PM on September 24, 2014

Stove popped popcorn. Pumpkin hand pies. Sliced sausage. Hard cheese and apple slices. Salad with walnuts and pomegranates. Think preserved, cured, or long keeping, hobbit larder type stuff.
posted by Wavelet at 4:01 PM on September 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Cranberry bars!! I love anything cranberry, but most of the things with cranberries I eat are side dishes. These are delicious.
posted by xingcat at 4:55 PM on September 24, 2014

I would do sausages, cut up, served with mustard (& toothpicks for easy eating)
posted by lyssabee at 5:27 PM on September 24, 2014

I am waiting for these Cider Braised Pork Meatballs to finish cooking as I type, for my own fall-ish party tomorrow night.
posted by sarajane at 5:51 PM on September 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Pumpkin mochi! A friend made this once with lots of cinnamon and it was wonderful. And they've got cheap mochiko at Hana Market at 17th & U.
posted by capricorn at 6:41 PM on September 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

It's veering into main course territory, but stew! A hearty, beefy, potato-y stew.
posted by youcancallmeal at 8:02 PM on September 24, 2014

Did you see the Pumpkin Sloppy Joes recipe in yesterday's Washington Post Food section?
posted by kuanes at 5:08 AM on September 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

Butter-toasted hazelnuts mmmmm
posted by carrioncomfort at 6:18 AM on September 25, 2014

I just bought (in northern VA, but I'm sure the P-Street whole foods has it) some amazing ale-washed cheese with mustard seeds. Had it with some apple slices as an accompaniment to beer tastings. Also fig-ginger jam, purchased at the fancy-cheese jam section.

Kale chips, beet salad, oven roasted cherry tomatoes; these are all things that are making use of the last gasp of my (generous mother-in-law's) garden right now.
posted by fontophilic at 2:28 PM on September 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

Pumpkin dip served with ginger snaps.
posted by BeBoth at 4:52 PM on September 25, 2014

The air is getting cooler and autumn vegetables are getting cheaper.
Not a big fan of pumpkins , so squash and yam are my go to.
I made this yesterday after finding yam for 95c/lb. Tunisian Yam and Red Bean Stew, cheap and fresh.

posted by radsqd at 8:33 AM on September 26, 2014

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