67 Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers To Warm Up Your Appetite
Thanksgiving is a marathon of eating and cooking, and it's of the utmost importance to be prepared. That means planning out all of the components of the meal, from the morning snacks to the pre-dinner apps. While we often dedicate most of our attention to preparing the bountiful Thanksgiving dinner, the earlier hours of the day should certainly not go unnoticed. Kick off Thanksgiving dinner in style with these simple, light appetizers. We've collected our favorite party appetizers that are easy to prepare and won't fill your guests up before you make it to the turkey. You can make lots of these dips and finger foods in advance, like our Classic Pimiento Cheese and Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus, so all you have to do the day of is scoop it into a bowl and set it out on the table. From sophisticated Potato Puffs to indulgent Rotel Sausage Dip, our appetizers are fit for every Thanksgiving mood or theme. Looking for a healthier option? Try our Baked Zucchini Fries. These Thanksgiving appetizers will help you tide the crowd over before the much-anticipated evening meal. Ward off those pre-meal munchies and gear up for the main event with these Thanksgiving appetizers.
Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts
Recipe: Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts
Marry the flakey, buttery layers of a puff pastry with the decadent, creamy richness of a brie and, well, you can't be wrong. Anjou pears add a sweet, contrasting note.
Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts
Recipe: Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts
You can't get much simpler or more beloved than classic boiled peanuts. This also takes the prize for easiest appetizer ever. Dump your peanuts, salt, and water into a crock pot and the work is done.
Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
If you love hummus, try our Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus. Peas provide the familiar texture; smoked paprika and pepper provide the spice. A little lemon zest keeps it zingy.
Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Recipe: Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Spicy nuts meet a creamy medley of cheeses for a dip that's sure to be a hit. Serve with bread or leave room for the main course by substituting for apple slices.
Recipe: Yeast Rolls
Is it really Thanksgiving dinner without rolls? Not at all. This easy, simple recipe yields a sweet, tender bread that's great for snacking or for sopping up that turkey gravy.
Traditional Quick-Pickled Brussels Sprouts
A make-ahead appetizer that's sure to please, our Traditional Quick-Pickled Brussels Sprouts curb the appetite without taking up the stomach space reserved for the turkey.
Recipe: Cornmeal Popovers
Gritty cornmeal gives the traditional, ethereal popover a fantastic crunch.
Recipe: Deviled Potatoes
A mashup of the beloved deviled egg and baked potato, our Deviled Potatoes are the best of both recipes. Hot, crispy-skinned potatoes cradle the classic deviled filling, well-seasoned with dill, capers, and mustard.
Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
Recipe: Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
Who can resist an excellent chicken wing? Very few, we say. Our Crispy Baked Chicken Wings are coated in red pepper jelly, coriander, and ginger to keep things interesting. Good luck snaring more than one; these will fly off the table!
Recipe: Party-Perfect Meatballs
Meatballs are a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, and our Party-Perfect Meatballs aren't called perfect for nothing. A good third cup of hot pepper jelly mixed in with the glaze adds a little heat.
Spicy Sweet Potato Crostini
Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Crostini
Move over, tiny toasts! These crostini use roasted sweet potato slices as the base for a sweet and spicy goat cheese spread. Toasted pecans add a nutty crunch.
Lump Crab Mornay
Recipe: Lump Crab Mornay
Fresh crabmeat is the star of this dip, which is also loaded with heavy cream and a generous amount of cheese (Swiss or Gruyère, your pick).
Recipe: Crawfish Dip
Move over, all other party dips. This Crawfish Dip is sure to be the new favorite, with succulent crawfish tails swimming in a creamy, cheesy sauce.
Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear
If you want to pull out all the stops for your Thanksgiving feast, you must include our Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear. Bartlett pear slices are topped with crunchy pancetta, fresh-cracked pepper, and a little honey to make for a delightful appetizer course.
Cacio e Pepe Puffs
Recipe: Cacio e Pepe Puffs
You can't go wrong with cheese and pepper. A layer of parmesan, black pepper, and olive oil cover the puff pastry rounds, which are then topped with chives for a little greenery.
Warm Turnip Green Dip
Recipe: Warm Turnip Green Dip
Our Warm Turnip Green Dip is a comforting snack on a chilly November afternoon. The addition of bacon makes it all the more appealing.
Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese
The humble endive shines with the accompaniment of an herbed goat cheese mixture filled with chives, parsley, and tarragon for a light, but no less tasty, appetizer for your Thanksgiving table.
Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
Recipe: Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
As the name implies, you'll be making these individual tarts in a muffin pan. Throw in your puff pastry, sharp cheddar, and a rainbow of cherry tomatoes for an easy Thanksgiving appetizer.
Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log
Recipe: Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log
If you forgot about the appetizer, this essentially two-ingredient Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log will save the day. Roll a log of cheese in some freshly cracked pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with rosemary.
Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Cherry Peppers
This is the appetizer you pull out to wow the company when you want to put in very little effort. Only six ingredients stand between you and these fun, colorful, and extremely poppable snacks
Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Recipe: Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Kentucky's signature sandwich gets turned on its head in the form of these adorable appetizers loaded with turkey, cheese, bacon, and tomato.
Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham
This creamy dip is punctuated by sweet onions and flavorful country ham. With French bread or seasoned pita chips for dipping, you're in danger of filling up before the main course.
Recipe: Rotel Dip
This dip comes together in just 20 minutes, making it the ideal last-minute appetizer.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
Frozen phyllo pastry shells form the base for this much-loved, bite-sized appetizer. It really doesn't get much easier than this.
Roasted Fennel-and-Prosciutto Flatbread
This is simpler to make than the name implies, with the assistance of pre-made pizza dough, but sure to impress your guests all the same.
Crusty Broiled Tomatoes
Recipe: Crusty Broiled Tomatoes
Bring a pop of freshness to the appetizer spread with these lightly-seasoned broiled tomatoes. Topped with herbed parmesan breadcrumbs, these simple tomatoes will be gone in a flash.
Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Recipe: Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks
Trick your guests into eating their vegetables with these crispy Zucchini Fries. This fresh appetizer will leave everyone feeling great and satisfied.
Olive Oil Popcorn with Garlic and Rosemary
In need of a snack to munch on while watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade? Look no further than this Olive Oil Popcorn with Garlic and Rosemary.
Classic Pimiento Cheese
Recipe: Classic Pimiento Cheese
No Southern event is complete without a big bowl of pimiento cheese. This easy appetizer can be made in advance to ease your day-of prep docket.
Ranch Snacker Crackers
Recipe: Ranch Snacker Crackers
These addictive bites pack all the flavors of your favorite dressing. Leave a bowl of these on the counter and they're sure to be gone by the end of the night.
Black Bean Corn Salsa
Recipe: Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Add a bit of bright color to the Thanksgiving appetizer spread with this simple homemade salsa. For optimal ease, this dish comes together in just 20 minutes.
Homemade Onion Dip
Recipe: Homemade Onion Dip
Ditch the onion flavor packets—this Homemade Onion Dip couldn't be any easier to make.
Potato Puffs with Toppings
Recipe: Potato Puffs with Toppings
Bring sophistication to your Thanksgiving table with these charming, elegant Potato Puffs.
Recipe: Bacon Bites
Breadsticks wrapped in crispy, crunchy strands of bacon? Sounds like a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
Mini Mushroom-and-Goat Cheese Pot Pies
These miniature pot pies are perfectly bite-sized for easy portion control. The flavors of mushroom, goat cheese, and sherry act as a lovely prelude to your Thanksgiving turkey.
Recipe: Cocktail Meatballs
Put out a bowl of these mini meatballs with a carton of toothpicks and let the crowd dig in.
Tomato and Feta Dip
Recipe: Tomato and Feta Dip
Channel Mediterranean flavors with this Tomato and Feta Dip. Serve with toasty crostini or pita chips for a substantial, yet still light appetizer.
Goat Cheese and Gouda Pimiento Cheese
Looking for an easy way to elevate your staple pimiento cheese recipe? Try switching out the cheddar for goat cheese and gouda.
Crispy Pork Meatballs
Recipe: Crispy Pork Meatballs
When it comes to Thanksgiving appetizers, it's crucial to keep it light and fresh. These bite-sized Crispy Pork Meatballs accomplish just that.
Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
Recipe: Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
This dip is oh-so-light, but still satisfying enough to tide your crowd over until Thanksgiving dinner.
Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Recipe: Rosemary Focaccia Bread
Pair flavorful Rosemary Focaccia Bread with Turnip Green Pesto for a mouth-watering appetizer.
Recipe: Collard Dip
Forgo the mucky stewed collards in the Thanksgiving feast and make this creamy Collard Dip instead.
Recipe: Eggplant-Yogurt Dip
Lighten up your appetizer spread with this creamy vegetable-based dip. Serve with raw vegetables for a healthy option that won't weigh you down.
Recipe: Sausage Balls
This vintage Southern appetizer still graces all our party spreads, and our Thanksgiving feast just wouldn't be complete without them.
Bacon Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Bacon Deviled Eggs
Add a bit of zing to your traditional deviled egg recipe with bacon and pickled okra.
Turnip Green Salad
Recipe: Turnip Green Salad
Fresh turnip greens bring an earthy, bright flavor to this simple salad.
Chipotle Cheese Straws
Recipe: Chipotle Cheese Straws
Chipotle chile powder meets tangy sharp cheddar cheese in these crunchy straws.
Recipe: Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms
Be sure to season the mushroom cavities with salt and pepper before adding in creamy spinach dip.
Beef Tenderloin Crostini
Recipe: Beef Tenderloin Crostini
These appetizers are like a steak dinner in a bite-sized form.
Herbed Goat Cheese Spread
Recipe: Herbed Goat Cheese Spread
With just four ingredients and five minutes of prep work this dip is a go-to for any appetizer spread.
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
Adding sweet potato to these sausage balls give them extra fall flavor.
Baby Hasselback Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon
These sliced potatoes get nice and crispy in the oven. Top with bacon and blue cheese for a rich, indulgent flavor.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
This appetizer is a party in each bite. Hollowed out jalapeño peppers are stuffed with Worcestershire sauce, cream cheese, and cheddar and wrapped in bacon.
Cranberry Brie Bites
Recipe: Cranberry Brie Bites
Salty brie and tart cranberry are topped with crunchy pistachio pieces in this appetizer.
Cheesy Garlic, Herb, and Ham Bites
Frozen puff pastries are topped with garlic and cheese spread, prosciutto or country ham, and parsley.
Butternut Squash Tarts
Recipe: Butternut Squash Tarts
Top these butternut squash tarts with balsamic glaze and shaved ricotta salata.
Recipe: Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles
This veggie appetizer is a great way to add fresh produce to your spread.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Recipe: Spinach Artichoke Dip
This warm Spinach Artichoke Dip is equal parts comforting and delicious.
Recipe: Bacon-Parmesan Tassies
These cheesy, salty delights are crispy with every bite.
Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
The sweet potato biscuits freeze beautifully—thaw, bake, and top them just before serving.
Recipe: Spicy-Sweet Pecans
The egg white helps the spice mixture adhere evenly and gives the pecans a crisp, glossy coating.
Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly
For a different presentation, make this mousse in a 1 ½-quart ovenproof dish instead of small jars.