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: 3.62 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: 3.09 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: 3.03 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.

Spiced Nuts

Rating: 3.1 stars 594
A perfect spicy snack for the holidays.

Baked Brie with Pecans

Rating: 3.13 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.

Hot Spinach Dip

Rating: 3.17 stars 2587
This rich, creamy dish makes the perfect party dip. Otherwise, you might devour it all yourself.

Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Rating: 3.67 stars 118
These elegant mixed nuts perk up a plate of seasonal snacks.

Pan-Fried Sardines

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

Persimmon and Brie Crostini

These little toasts make a delectable Thanksgiving appetizer. Be sure to use Fuyu persimmons -- they should be ripe but sliceable.

Pomegranate Fontina Rice Balls

Rating: 3.78 stars 27
Use these Italian style rice balls to complement our chicken-liver crostini.

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15 Bite-Sized Thanksgiving Appetizers That Your Guests Will Adore
Let friends and family gather around the appetizers while dinner is being prepared. Choose from finger foods such as stuffed mushrooms, deviled eggs, and shrimp cocktail—our recipes are so delicious they won't notice if the turkey's running late (get our complete turkey tutorial here)!
Smoky Almonds
Rating: 2.44 stars

Before the Thanksgiving feast, welcome guests and whet appetites with a relish tray -- including these Smoky Almonds, Garden Veggie Dip, Herb-Marinated Olives, and Pickled Carrots -- and a couple of classic gin cocktails (Negroni and Gibson).