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.

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These Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers Are Just What You Need to Start a Fabulous Feast

Keep your hungry crowd happy with deliciously simple appetizers while you finish the holiday meal. Our tried-and-trusted selection includes spiced nuts, crispy chickpeas, ham-and-spinach dip, a fresh take on the relish tray, and cheater's deviled eggs.
By Laura Rege

Warm Fennel-and-Parmesan Dip

Rating: 3.5 stars 168
A warm, golden dip always tempts guests to dig in. This one uses Parmesan cheese to season caramelized fennel and garlic.

Spinach Dip 2.0

Rating: 3 stars 106
For a lighter, healthier take on the creamy, cheesy classic, try this update made with ricotta. The savory spread makes an excellent Thanksgiving starter.

Cauliflower, Red Onion, and Chestnut Tart

Rating: 3 stars 246
A blue cheese bechamel makes this tart deliciously rich, so you need only a small piece. It's a good starter or side dish for a holiday meal, but it works just as well for lunch or a light dinner with a green salad.

Broiled Feta with Oranges

This salty-tangy appetizer is great with bread and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

Pan-Fried Sardines

The canned sardines are coated in cornmeal and fried up in minutes for a delicious appetizer.

Baked Brie with Pecans

Rating: 3 stars 725
Toasted pecans and maple syrup complement the creamy Brie in this hors d'oeuvre. For the best texture, let the cheese cool before topping it with the syrup mixture.This recipe is by Everyday Food reader Kathy Quinn of Montclair, New Jersey.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3 stars 594
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Cheese Ball

Rating: 3 stars 164
A perfect snack to serve at holiday gatherings, this pecan-coated cheese ball is a party favorite. Serve it with raw vegetables and crisp crackers.

Cheddar Biscuits with Pecans

Rating: 3 stars 287
This savory Southern hors d'oeuvre can be made up to a week in advance, giving you more time to enjoy your guests on Thanksgiving Day.

Savory Shortbread

Rating: 3.5 stars 155
For an extra indulgent hors d'oeuvre, top this cheddar cheese shortbread with smoked salmon and caviar, and serve with glasses of champagne.

Parmesan Straws

Rating: 3.5 stars 258
These flaky, cheesy appetizers are the perfect addition to any occasion.

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Spinach, Bacon, and Onion Dip
Rating: 3.5 stars 762

Spinach, bacon, and onion make a flavorful match in this cheesy dip. Serve with crostini or pita chips and pair with a seasonal cocktail or two. This festive combination, great for company, might become a new holiday tradition.