Must-Serve Thanksgiving Appetizers
From traditional favorites, to new creations, these crowd-pleasing appetizers are sure to satisfy your guests this holiday season.
Not only in this appetizer superfast and only requires five simple ingredients, but the sweet cherries and nutty pecans pair beautifully with delicious Brie.
"[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
Butternut Squash Rösti Cakes
Adding shredded butternut squash to mini potato pancakes adds a touch of sweetness and a nice orange hue.
Brown Sugar-Spiced Nut Mix
Achieve a bronzelike patina on these candied nuts by keeping a close watch near the end of their roasting time. Too long and they'll overdarken and take on a bitter flavor.
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
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.
Austrian Cheese Spread with Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin seed oil from southern Austria gives this spread its nutty flavor.
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.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
This spinach dip is a classic for a reason. Simply place it on the table and watch it disappear!
Dressing-Stuffed Mini Peppers
We love these stuffed peppers as an appetizer, but you can also serve them as a side dish. Be sure to use baby bell peppers and not mini sweet peppers (shaped like jalapeños) so they're big enough to accommodate the filling. As an alternative to broiling, you can char the peppers directly over a gas flame, turning frequently with tongs.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Though it might be taboo to serve a healthy dish on Thanksgiving, the bold combination of flavors in this dish makes an outstanding appetizer.
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.
Brie Tartlets With Grape Relish
Take another cue from the French by using Brie as the filling in these tartlets. Grapes make an excellent topper, adding color and an elegant touch to the hors d’oeuvre.
Warm Kale-and-Asiago Dip
Bacon and trendy kale update the hot spinach dip for an all-star appetizer that will not disappoint.
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.