Must-Serve Thanksgiving Appetizers

From traditional favorites, to new creations, these crowd-pleasing appetizers are sure to satisfy your guests this holiday season.

  • Cream Cheese and Chutney Roulade
    Photo: Kate Sears

    Cream Cheese and Chutney Roulade

    Prepare to be wowed when you slice into this creamy log. With a mango chutney filling and a crunchy pumpkin seed coating, it will be hard to walk away from the table.
  • Caramelized Onion, Gruyere, and Bacon Spread
    Photo: John Autry

    Caramelized Onion, Gruyère, and Bacon Spread

    Serve this savory caramelized onion, Gruyère, and bacon spread with crackers or bread slices. If you can't find Gruyère, substitute raclette, fontina, or Swiss cheese.
  • Quick Liver Pâté
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Quick Liver Pâté

    “Excellent recipe! Very easy to whip up. I've made it twice already and both times it was a smashing success.”- PhilMA
  • Cherry-Pecan Brie
    Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Cherry-Pecan Brie

    Not only in this appetizer superfast and only requires five simple ingredients, but the sweet cherries and nutty pecans pair beautifully with delicious Brie.
  • Tuna-Apple Mini Melts
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Tuna-Apple Mini Melts

    Sweet tart Pink Lady apples give tuna a punch of crunch and flavor in these quick disappearing melts.
  • Tiny Tomato Tarts
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Tiny Tomato Tarts

    These cute little appetizers save you a step with prepackaged refrigerated piecrusts and canned diced tomatoes. Any recipe that saves time and tastes fabulous is the perfect combination during the stressful holiday season.
  • Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Cheese Ring with Strawberry Preserves

    Serve a classic dish this Thanksgiving featuring a sharp cheddar cheese ring filled with a sweet strawberry preserve, and topped with crunchy pecans. You might want to make two though, this crowd-pleasing appetizer will be gone before your know it.
  • Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

    Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

    Prepare this retro-chic snack up to two days ahead, and serve with crackers, bread, or veggies.
  • Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese
    Photo: Nina Choi

    Pear Chutney Bruschetta with Pecans and Blue Cheese

    Sweet-tangy chutney pairs beautifully with pungent blue cheese and toasty pecans. You can make the chutney up to three days in advance; assemble bruschetta shortly before serving.
  • Blue Cheese and Pear Tart
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Blue Cheese and Pear Tart

    Cut this tart up into small pieces for an elegant appetizer, or slice it into large wedges and serve it with a green salad for a light meal.
  • Pumpkin Dip
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro, Laura Zapalowski

    Pumpkin Dip

    Bring out the best of fall's flavors with this super-easy pumpkin dip, perfect for enjoying with fresh apple slices.
  • Creamy Garlic-Herb Dip
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Creamy Garlic-Herb Dip

    You can prepare this all-purpose dip up to a day ahead. Serve with cauliflower and broccoli florets, carrot and celery sticks, and bell pepper strips.
  • Walnut Red Pepper Dip
    Annabelle Breakey, Karen Shinto

    Walnut Red Pepper Dip

    If you usually serve spinach dip at friendly gatherings, switch it up this year by serving a warm dip made with roasted red peppers, walnuts, and a dash of lemon juice. Serve with toasted bread slices or even sliced veggies for an easy appetizer station perfect for welcoming guests to your home.
  • Spiced Butternut-Pumpkin Soup
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Spiced Butternut-Pumpkin Soup

    Warm up your guest with spiced Butternut-Pumpkin Soup this holiday season and because this recipe yields more than enough for appetizer-sized servings, you will have left overs ready to be served all season long.
  • Red Pepper Jelly-Brie Bites
    Photo: Jennifer Davick, Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey, Lyda Purcell

    Red Pepper Jelly-Brie Bites

    Use frozen mini phyllo pastry shells as the base for this colorful holiday appetizer. Keep these shells on hand so that you can always throw together a last-minute appetizer.
  • Kale Chips
    Oxmoor House

    Kale Chips

    These will be a huge hit at your Thanksgiving party or dinner this year. Because of their nutritious profile and light and crunchy texture, your friends and family will get a little punch of a salty crunch yet won’t be too full for dinner.
  • Cheese Dreams
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller  

    Cheese Dreams

    These little gems will be the first appetizer to disappear. Make them the day before and refrigerate, or freeze up to 3 weeks. If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer; increase the bake time by 10 minutes.
  • Chèvre with Pistachios and Honey
    Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Robyn Valarik

    Chèvre with Pistachios and Honey

    What a crowd-pleaser: This combination of warm, tangy cheese, aromatic honey, and salty nuts is ridiculously delicious and addictive. Even better, the dish takes just a few minutes to make.
  • Brie, Apple, and Arugula Quesadillas
    Photo: Gentyl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Brie, Apple, and Arugula Quesadillas

    If you’re looking for a hearty Thanksgiving appetizer, make a couple of these delicious quesadillas featuring decadent Brie and crisp Fuji apples.
  • Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato Fries
    Oxmoor House

    Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

    A great idea for picky eaters or if you’re feeding a large crowd this Thanksgiving, is a big bowl of these Spicy Roasted Sweet Potato Fries. Omit the chili powder and kick up the salt to make this recipe kid-friendly.
  • Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip
    Photo: Jeffery Cross; Styling: Randy Mon

    Miso, Sesame, and Sweet Potato Dip

    Though it might be taboo to serve a healthy dish on Thanksgiving, the bold combination of flavors in this dish makes an outstanding appetizer.
  • Onion-Bacon Dip
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey, Rose Nguyen

    Onion-Bacon Dip

    Break out of that onion soup dip rut and wow party guests with an easy dip made with sautéed onions, leeks, cream cheese, sour cream and lots of crispy cooked bacon. No need to serve it in the hollowed out squash; a bowl works just fine.
  • Artichoke Nibbles
    Photo: Peden & Munk; Styling: Amy Wilson

    Artichoke Nibbles

    "[This is] my all-time favorite recipe, one I turned to after a long, grim period of collegiate cookery…May you have many happy, healthy years of experimental nibbling--on this frittata, and on each other."- Judith Stone
  • Warm Kale-and-Asiago Dip
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas  

    Warm Kale-and-Asiago Dip

    Bacon and trendy kale update the hot spinach dip for an all-star appetizer that will not disappoint.
  • Caramel-Toffee Dip
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Caramel-Toffee Dip

    For a nice, sweet change to party dips, serve Caramel-Toffee Dip. Toffee bits lend crunch to the dip. Serve Caramel-Toffee Dip with apples slices or graham crackers.
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