15 Bite-Sized Thanksgiving Appetizers That Your Guests Will Adore
As guests gather, give them a little something special to eat while they're waiting for the big feast. Serving bite-sized appetizers that are easy to prepare on or before Thanksgiving is a surefire way to keep everyone from asking, "When will the turkey be ready?" This collection of delicious mini appetizers is just the solution.
When preparing Thanksgiving appetizers, keep the recipe simple and ingredients list minimal. Smoked Trout and Cucumber bites require just three ingredients and are super easy to slice, layer, and serve in just about 15 minutes total. Similarly, the only cooking required for Persimmon and Brie Crostini is toasting the baguette for 10 minutes, then melting the cheese and sugar on top for just another two minutes. Quick, straightforward, and an absolute delight to snack on before the turkey.
Or get a head start on bite-sized Thanksgiving appetizers by prepping parts, or all, of the dish beforehand. For example, the dough for homemade crackers, like these Whole-Wheat-and-Sesame Crackers and Fig-and-Almond Crackers, can be prepped and frozen for up to three months, then baked off and served with dried fruit, jam, and cheese. It saves you time day-of and the finished product is incredible.
Can't pull your crowd away from the football game? Serve a game day-inspired appetizer in front of the television. These Loaded Potato Bites combine all of the elements of a baked potato in one flavorful appetizer—and they look adorable to boot.
Everyone will enjoy these bite-sized appetizers for Thanksgiving (just remember to save room for the main event!).
Persimmon and Brie Crostini
Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Chorizo, Parsnip, and Olive Bites
Chesapeake Crab Cakes
Feeling fancy? These bite-sized crab cakes might be the ultimate luxe appetizer. The best part is they can be fried in advance, then reheated in the oven, which helps to ease prep work on Thanksgiving morning.
Mini muffin tins turn cornbread into an adorable, bite-sized appetizer. We're sharing three flavorful combinations—orange-rosemary, jalapeño-cheddar, and caramelized onion-bacon. Try one or divide the batter into thirds and make them all!
Smoked Trout and Cucumber
Loaded Potato Bites
Deviled Eggs with Relish
Broccoli Fritto Misto
Date, Olive, and Goat Cheese Tart
Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
Shrimp Cocktail with Three Sauces
Jalapeño-Bacon Johnnycakes with Avocado-Cilantro Cream
Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Melon
Fruit or vegetables wrapped in prosciutto is a go-to party appetizer. Here, wedges of honeydew and cantaloupe provide a sweet counterpoint to the salty ham, but try using seasonal fruit such as figs or persimmons. Another reason to love this bite-sized appetizer? It can be done in a snap on the grill or using an indoor grill pan.