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.

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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

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.

Wild Mushroom and Baby Arugula Bruschetta

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry

Light and flaky Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets make the perfect base for this enjoyable bruschetta topping made with sauteed arugula and wild mushrooms, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Total: 1 hr 25 mins

Ganache-Glazed Peanut Butter Tart

Better Homes and Gardens

Your friends and family won't be able to resist this luscious Christmas tart recipe that boasts a peanut butter filling and chocolate ganache topping.

Fruited Pumpkin Loaf

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this apricot-filled pumpkin bread for breakfast during the Thanksgiving weekend, or present it to your hosts as a gift. You don't have to tell anyone that it starts with a bread mix.

Asiago Wafers

Better Homes and Gardens

Asiago--nutty-tasting Italian cheese--happily pairs with fresh rosemary in this thin cracker recipe. Bake these wafers just before your guests arrive to welcome them with the enticing aroma.

Gobble Good

Better Homes and Gardens

Here's a fun and quick turkey snack that kids can assemble as they eagerly await Thanksgiving dinner.

Sweet Potato Patties


This recipe calls for small appetizer or snack-sized portions, but feel free to make larger patties as a meat-free burger swap.

Haystack Snacks

Better Homes and Gardens

Peanut-butter pieces make a tasty treat. This snack is filled with cornflakes and raisins. providing a crunchy and chewy combination.

Total: 15 mins

Savory Holiday Fritters

Better Homes and Gardens

Savory fritters, filled with walnuts, Parmesan cheese, and rosemary, make for an appetizer that guests will remember.

Tangy Red-Pepper-and-Nut Dip

Food & Wine

The classic Syrian nut dip muhammara typically contains walnuts, bread crumbs, Aleppo pepper paste, and pomegranate syrup, but there are endless variations. The bright-flavored take here is adapted from a recipe by Anissa Helou's Syrian chef-friend Mohammed Antabli. Pistachios, cashews, and freshly toasted pine nuts, almonds, and walnuts give it a chunky texture, while onions and red bell peppers make it tangy-sweet.

Total: 30 mins

Free-Form Onion Tart

Food & Wine

At Cavallo Point, school director Kelsie Kerr teaches the basics of preparing seasonal recipes. The buttery dough for her savory onion tart, for instance, is great with all kinds of fillings, like fruit. To make the crust flaky, keep the butter and dough cold.

Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Puff Pastry Tart with Roasted Veggies


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.

Herb-Baked Olives

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Thanksgiving Appetizers and Snacks  Recipes: Take your pick!
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