46 Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers To Warm Up Your Appetite

Bacon Deviled Eggs
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

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, so all you have to do the day of is scoop it into a bowl and set it out on the table. 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.

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Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts

Pear-and-Brie Puff Pastry Tarts
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

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.

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Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Hector Manuel Sanchez

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.

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Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip

Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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Yeast Rolls

Thanksgiving Yeast Rolls
Iain Bagwell

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.

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Traditional Quick-Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Traditional Quick-Pickled Brussels Sprouts
Greg DuPree

Recipe: 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.

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Cornmeal Popovers

Cornmeal Popovers
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Cornmeal Popovers

Gritty cornmeal gives the traditional, ethereal popover a fantastic crunch.

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Deviled Potatoes

Deviled Potatoes
Hector Sanchez Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

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.

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

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!

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Spicy Sweet Potato Crostini

Spicy Sweet Potato Crostini
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

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.

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Lump Crab Mornay

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).

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Crawfish Dip

Crawfish Dip

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.

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Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear

Pancetta Crisps With Goat Cheese and Pear
Ralph Anderson

Recipe: 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.

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Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese

Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: 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.

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Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts

Muffin Pan Tomato Tarts
Alison Miksch

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.

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Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log

Black Pepper-Goat Cheese Log
Ralph Anderson

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.

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Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites

Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham

Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham
Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham

Recipe: 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.

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Rotel Dip

Rotel Dip
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Rotel Dip

This dip comes together in just 20 minutes, making it the ideal last-minute appetizer.

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Baked Brie Bites

Baked Brie Bites
Laurey W. Glenn

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.

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Roasted Fennel-and-Prosciutto Flatbread

Roasted Fennel-and-Prosciutto Flatbread
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: 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.

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Crusty Broiled Tomatoes

Crusty Broiled Tomatoes
Southern Living

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.

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Oven-Fried Zucchini Sticks

Baked Zucchini Fries
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

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.

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Classic Pimiento Cheese

Basic Pimiento Cheese
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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Ranch Snacker Crackers

Ranch Snacker Crackers
Sheri Castle

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.

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Black Bean Corn Salsa

Back Bean Corn Salsa
Antonis Achilleos

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.

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Homemade Onion Dip

Homemade Onion Dip
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Homemade Onion Dip

Ditch the onion flavor packets—this Homemade Onion Dip couldn't be any easier to make.

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Bacon Bites

Bacon Bites
Oxmoor House

Recipe: Bacon Bites

Breadsticks wrapped in crispy, crunchy strands of bacon? Sounds like a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.

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Cocktail Meatballs

Quiche Lorraine
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Cocktail Meatballs

Put out a bowl of these mini meatballs with a carton of toothpicks and let the crowd dig in.

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Collard Dip

Collard Dip
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Collard Dip

Forgo the mucky stewed collards in the Thanksgiving feast and make this creamy Collard Dip instead.

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Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls
Southern Living

Recipe: Sausage Balls

This vintage Southern appetizer still graces all our party spreads, and our Thanksgiving feast just wouldn't be complete without them.

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Bacon Deviled Eggs

Bacon Deviled Eggs
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Bacon Deviled Eggs

Add a bit of zing to your traditional deviled egg recipe with bacon and pickled okra.

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Herbed Goat Cheese Spread

Herbed-Goat Cheese Spread
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

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.

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Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites

Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites

Adding sweet potato to these sausage balls give them extra fall flavor.

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Baby Hasselback Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Baby Hasselback Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: 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.

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Micah A. Leal

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.

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Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites
Southern Living

Recipe: Cranberry Brie Bites

Salty brie and tart cranberry are topped with crunchy pistachio pieces in this appetizer.

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Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles

Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles

Recipe: Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles

This veggie appetizer is a great way to add fresh produce to your spread.

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Bacon-Parmesan Tassies

Bacon-Parmesan Tassies
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Bacon-Parmesan Tassies

These cheesy, salty delights are crispy with every bite.

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Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw

Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw

The sweet potato biscuits freeze beautifully—thaw, bake, and top them just before serving.

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Spicy-Sweet Pecans

Spicy-Sweet Pecans
Helen Norman

Recipe: Spicy-Sweet Pecans

The egg white helps the spice mixture adhere evenly and gives the pecans a crisp, glossy coating.

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Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly

Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: 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.

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Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball

Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball

This appetizer will wow guests with big flavors packed in such a simple dish. Feta and cream keep things silky, while flat-leaf parsley and finely-chopped green onions give a burst of freshness and crunch to the exterior. The bright green appearance will also draw guests to this aesthetically pleasing appetizer that is best served with cucumber slices.

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Cherry-Pecan Brie

Cherry-Pecan Brie
Jim Franco

Recipe: Cherry-Pecan Brie

Cherry-Pecan Brie is a five-ingredient appetizer you can have ready in about 10 minutes.

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Cheddar-Horseradish-Walnut Cheese Ball

Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Cheddar-Horseradish-Walnut Cheese Ball

You can also shape the cheese mixture into a Yule log.

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Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches

Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches

Give the tired cheeseboard a serious upgrade with this warm, melty brie and cool peach topping.

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Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips

Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips

If you don't have time to make fried wontons, use fancy potato chips or crispy tortilla chips.

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