Best Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

What Do You Serve Before Thanksgiving Dinner?

By Catherine Boeckmann
November 17, 2019
Cranberry chutney with brie cheese appetizer

Cranberry chutney with brie cheese, topped with pecans.

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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. 

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

Pass a tray of these at your next party and watch them disappear. Stuffed mushrooms are 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. 


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