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.
Warm Fennel-and-Parmesan Dip
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
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
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.
Hot Spinach Dip
This rich, creamy dish makes the perfect party dip. Otherwise, you might devour it all yourself.
Polenta Squares with Prosciutto
Polenta squares with prosciutto and Taleggio cheese can be made in advance and broiled just before serving.
Baked Brie with Pecans
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.
The canned sardines are coated in cornmeal and fried up in minutes for a delicious appetizer.
Cheddar Biscuits with Pecans
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.