10 Thanksgiving Appetizers You Need to Try!
Hosting a Thanksgiving feast can feel overwhelming, but if you set out an array of appealing appetizers for your guests, you’ll at least avoid the rush of hungry folks poking their heads into the kitchen to see what’s cooking. (Trying to get that turkey perfectly golden brown is hard enough without prying eyes!)
When you’re planning which appetizers to serve, aim for balance—you don’t want to overload guests with heavy cheeses and creamy dips before they sit down to a huge Thanksgiving meal. And remember, these dishes act as a prelude, so have fun with the theme by mixing in ingredients—pumpkin, cranberry, sweet potato—that will likely show up at the main event. Using familiar ingredients in new ways is a smart approach: Don’t be afraid to branch out from old favorites—pumpkin hummus and cranberry chutney crackers are huge crowd-pleasers. Try to keep things bite-size when possible (bacon-stuffed mushrooms and cheesy cucumber bites are great one-bite options), allowing your friends and family to freely mill about and socialize. Because that’s what’s great about this holiday—the only necessary ingredients are great food and the people we care about.
Now that you’ve got the appetizers squared away, it’s time to tackle the rest of the meal!