Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
Start your Thanksgiving off right with one of our appetizer ideas, including baked brie with pecans, roasted squash seeds, and roasted sweet potato salsa. Many of our Thanksgiving appetizers are quick and easy to prepare and are the perfect finger foods for kids and adults alike, and many can be made in advance.
25 Bite-Sized Thanksgiving Appetizers
Have friends and family gather around appetizers while dinner is being prepared -- our recipes are so delicious that nobody will notice if the turkey's running late! Take your pick from easy finger foods such as spiced nuts, deviled eggs, homemade crackers, and so much more.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Chesapeake Crab CakesThe crab cakes can be formed and chilled a day ahead, and can be fried up to an hour ahead; reheat them in a 250-degree oven on a baking sheet lined with a wire rack just until warmed through, 8 to 10 minutes.
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Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Drinks
Welcome your Thanksgiving guests with one of these easy cocktails or punches. Choose from warm and spicy apple-rum punch, cool and elegant Champagne-cranberry cocktails, and more.
25 Bite-Sized Thanksgiving AppetizersHave friends and family gather around appetizers while dinner is being prepared -- our recipes are so delicious that nobody will notice if the turkey's running late! Take your pick from easy finger foods such as spiced nuts, deviled eggs, homemade crackers, and so much more.
20 Thanksgiving Roll and Biscuit Recipes That Will Seriously Upgrade Your Bread BasketWhether you prefer buttery rolls or flaky biscuits, a bountiful bread basket is a Thanksgiving dinner essential. Here are 20 recipes that will have your guests saying, "Pass the bread basket!" all night long.
Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers
Kick off the Thanksgiving feast with these easy appetizers sure to delight the whole family. Choose from favorites such as baked brie, cheese balls, dips, spiced nuts, and cheese straws.
Easy Thanksgiving Soup and Salad Recipes
Whether as an appetizer, first course, or side dish, these easy and impressive soup and salad recipes will add variety to your Thanksgiving feast. Choose from salads centered on spinach, endive, fennel, green beans, and more. These soups and bisques feature butternut squash, sweet potato, carrot, parsnip, and other fall flavors.
Thanksgiving Soup Recipes
Thanksgiving soup recipes from Martha Stewart, including butternut squash soup, pumpkin soup, mushroom soup, cauliflower soup, broccoli soup, cream of celery soup, sweet potato soup, and much more.
Thanksgiving Salad Recipes
Our collection of refreshing salad recipes includes choices that work as first-course appetizers or as Thanksgiving sides. In addition to lettuce-based green salads, you'll find dishes centered around green beans, wild rice, and root vegetables.
Sweet Potato RoundsA tasty alternative to crostini, sweet-potato rounds provide a mild flavor base for a variety of savory toppings.
Winter Squash DipFor a festive presentation, serve this appetizer in a large, round, hollowed-out squash, such as a turban.
Thanksgiving Cocktail and Drink Recipes
Toast the bounties of the Thanksgiving table with cocktail in hand. There's something for everyone in this collection of festive drink recipes that includes hot ciders, crowd-pleasing sangria, sparkling wine cocktails, and nonalcoholic beverages.
Pumpkin DipServed in a roasted pumpkin, this hearty dip can be eaten on crackers, bread, or baby carrots.
Simple Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Appetizers Both Savory and SweetWhen it comes to Thanksgiving appetizers, you want to keep things on the lighter side. These gluten-free bites are easy to make and sure to be a hit with all your guests.
Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes
What would Thanksgiving dinner be without potatoes, both regular and sweet? These recipes transform humble spuds into scene-stealing side dishes.
Spiced Carrot SpreadSteamed carrots are pureed with cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, and tahini to create a robustly flavored appetizer.
Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes
Mix and match these crowd-pleasing side dish recipes to create your easiest Thanksgiving menu ever. Choose from classic sweet potato and green bean casseroles, mashed potatoes and potato gratin, bread stuffing and cornbread dressing, Brussels sprouts, butternut and acorn squash, cranberry sauces, roasted root vegetables, and lots more.Recipe
Cipollini in AgrodolceThese sweet-and-sour onions are often part of Italian antipasti, served warm or at room temperature.Recipe
Persimmon and Brie CrostiniThese little toasts make a delectable Thanksgiving appetizer. Be sure to use Fuyu persimmons -- they should be ripe but sliceable.Recipe
Polenta Squares with ProsciuttoPolenta squares with prosciutto and Taleggio cheese can be made in advance and broiled just before serving.Recipe
Broiled Feta with OrangesThis salty-tangy appetizer is great with bread and only takes a few minutes to prepare.Recipe
Whipped Hazelnut DipServe this with fall crudites, such as cauliflower, Romanesco broccoli, fennel, and endive.Recipe
Pan-Fried SardinesThe canned sardines are coated in cornmeal and fried up in minutes for a delicious appetizer.Recipe
Caramelized Onion Pizza with Goat Cheese and Turkey SausageSliced into small wedges, this pizza makes a simple and unusual Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvre.Recipe
Lamb Meatballs with HarissaCooked couscous are stuffed into these appetizer meatballs which have a Mediterranean flavor.Recipe
Emeril's Easy Cheese StrawsThis recipe is from Entertaining with Emeril, episode 2.Post
5 Pre-Thanksgiving To-Dos
Save yourself some time on Turkey Day: Follow our to-do list and get ahead.Recipe
Perfect Bite: Spinach Dip 2.0For an easy -- and much healthier -- take on the creamy, cheesy classic, try this update.Recipe
Minty Pea DipThis is a tasty dip you can pair with a few crudites and take it with you for a snack on the go.Recipe
Pureed ParsnipsHeart-healthy olive oil stands in for butter and heavy cream. Plus, parsnips, a less-starchy root vegetable, pack in fewer carbs than spuds.Recipe
Hazelnut and Turkey-Sausage Stuffed MushroomsHazelnuts add a bit of hearty crunch to this appetizer that puts a spin on that perennial cocktail party favorite -- the stuffed mushroom.Recipe
Roasted Beet HummusGet out the crudites and be prepared for a tasty surprise with this variation on classic hummus.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Pickle-Dressed Acorn Squash and BeetsThese vegetables for the relish tray can be made one day ahead and stored in the refrigerator.Video
Crab Dip with Colin QuinnMartha Stewart and Colin Quinn make crab dip with cheddar cheese and cream cheese as a Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvre.Video
Molasses Ribs with Colin QuinnMartha Stewart and Colin Quinn discuss his new play with Jerry Seinfeld and they make a Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvre: molasses and maple glazed ribs