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.

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Shrimp and Bacon Dip

From Taste of the South

Shrimp and Bacon Dip

Marinated Vegetables, Cheese, and Sausage

From Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this meat, cheese, and vegetable combo as antipasto on an appetizer buffet. Make and refrigerate it a day ahead, then have time to spare the day of serving.

Marinated Vegetables, Cheese, and Sausage

Pretty Little Tea Sandwiches with Heart

From Midwest Living

Fill heart-shaped bread with the filling of your choice for these appetizer sandwiches. Choose from chicken, ham, or egg salad, or try a marmalade or cucumber filling.

Pretty Little Tea Sandwiches with Heart

Bacon Appetizer Crescents

From Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Savory dip meets crescent roll for a whole new take on hot appetizers. These toasty bites will go faster than you can say, "They have bacon."

Bacon Appetizer Crescents

Boston's Best Clam Chowder

From The Food Channel

This New England favorite is a breeze to make wherever you live. There are quite a few ingredients, but you'll find that most are already in your pantry.

Boston's Best Clam Chowder

Stuffed Mushrooms

From Better Homes and Gardens

Take your pick from these versions of stuffed mushrooms. Use prosciutto, feta cheese, or pesto to change the flavors.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Sweet and Sassy Meatballs

From Better Homes and Gardens

The cranberry and barbecue sauce bring a sweet and savory combination to this 30-minute appetizer recipe. Planning a party? Use the simple make-ahead directions.

Sweet and Sassy Meatballs

Herbed Cheese Mini Peppers

From Heart-Healthy Living

A flavorful cheese filling is spooned into miniature sweet peppers to make this colorful appetizer.

Herbed Cheese Mini Peppers

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Wings

From Midwest Living

These chicken wings, sweetly glazed with pineapple juice, ketchup and soy sauce, are fun appetizers to serve at tailgate parties and potlucks.

Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Wings

Antipasto Pinwheels

From Better Homes and Gardens

This colorful cheese and salami pinwheel recipe makes the perfect quick and easy appetizer when company drops in. Preparation time is only 15 minutes from start to finish.

Antipasto Pinwheels

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

Creamy White Bean & Herb Dip

From Fine Cooking Magazine

This new take on bean dip is equally good served cold or at room temperature.

Creamy White Bean & Herb Dip

Beer and Cheddar Fondue

From Better Homes and Gardens

This beer-and-cheese recipe forms a fabulous cheesy crust at the bottom of the fondue pot that's as precious as liquid gold. All your guests will want a fair share.

Beer and Cheddar Fondue

Stuffed Mushrooms

From MorningStar Farms

Stuffed Mushrooms

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

From EatingWell

This take on the classic bacon-wrapped appetizer uses prosciutto instead to wrap meaty scallops. High-quality Italian prosciutto, found at well-stocked supermarkets or Italian specialty stores, has an incomparable melt-in-your-mouth texture. It's more expensive, but you only need a little for this recipe. Make it a meal: Serve with an unoaked chardonnay and our recipe for Wild Rice Salad or whole-wheat orzo tossed with Parmesan cheese.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

Marinated Lime Shrimp Appetizer

From Midwest Living

Fresh fruit and shrimp add a burst of freshness to your appetizer buffet. The lime-and-cilantro marinade gives the seafood a flavorful punch.

Marinated Lime Shrimp Appetizer

Brie with Chutney

From Better Homes and Gardens

For a Thanksgiving appetizer, this two-ingredient dish is a snap to make.

Brie with Chutney

Meatballs in Peanut Curry Sauce

From Fine Cooking Magazine

Thick canned coconut milk tames the fire in this curry. The brand I buy (Chao Koh) develops a thick, creamy layer on top if you don't shake the can before opening it.

Meatballs in Peanut Curry Sauce

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

From Heart-Healthy Living

The meatballs for this appetizer recipe can be made ahead and then baked and added to the slow cooker with the sauce before guests arrive.

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs

The Original Toasted Ravioli

From Midwest Living

To make these hot appetizers, bread and fry purchased ravioli, then make a homemade tomato sauce to dip them in.

The Original Toasted Ravioli

Roasted Corn and Lobster Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Roasted Corn and Lobster Dip

Boneless Buffalo Wings

From EatingWell

Even though boneless Buffalo wings are made with healthy white-meat chicken, they're usually deep-fried and drenched in hot sauce laced with butter. The solution: chicken tenders are dredged in seasoned whole-wheat flour and cornmeal, pan-fried in only a small amount of oil and then drizzled with a tangy hot pepper sauce. With a fraction of the fat, calories and sodium, these boneless wings are reason enough to throw a party.

Boneless Buffalo Wings

Cheese Tart with Red Onion Marmalade

From Better Homes and Gardens

A goat cheese filling in a melba-toast crust topped with a homemade marmalade is an elegant appetizer for a first course or as part of a cocktail party buffet.

Cheese Tart with Red Onion Marmalade

Muhammara

From Vegetarian Times

Muhammara, a popular Middle Eastern puree made from roasted red peppers, toasted walnuts, and pomegranate syrup, makes a nice alternative to hummus. If pomegranate syrup is unavailable, reduced pomegranate juice may be substituted. Simply simmer 2 cups pomegranate juice uncovered in a small saucepan over low heat until it is reduced to 1/4 cup.

Muhammara

Asiago Cheese Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Asiago Cheese Dip

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