Thanksgiving Appetizers and Snacks

Everyone arrives at the Thanksgiving festivities hungry, and there's often a lag time before the golden brown turkey emerges from the oven. The solution? Thanksgiving appetizer recipes, of course. In addition to the old holiday standbys - mixed nuts, cheese balls - it's nice to have a selection of quick-and-easy finger foods at the ready to keep the crowd from mutiny while they wait for the main event. Try a "healthified" spinach dip to keep things light, or opt for petite three-tomato tarts. The key here is to offer guest just enough - you want everyone to be plenty hungry when it's time to gather 'round for the main event.

Sweet and Nutty Popcorn

Better Homes and Gardens

A lightly spiced sugar syrup binds this snack mix. This appetizer or snack mix is lighter tasting and easier to make than caramel corn.

Bear-Y Good Snack Mix

Better Homes and Gardens

This kid-friendly mix with dried cherries, raisins, and candy-coated milk chocolate pieces is an easy snack to put together.

Total: 5 mins

Puff Pastry Tart with Roasted Veggies

Parents

Roast vegetables before adding them to the puff pastry to ensure the crust stays nice and crispy.

Chocolate-Crusted Chocolate Tarts

Better Homes and Gardens

Double the chocolate in this tart recipe. Chocolate crust and chocolate filling make this easy dessert rich with flavor. Work carefully to get an even layer of crust in the muffin tins.

Cumin-Caraway Rounds

Better Homes and Gardens

These quick-to-make crispy appetizer crackers, with dough made in a food processor, have caraway seeds. They're similar to rye bread--but with a crunch!

Ginger-Date Pumpkin Loaves

Better Homes and Gardens

Pumpkin bread is a fall favorite. This variation, with ginger and dates, is drizzled with a spiced glaze.

Blue Cheese and Walnut Bites

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Wasabi Party Mix

Better Homes and Gardens

Quickly toss these easy ingredients together for a fast snack mix or appetizer.

Herb-Baked Olives

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Make these rosemary-marinated olive appetizers up to 1 week in advance of your Thanksgiving gathering.

Whole Wheat Pretzel Rolls

Midwest Living

Boiling these rolls in a combination of water and baking soda gives them the chewy, brown exterior you'll recognize from your favorite soft pretzels. Try one with soup or cheese dip.

Honey-Sesame Snack Mix

Better Homes and Gardens

With just 15 minutes of prep time, you can make this sweet and savory (and totally guilt-free) snack.

Broccoli Cornmeal Cakes

Better Homes and Gardens

For a modern twist on Southern hoecakes, add in a bit of broccoli and top with goat cheese, bacon and honey.

Veggie Mix with Ranch Dip

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Even the fussiest eaters will enjoy vegetables when you pair them with ranch dip and offer them in single-serving cups.

Total: 15 mins

Happy Trail Mix

Better Homes and Gardens

This no-bake cereal snack recipe is easy for kids to mix up.

Sour Cream Topped Mini Quiches

Better Homes and Gardens

These super simple appetizers start with frozen prepared mini quiches. All you have to do is bake and garnish them.

Total: 45 mins

Gobblers

Better Homes and Gardens

Combine crackers, cheese spread, and a mix of yummy munchies for a turkey snack that kids can gobble.

Total: 10 mins

Savory Nuts

Better Homes and Gardens

Don't say we didn't warn you: Just a taste of these herbed nuts brings guests back for more.

Thanksgiving Appetizers and Snacks  Recipes: Take your pick!
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