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68 Crowd-Pleasing Thanksgiving Appetizers

With this stunning collection of appetizer recipes, no one will mind if Thanksgiving dinner is a little late this year.

The aroma of Thanksgiving turkey and savory side dishes bubbling in the oven fills your home and sharpens the appetite — but it’s not quite time for dinner. To keep your hungry guests happy, you’ll want to put out a few appetizers to delight their palates before the main event.

This selection of 68 carefully chosen appetizer recipes — some quick and easy, others a bit more challenging — provides a wide range of interesting options to complement your Thanksgiving dinner.

Whether you make just one appetizer or a whole array of finger foods, it’s a great start for a very joyous Thanksgiving!

Showstopper Turkey Bread Bowl

Turkey Bread Bowl

Showstopper Turkey Bread Bowl Appetizer with Creamy Spinach Ranch Dip by KudosKitchen by Renee
Raw veggies and dip are always a hit with the health conscious — but whether the platter is ho-hum or awesome is all about presentation. This turkey-shaped Thanksgiving appetizer is made with a French boule that cradles a cream-cheese-based spinach dip, and features a dramatic fan of “feathers” created by raw carrots, peppers, celery, and pretzel rods. This showpiece will definitely wow your guests! Feel free to swap out the dip for your favorite artichoke dip, cheese dip, or caramelized onion dip would all work well with this presentation. Or try the pumpkin hummus below for a healthier alternative.

cream cheese, shredded Parmesan cheese, banana peppers, red bell pepper and 6 more
dark bread, mozzarella, cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, artichoke hearts and 3 more
garlic, bread, cooked bacon, sour cream, mayonnaise, sharp cheddar cheese and 2 more

Brie En Croute With Caramel And Walnuts

Brie en Croute

Emeril Lagasse’s Brie en Croute with Caramel and Walnuts by The Rachel Ray Show
Emeril Lagasse created this sumptuous version of baked brie with an ideal blend of textures — creamy baked brie with a heavenly center of caramelized sugar and walnuts blanketed by a flaky puff pastry crust. This party snack looks impressive but is a snap to whip up. Serve it with crackers and pears, and your taste buds will go "Bam!"

dried figs, frozen puff pastry, fig jam, fresh rosemary, egg and 2 more
puff pastry, brie, egg
fresh thyme, blackberry jam, blackberries, brie cheese, fresh ground black pepper and 2 more

Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms by Eat Healthy Eat Happy
It’s not easy to find a dish that will please both vegans and omnivores — but these stuffed mushrooms will do the trick. Portobellos and pecans are satisfyingly meaty, and with a rich array of flavors and an attractive presentation, they make an enticing hors d'oeuvre that will please everyone at your Thanksgiving feast.

Dijon mustard, salt, garlic powder, dried parsley, dried thyme and 5 more
grated Parmesan, scallions, cracked black pepper, fresh mushrooms and 4 more
mushrooms, baking potatoes, sour cream, heavy cream, butter, chives and 1 more

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail by Smitten Kitchen
This retro appetizer recipe echoes the mid-century glamour of Mad Men and brings a touch of elegant nostalgia to the party. After all, plump, boiled shrimp and a tangy horseradish tomato sauce never go out of style. Serve it with another fifties ritual: the pre-dinner martini or a prosecco cocktail with pomegranate seeds.

jalapenos, avocadoes, cooked shrimp, fresh tomatoes, cucumber and 12 more
worcestershire sauce, ketchup, shrimp, chopped celery, medium shrimp and 5 more
shrimp, ketchup, lemon, chili sauce, ice, sea salt, water, worcestershire sauce and 2 more

Pumpkin Hummus With Sage And Cranberries

Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus with Sage and Cranberries by Small Green Kitchen
Hummus is quick and easy to prepare in a blender or food processor and is also a great make-ahead option. This recipe brings together three trademark tastes of Thanksgiving — pumpkin, cranberries, and sage. A hit of cayenne pepper gives it a kick that garners rave reviews among our users. Take the whole experience to another level by whipping up a batch of Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips by My Sequined Life.

extra-virgin olive oil, salt, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, chickpeas and 1 more
olive oil, beets, garlic, ground cumin, salt, tahini, lemon juice
kosher salt, lemon, water, tahini, marinated artichoke hearts and 4 more

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

Zucchini Parmesan Crisps by Damn Delicious
With a panko and parmesan crust outside and tender zucchini inside, these delectable, fried rounds are best served piping hot. Guests will snap them up whether they're served plain or with a sauce like this Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe by Let’s Dish or a Homemade Marinara Sauce by Recipe Girl.

shallot, kosher salt, marinara sauce, zucchini, large egg, shredded mozzarella cheese and 5 more
oat flour, egg, onion powder, green onion, olive oil, shredded cheddar cheese and 3 more
zucchini, Parmesan cheese, coarse sea salt, pork rinds, pepper and 1 more

Pear Prosciutto Appetizer

Pear Prosciutto Appetizer

Pear Prosciutto Appetizer by Appetizer Addiction
Take advantage of late fall’s pear harvest for this delightful — but not too filling — prelude to a big Thanksgiving dinner. Just top the pear sections with bleu cheese and thin-sliced, dry-cured prosciutto, then finish with a drizzle of honey and fresh basil. Prep time from start to finish is only about ten minutes. Be sure the pears you use are crisp when ripe, like the Bosc and Asian varieties.

kosher salt, sherry vinegar, pears, extra-virgin olive oil, prosciutto
crumbled blue cheese, chopped fresh thyme, diced red onion, balsamic vinegar and 4 more
prosciutto, pears, lemon wedge, cream cheese, Cashel Blue cheese and 1 more

Easy Arancini

Easy Arancini

Easy Arancini by Epicurious
Chef Gordon Ramsey’s version of arancini is pure perfection, with a crisp-fried shell surrounding a center of wild mushrooms, risotto rice, and melted mozzarella cheese. This classic Italian specialty originated in Sicily more than a thousand years ago. Today, it’s a happy hour favorite at many chic Italian restaurants. Bonus perk: You can make the risotto the night before and eat a bit for dinner!

spinach, pepper, salt, all-purpose flour, risotto, fresh mozzarella and 2 more
panko bread crumbs, risotto, all purpose flour, peanut oil, basil pesto and 2 more
ground flax, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, dried basil, whole cashews and 12 more

Filipino Lumpia

Filipino Lumpia

Filipino Lumpia by Yummly If you’ve ever been to a Philippine-American Thanksgiving, you know this opening act can steal the show. Preparation is easy with ready-made wrappers that you’ll fill with ground pork, shrimp, onions, green onions, water chestnuts and seasonings. All you have to do is roll the mixture up in the wrapper — the instructions explain exactly how to do it — and deep fry. Just a warning: You might want to grab one before you set them out, because they’ll be gone in a flash.

paprika, garlic, oil, black pepper, grated Parmesan cheese, medium tomato and 17 more
cornstarch, Sriracha, pepper jack cheese, sauce, rice vinegar and 9 more
pork tenderloin, green onions, fresh cilantro, coleslaw mix, egg roll wrappers and 2 more

Rapturous Morel Marmalade

Morel Marmelade

Rapturous Morel Marmalade by Food52
A true original, this appetizer lives up to its name — a rapturous experience for your guests. Earthy morel mushrooms, bacon, caramelized onions, and carrots combine to create a memorable topping, served on slices of goat cheese polenta. With 19 ingredients in all and an hour of preparation time, it is a bit more labor-intensive — but the compliments you get will make it well worth your while. To save prep time, forego the polenta and serve the marmalade on top of warm cheese crostini.

garlic cloves, bacon slices, brewed coffee, dark brown sugar and 3 more
cinnamon stick, bay leaf, oil, salt, sugar, red onions
sourdough bread, red onions, fresh basil leaves, brown sugar and 9 more

Cranberry Brie Poppers

Cranberry Brie Poppers

Cranberry Brie Poppers by Cookin’ It Real
These tasty brie poppers are a popular crowd-pleaser and are deceptively easy to prepare. You can find ready-made puff pastry dough in the frozen food section of most supermarkets. The filling of canned pears and brie also features dried cranberries for a tantalizing hint of the main course to come.

honey, mint, goat cheese, pistachios, dried cranberries
wheel, brown sugar, orange peel, oranges, rosemary, vanilla extract and 2 more
crackers, brie, orange zest, cranberry sauce, pistachio nuts

Pumpkin Pie Cheese Ball (or dip)

Pumpkin Pie Cheese Ball (or dip)

Pumpkin Pie Cheese Ball (or dip) by The Ramblings Of An Aspiring Small Town Girl
Pumpkin pie before dinner? Yes! This classic dessert becomes a memorable appetizer when you blend its spiced sweetness with tart cream cheese. Depending on how much time you have, you can either form the main ingredients into a ball, freeze it for five hours and thaw before serving, or chill the mix for 30 minutes to make a dip. For the final touch — and a wonderful contrast of textures — coat either version with chopped candied pecans, then present it with vanilla wafers or sliced apple.

green onions, garlic salt, parsley, pecans, green olives, green olives and 7 more
dried cranberries, pecans, fresh parsley, goat cheese
pretzel sticks, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon and 3 more

Spiced Pecans

Spiced Pecans

Spiced Pecans by Leite's Culinaria If you’re used to eating pre-packaged spiced nuts, you’re in for an exceptional treat. Made from scratch with brown sugar, hot spices, and butter, these addictive pecans are so good, your guests will keep reaching for more. They’re simple to make and irresistible so you might want to place two or three bowls around the living room.

ground cloves, nuts, egg whites, white sugar, salt, cayenne pepper and 2 more
pretzel, fresh rosemary, dark brown sugar, nuts, cayenne, butter and 1 more
ground ginger, ground cloves, chili powder, turmeric powder, red pepper flakes and 8 more

Great Cocktail Meatballs

Great Cocktail Meatballs

Great Cocktail Meatballs by Nine Recipes
There’s something so satisfying about cocktail meatballs — toothpick-skewered hors d’oeuvres that are savory and substantial, yet not too filling. These meatballs are slow-simmered in a mix of cranberry and chili sauces with brown sugar and lemon juice — a unique blend that really perks up this traditional party appetizer. Use your slow cooker to make more space in your oven for all your other Thanksgiving recipes.

whole berry cranberry sauce, brown sugar, water, sauerkraut, frozen meatballs and 1 more
barbecue sauce, bourbon, olive oil, Sriracha sauce, ground beef and 11 more
granulated sugar, garlic cloves, green onion, sesame oil, ground turkey and 15 more

Creamy Blue Cheese and Red Onion Crostini

Creamy Blue Cheese and Red Onion Crostini

Creamy Blue Cheese and Red Onion Crostini by Yummly
There’s only one word for this sophisticated crostini, created by food writer David Bonom — wow. The magic is in the onion jam — an amazing combination of savory and sweet that’s positively addictive — punctuated with a tangy blend of cream and bleu cheeses. The onion and cheese elements can be made several days in advance, so on Thanksgiving Day all you have to do is oven-toast the baguette slices, assemble the dish and serve. Your guests will reach for more until barely a crumb remains.

olive oil, baguette, goat cheese, cranberry sauce, prosciutto
marjoram leaves, bread, parsley, red chilli, freshly ground black pepper and 4 more
crostini, ground pepper, coarse salt, prepared pesto, bocconcini

Caprese Appetizer

Caprese Appetizer

Caprese Appetizer by AllRecipes
The Caprese salad was created shortly after World War I on the Isle of Capri as a tribute to the red, white, and green of the Italian flag. Refreshing, light, and colorful, these individual skewers of buffalo mozzarella, ripe grape tomatoes, and basil (with a sprinkling of extra virgin olive oil) are a wonderful prelude to your Thanksgiving dinner.

kosher salt, fresh basil, fresh basil leaves, fresh mozzarella and 3 more
organic sugar, fresh basil leaves, EVOO, mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinegar and 1 more
basil, mozzarella cheese, empanada, garlic sauce, egg, tomatoes

BLT Deviled Eggs

BLT Deviled Eggs

BLT Deviled Eggs by The Stay At Home Chef
Deviled eggs, once de rigeur at parties in grandma’s day, are making a huge comeback. You can even find them at some very chic bistros, jazzed up with a dash of twenty-first century pizzazz — like the spicy maple candied bacon in this recipe. And they’re simple enough to prepare. Just combine hardboiled egg yolks with mayonnaise and honey mustard, fill the egg white hollow, and garnish with tomato, fresh basil and, of course, that out-of-this-world candied bacon.

large eggs, non fat greek yogurt, kimchi, Sriracha, cracked black pepper and 8 more
sour cream, crab meat, Old Bay Seasoning, mayonaise, celery, salt and 3 more
large eggs, pepper, hardboiled eggs, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish and 7 more

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