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Best Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

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Cranberry chutney with brie cheese, topped with pecans.

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What Do You Serve Before Thanksgiving Dinner?

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What do you serve before Thanksgiving dinner? Here are some Thanksgiving appetizer recipe ideas—from a cranberry chutney with brie to a spinach artichoke dip. 

When it comes to appetizers, you don’t always need a recipe! Here’s a favorite standby: Brush a bunch of bread slices with olive oil and rub with a garlic clove. Then toast them top each one with a dollop of ricotta, a piece of smoked salmon, a sprinkling of minced chives, and a little grind of black pepper. Voila! Easy, a little elegant, and delicious!

Dips are also really easy, especially as you can prepare them in advance. This spinach-artichoke dish is a favorite of ours because it’s a real crowd pleaser.

Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

This Florentine Spinach Dip won first prize in The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac Recipe Contest!

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Stuffed Mushrooms

How about stuffed mushrooms? Pass a tray of these at your next party and watch them disappear. They’re also great to make ahead and reheat just before serving. 

Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Best-Ever Cheese Ball

No holiday party is compete without a giant cheese ball! It will disappear before your eyes. Note: The cheese ball tastes even better when made a day ahead.

Photo by Sam Jones of Quinn/Brein.

Cranberry Chutney

Slather our cranberry chutney over melted brie on crackers, crostini—or, a baked round of brie. This chutney’s best if you make in advance (at least the day before). 

(The chutney’s also a wonderful condiment with roasted pork or poultry.)

Photo by vm2002/shutterstock

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

Salty bacon wrapped around sweet scallops is a luscious appetizer. They may look fancy but they’re easy to make.

Photo by Matt Antonino

Baked Stuffed Artichokes

This is a very special appetizer for your Thanksgiving feast! You could serve this as a side dish, too.

Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Tasty Mini-Quiches 

These delicious quiches are highly customizable, making them the perfect addition to any holiday party. 

Photo Credit: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock

Roasted Prociutto-Wrapped Asparagus 

This is essentially a two-ingredient dish, and it is always a hit. If you do have any left over, serve it chilled in a salad.

Photo Credit: Ekaterina Smimova/Shutterstock.

Spiced Nuts 

Tasty, easy to make, and a great “snackable” appetizer. You’d better grab a handful while you can!

Photo Credit: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Dip

Move over hummus! We want to dip everything in this Roasted Butternut and Red Pepper Dip.

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Looking for more Thanksgiving recipes? See our Thanksgiving Dinners, Thanksgiving Sides, and Thanksgiving Desserts!

What are your go-to holiday appetizers? We’d love to hear in the comments below.