There’s no doubt that the Thanksgiving meal is the star of the show, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the only thing worth raving about.
If your family is anything like mine, our stomachs start rumbling far before meal time. That’s why I try to keep the growling at bay with some appetizers that are delicious and easy to prepare.
Below, you can find some of my favorites that I make in my own kitchen. You can also find some of the best appetizers I found online — from savory to sweet.
What treats will you be enjoying before (or after!) your meal?
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The Best Appetizers From My Own Kitchen
I rounded up a few of my go-to appetizers from my household. While they’re great for Thanksgiving and the holidays, they can also be prepared year-round!
This is one of my simplest and best appetizers because it only requires a few steps! After drying out your spinach, combine all the ingredients together, roll your mixture into walnut-sized balls and freeze them for several hours.
After, place them in a 350-degree oven and bake for 10 minutes. Easy, delightful and filled with flavor.
Nearly everyone has tasted the classic spinach and artichoke dip, which is why I wanted to give it a little twist. It’s made with ingredients like Asiago and Mozzarella cheese, Italian sausage, sun-dried tomatoes and more.
I like serving it with anything I have on hand… breadsticks, tortilla chips, baked pita or raw veggies!
My sweet tooth goes crazy for this one and my family adores the recipe as well. It’s called cookies and cream fudge and it has the same texture as your classic chocolate fudge, but it’s filled with unique flavors and Oreo cookies.
This one can also be a dessert, but I think it makes a good appetizer because each cube is easy to pick up from a serving plate.
If you’re having a larger gathering this year, you can always opt for a charcuterie board! What’s great about this choice is that you can cater to anyone’s palate. Throw together a variety of meats, cheeses, nuts and fruit and I’m sure you’ll have everyone gathered around.
Other Classic Appetizers For The Family
From dips to deviled eggs, there are always a few appetizers that everyone loves. Here, I listed some of my favorites I found on the web and I hope you’ll enjoy them too.
This is one of the best appetizers for any occasion because it’s warm and welcoming. I found it a while ago and continue to make it for small get-togethers, family gatherings and holidays.
Don’t wait to dive into this one. Check it out on Bon Appétit HERE.
Stuffed mushrooms are a classic and this recipe by Makinze Gore looks delicious. What makes this one extra special is that they’re finished with a light crusting of Parmesan cheese. It adds a bite of flavor that will have you coming back for seconds.
Make it in your own home by checking out the recipe HERE.
Do I have any olive fans here? They’re so versatile — you can use them on pizza, in drinks or in a dip to add some elaborate flavor.
This recipe comes with a bit of spice but it looks incredible. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a bowl and bake the dish for an hour. What you’re left with is a tasty appetizer with hints of tangerine, garlic and rosemary. You can create this yourself by visiting the Food Network website HERE.
If you were a fan of ham and cheese sandwiches as a kid, you’ll go crazy for this appetizer. I found it on a website called Well Plated and I was surprised to see it only requires four ingredients.
The photo should do the talking, but here’s another tempting detail — it’s finished with a brush of Dijon mustard. Find the whole recipe HERE.
Deviled eggs are a go-to in my house and one of the best appetizers for Thanksgiving. Everyone has their own way of making them, but if you need some instruction, this recipe from the Food Network looks good.
See how to make your own by clicking HERE.
The Best Appetizers For The Sweet-Lover
No matter how full I get, I’m always in the mood for something sweet. If you’re the same way, you’ll love some of these recipes I found!
You know how much I love simplicity. That’s why this recipe from InstruPix immediately caught my attention. Sure, you could go through the trouble of frying your own donut holes, but with this option, you can have the same taste with half the difficulty.
It’s made with Pillsbury biscuit dough, butter, sugar and cinnamon… that’s it! For further instructions, visit the site HERE.
This recipe doesn’t fall under the category of “sweets,” but it has a sweet and savory profile you’ll definitely want to try. Made with crescent rolls and Brie cheese, everyone in attendance will devour them. Tempting? Make the recipe by visiting the Delish site HERE.
You can also make these after Thanksgiving with your leftover cranberry sauce!
Some of the best appetizers include cranberries, which is why I wanted to feature this one as well. It’s tart, salty and sweet all at the same time. Plus, you can easily keep it for later if your dinner guests don’t finish it before the big meal.
Follow the instructions HERE to make it for your own family.
Simple and sweet. That’s the best way to describe this treat! Some people assume Chex Mix is only for the kids, but I’m telling you, everyone will love this recipe. It’s sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and specled with nuts.
Treat your guests to the mix and find the recipe HERE.
A lot of people make sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, and this recipe from Basil and Bubbly is a twist on the classic. Instead of masking your potatoes or cubing them, you’ll want to slice them so they look like chips.
Sprinkle them with cinnamon, brown sugar and salt, and top each one with a few mini marshmallows. Yum yum yum! If you need more details, you can find the instructions for the recipe HERE.
Trays and Bowls For Appetizers
I suppose you could serve your appetizers right out of the baking or cooking dish, but you may get some odd looks from your family. Instead, plate your treats on a platter, bowl or appetizer tray!
This Oval Pumpkin Platter is decorated with vibrant colors, leaves and pumpkins — perfect for Thanksgiving. I’d say it’s good for a meat and cheese tray or something like those Brie bites I showcased above!
Keep everything in its own place with this Creativeware Divided Server. It includes five outer bowls and a bowl for the center. So, you could add a dip in the middle and fill the outside with nuts, chips, or veggies.
That cranberry cream cheese dip would look lovely in this Stoneware Serving Bowl. Not only is it affordable, it’s chic, festive and dishwasher safe.
Let me know if you whip up any of these appetizers on Thanksgiving — I know I’ll be munching on some tasty treats before my family meal!
Whether you’re having family over this year or laying low with a couple of people, no one will complain about a little extra food in the mix. Enjoy!
From my holiday home to yours,
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– Easy Ways To Use Everyday Items In Your Holiday Decor