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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Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers to Start a Fabulous Feast

Before you bring out the bird (find the best turkey preparation tips by downloading our complete guide), these deliciously simple recipes will keep the hungry crowd happy while you finish the meal.
By Laura Rege

Warm Fennel-and-Parmesan Dip

Rating: 3.62 stars
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: 3.09 stars
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: 3.03 stars
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.

Baked Brie with Pecans

Rating: 3.13 stars
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.

Hot Spinach Dip

Rating: 3.17 stars
This rich, creamy dish makes the perfect party dip. Otherwise, you might devour it all yourself.

Potato Galette with Smoked Salmon

Rating: 3.61 stars
Smoked salmon adds just the right amount of saltiness to layers of golden spuds. Thinly sliced potatoes in concentric circles make a pretty galette. This one has a cool, fluffy spread that pairs perfectly with smoked salmon.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3.1 stars
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Pan-Fried Sardines

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

Cheddar Biscuits with Pecans

Rating: 3.23 stars
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: 3.56 stars
For an extra indulgent hors d'oeuvre, top this cheddar cheese shortbread with smoked salmon and caviar, and serve with glasses of champagne.

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Cipollini in Agrodolce

These sweet-and-sour onions are often part of Italian antipasti, served warm or at room temperature.