Thanksgiving is a day of food, football, family, and fun. It is a cooks marathon and a food lover’s favorite holiday, and it all starts with the best Thanksgiving Appetizers.
Best Thanksgiving Appetizers was originally posted on October 3, 2021. Updated links and made revisions to post September 26, 2021.
Thanksgiving is an all-day affair! Right after breakfast and the parade everyone, football is played and watched, wine is poured, Appetizers are eaten while waiting for the feast, and even though most families have their own set of drama, laughter usually fills the rooms.
Having appetizers out will keep your hangry crowd at bay while they wait for the main event! Over the years appetizers have evolved from a simple relish, veggie, and cheese trays to easy and delicious finger foods and irresistible hors-d’oeuvres. There is always a little something for everyone!
So, what are you going to make? Haven’t decided, no worries here are a few of our favorite Seasonal Appetizers!
Thanksgiving Appetizers Recipes
Spicy Ranch and Broccoli Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms
Bacon and White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms
"There are two types of people in this world, mushroom lovers, and mushroom haters. I have yet to meet a person that says “Oh, I am not sure if I like them.” Well if you are one of the many that love mushrooms you are going to love this simple ooey gooey cheesy golden brown roasted Bacon and White Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms appetizers."
Easy Baked Shrimp Toast
"This baked shrimp toast features rich and creamy shrimp mixture on top of crispy bread. If you are looking for a quick and easy appetizer for your next party, give this a try."
Rosemary Infused Cranberry Brie Tartlet
"Easy to make, look adorable, gives an option to your gluten free friends/family, and most importantly taste amazing! The crust has an almost buttery flavor that along with the creamy brie cheese and tart cranberry sauce are going to make your taste buds sing!"
Candied Pecans with Rosemary
“A recipe for candied pecans made in the oven, featuring fresh rosemary, cinnamon, and chili powder!”
Ritz Bites with Ham, Brie and Cranberries
"Looking for a fast and simple party appetizer? Here it is! These Ritz Bites with Ham, Cranberries, and Brie are ready in about 10 minutes and require no cooking."
Cranberry Compote with Brie Appetizer Recipe
"Sometimes the most “fancy” looking, beautiful and delicious party appetizers can actually be easy to make. Although there are several steips in making this Cranberry Compote with Brie appetizer recipe, none of them are hard and they don’t take long to do either."
Easy Spanokopita recipe | Spinach Feta Filo Cups
"Spanokopita – Traditional Pie recipe stuffed with a creamy cheesy filling of spinach and feta all layered in between thin, crispy and flaky filo crusts; with each bite giving you a dreamy texture of crispiness and creaminess."
Thanksgiving Crostini Appetizer
"Thanksgiving dinner all in one bite! Turkey, brie, cranberries and rosemary all piled onto a crispy bite sized slice of bread. These Thanksgiving Crostini Appetizer are an easy yet creative holiday appetizer that your guests will absolutely devour. "
Caprese Pastry Bites
"These puff pastry caprese bites, made using ready-rolled puff pastry, are quick, simple and eye-catching. Perfect for any party table! I’ve included a video below so you can see just how simple they are!"
Cranberry Jalapeno Bites
"Bite sized appetizer with a bit of tart from the cranberries and a touch of heat from the jalapenos."
Gluten Free Cheddar Delicate Squash Fritters
"These delicata squash fritters make a tasty appetizer that is packed full of flavor. Crispy and delicious, with lots of melty cheddar cheese, this gluten free fritter recipe will please a crowd."
Fried Mushroom Recipe
"This easy fried mushroom recipe is an easy party appetizer and made even healthier in the air fryer! A crispy, breaded mushroom that can also be oven-baked for the same crispy taste."
Beautiful Vegan Squash Rosettes
"These little vegan squash rosettes are completely vegan, so easy to make and INCREDIBLY delicious! Give your vegan party guests a little love with these precious, colorful appetizers."
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Snack Recipe with Rosemary and Garlic
"This spicy roasted chickpeas snack recipe is my new solution to snack time guilt. No more ‘hangry’ mom who is irritable because she is trying to avoid snacking."
Gorgonzola Pear English Muffin Pizzas
"Looking for quick & easy appetizers to serve at holiday parties during the cooler months? Bake a batch of these simple, yet elegant Gorgonzola Pear English Muffin Pizzas in only 20 minutes from start to finish. Impress your guests with the seasonal flavors of fall & winter without all the hard work!"
Apple and Brie Tartlets
"A cross between sweet and savoury, these apple tartlets are wrapped in a flaky puff pastry, and filled with soft baked local apples, creamy Brie and crunchy walnuts. This is a sponsored post. I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Ontario Apple Growers to create this recipe for you. Though monetary compensation was received, all opinions are my own."
Herb Cheese Peppadew Sweet Peppers
"A colorful platter of Herb Cheese Peppadew Sweet Peppers makes great party snack! super flavorful single bite appetizers everyone loves"
Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
"I guarantee you if you make these Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts, they will not last long. I almost ate this entire batch myself. It’s the type of recipe where you cannot just have one. I eat one and I’m in for it. I have to eat them ALL!"
Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites
“Bacon-wrapped stuffing bites are a wonderful holiday appetizer! Use up the leftover stuffing and wrap thick flavorful bacon around for the perfect treat”
White Cheddar and Sun Dried Tomato Avocado Stuffed Meatballs – Low Carb, Gluten Free
"So many delicious flavors all in one dish. These White Cheddar and Sun Dried Tomato Avocado Stuffed Meatballs, are juicy, delicious, and crazy flavorful."
Fried Mozzarella Balls with Pumpkin, Sage and Caramelized Onion
"This recipe makes 15-20 Fried Mozzarella Balls. Plan for 2-3 per person. And the dip works for a vegetable platter too, so double or triple the dip recipe if you want to serve it with multiple munchie platters."
Panko Crusted Crispy Stuffing Balls
"These Stuffing Balls are the perfect way to use up that leftover Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing and amp them up with a touch of gooey cheese and a nice crispy coating on the outside!"
Vegan Spinach Artichoke Cups
"Vegan Spinach Artichoke Cups ~ a crowd favorite tucked inside a crispy and flaky shell. "
Easy Baked Brie with Fig Jam and Walnuts
"Baked Brie with fig jam is a heavenly delight! If you haven’t tried this appetizer yet, you should now! Especially if you are a fan of cheese dip with brie and meat charcuterie boards."
Goat Cheese Ball
“An easy party cheese ball recipe featuring cream cheese, goat cheese, white Cheddar, cranberries and fresh thyme”
Brandy Infused Mini Cheese Balls
“Brandy cheese balls are made with tangy cheese, soft cream cheese, and Brandy for a little kick. Chopped pecans give an added crunch.”
Easy Cranberry Baked Brie with Thyme
“Easy Cranberry Baked Brie Recipe: Fancy and delicious 15-minute holiday appetizer your guests would love. Creamy, gooey, runny-centered baked brie topped with cranberry sauce, roasted pecans and thyme.”
Thank you to all the bloggers who submitted recipes and participated in the Best Thanksgiving Appetizers Roundup and a special thank you for letting me use their photos to make this round-up that much yummier!!
The day starts before the feast is served. Simple delicious make-ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers and trays are so crucial to keeping things on track. They set the tone and pave the way for the feast.
Speaking of feast, still planning, or maybe you have no idea what to make. Look no farther than the links below for inspiration.
For More Thanksgiving Recipes
Have no time to plan, check out these recipes as well as pre-planned meals with free printable thanksgiving menus, and free printable grocery lists.
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