Popular Thanksgiving Appetizers Recipes

Provide a bounty of appetizers to nibble before the Thanksgiving meal. These easy recipes highlight holiday favorites from spiced pumpkin seeds to cranberry salsa.

Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Gorgonzola cheese meets dried figs poached in port. The result: a thoroughly elegant holiday appetizer.

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Figs Stuffed with Gorgonzola

Goat Cheese Kisses

Each of these bite-size savory treats has a bit of dried fruit tucked inside for a slightly sweet surprise. They make wonderful holiday gifts as well as elegant little hors d'oeuvres.

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Goat Cheese Kisses

Latin American Empanadas

These savory pastries were created by Mariana Velasquez, a Test Kitchen intern who grew up in Bogot, Colombia.

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Latin American Empanadas

Sizzled Citrus Shrimp

This quick Spanish-inspired saute is a lesson in simplicity. All shrimp really needs to dazzle is lots of garlic and a splash of lemon. Serve as a main dish or as a tapa (appetizer).

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Sizzled Citrus Shrimp

Salmon Classic

Smoked salmon is always a cocktail party favorite.

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Salmon Classic

Date Wraps

Sweet dates and salty prosciutto combine in a tasty bite.

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Date Wraps

Herbed Olives

Dried herbs and crushed garlic dress up your favorite olives.

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Herbed Olives

Fennel & Parmesan

Top fennel slices with shaved Parmesan for a tasty treat.

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Fennel & Parmesan

Mushroom & Leek Galette

Tote this savory tart to potlucks and holiday gatherings. It makes perfect party food because it is easy to eat while you are balancing a glass and grazing at a buffet. Serve as an appetizer or as a vegetarian main dish.

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Mushroom & Leek Galette

Quick Guacamole

Use a cup of the Fresh Tomato Salsa to make this easy guacamole. Mash a few avocados, stir in lemon juice and you're done! Guacamole will turn brown if allowed to sit and is best made shortly before serving.

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Quick Guacamole

Muffin-Tin Crab Cakes

We've taken the frying and fuss out of crab cakes by shaping and baking them in muffin tins. For the best taste, look for pasteurized crabmeat in the refrigerator case at your market's fish counter, a better choice than canned varieties. Make It a Meal: Try these cakes with some tangy tartar sauce and coleslaw.

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Muffin-Tin Crab Cakes

Smoked Salmon Tartare

Smoked salmon gets an added crunch when served on radish slices.

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Smoked Salmon Tartare

Wasabi Crab on Endive

Spicy wasabi mayonnaise makes crab sing in these easy appetizers.

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Wasabi Crab on Endive

Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes

Caviar lovers agree that the best presentations are the simplest.

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Caviar-Stuffed New Potatoes

Apricot Canapes

These sweet and savory bites are like a cheese course in a bite.

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Apricot Canapes

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.

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Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Clams Casino

Lean Canadian bacon, Parmesan cheese and an aromatic blend of chopped vegetables and herbs give our baked, stuffed clams so much flavor and crunch that you won't even miss the 6 tablespoons of butter that typically goes into this classic appetizer. They make a fabulous starter for a dinner party or a light summer entree with a fresh salad.

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Clams Casino

Garlic-Tomato Toasts

Pan con tomate, a classic Catalan tapa, is delicious alongside most soups or stews. Or serve with thinly sliced prosciutto and Manchego cheese for a tasty appetizer.

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Garlic-Tomato Toasts

Ranch Dip & Crunchy Vegetables

Adults and kids alike love the tanginess of this ranch-style dip. By using nonfat buttermilk and low-fat mayonnaise for the creamy base we've cut the fat substantially and eliminated the saturated fat. It only takes 15 minutes to make and keeps for 3 days so it's perfect for a healthy snack in a pinch.

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Ranch Dip & Crunchy Vegetables

Gingered Cranberry-Raspberry Relish

Unlike cranberry sauce, a relish involves no cooking. Here, plump raspberries add a juicy freshness, while crystallized ginger provides sweetness and warmth. It is best served cold. Hold the mayo on your post-holiday sandwiches--use this relish instead for a real treat.

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Gingered Cranberry-Raspberry Relish

Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil is a simple yet elegant appetizer.

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Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

Lots of freshly chopped herbs add zing to our white bean dip. Serve with assorted vegetables, such as baby carrots, bell pepper strips, radishes, snow peas, broccoli and caulifower florets.

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Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

Smoked Trout Crackers with Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise

A simple lemon-dill mayonnaise adds a touch of sophistication to smoked trout on crackers.

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Smoked Trout Crackers with Lemon-Dill Mayonnaise

Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Spears

Deli roast beef and a simple blue cheese cream top Treviso in a simple, pretty appetizer.

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Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Spears

Five-Spice Scallops

You could also serve the scallops over Asian salad greens dressed with sesame oil and rice vinegar for a simple dinner.

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Five-Spice Scallops

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