9 of the Best Recipes for Fall Dinner Parties

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Do you have a dinner party on the calendar and no clue what to make? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve collected some of the best recipes for appetizers, main courses and desserts, so you can put together a memorable menu that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Appealing appetizers

Creamy carrot soup
Put a delectable spin on this fall favorite with a unique addition—ranch whipped cream! Trust us, this flavorful comfort food and zesty topping will garner rave reviews.

Gruyere-mushroom bites
These puff-pastry appetizers come together in a flash, and are packed with much-loved ingredients like cheese, balsamic caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms. Whip up a batch for your next party and watch them disappear.

Brie, apple and honey crostini
Get ready for endless “I need that recipe” requests! These sweet-and-savory bites take less than fifteen minutes to prepare—and it’ll take your guests half that time to devour them!

Mouthwatering main courses

Rustic chicken with garlic gravy
This one-pan dish tastes like you spent hours at the stove, but it only takes 15 minutes of prep time. Make the most of delicious garlic gravy with hearty bread or mashed potatoes on the side.

Easy chicken chorizo paella
A savory mix of vegetables, rice, chicken and chorizo make this paella dish hard to resist. The best part? It takes less than ten minutes to prepare!

Sea bass with citrus salsa
This fresh, flavorful dish looks impressively elegant, but you’ll only spend 20 minutes prepping. Buttery sea bass paired with a bright grapefruit and orange topping is a great change of pace from traditional fall fare.

Decadent desserts

Caramel-spiced pumpkin parfait
Parfaits are perfect for dinner parties: with a range of tastes and textures, they’re a real crowd-pleaser. This recipe combines pumpkin, caramel, graham crackers, brown sugar and more into a craveable dessert.

Salted-caramel banana bread brownies
End any dinner party on a high note with these one-of-a-kind brownies! Banana bread gets a makeover with a few tasty additions—serve with vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle for a five-star dessert.

Chocolate chip cookie pie
This irresistible recipe can be made with fresh or frozen pie crust. Combine with all the pecans and chocolate chips your heart desires for a tasty treat that everyone will enjoy.