With Thanksgiving right around the corner, here is a list of 30 Thanksgiving appetizer recipes that will amaze your guests including bacon deviled eggs, artichoke dip and cranberry meatballs.
Start your Thanksgiving off right with appetizer recipes so good that you’ll almost forget about dinner!
Whether you are hosting a holiday feast this year or you just want to bring something special, don’t forget the appetizers. There is nothing better than the smell of turkey in the oven and an amazing snack at your fingertips. For everybody watching a game or chatting in the kitchen, a bowl of something to munch on is a must. Since we’re celebrating on this day, I also offer some festive jello shots for the adults!
I have gathered up the best list of Thanksgiving snack recipes that will delight friends and family. I love hearty appetizers that are loaded with melty cheese, savory and the perfect way to get your guests ready for the main meal. There are plenty of options like cheese bombs, garlic knots, fried mushrooms and pigs in a blanket.
When oven and stove space is scarce, cold snacks are fantastic. They tend to be a little on the lighter side, and many of them are make-ahead which is always important when you’re planning a big meal! Try some cold recipes with minimal ingredients like pesto dip, cheese ball bites and the classic bacon deviled eggs. Pair your snacks with some Thanksgiving punch for ultimate enjoyment!
Whatever you do, don’t forget the homemade Chex mix. I am always astonished how good that crispy, savory snack can be.
Don’t let the holiday appetizer be an afterthought, pick some of these amazing snacks now. Have fun with your munchies and try something new. Sometimes I think appetizers are the best part of the whole meal! Need more help with your Thanksgiving menu? Be sure to check out my guide on how to cook a turkey. You can also try some of my favorite side dishes such as roasted butternut squash, homemade cranberry sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin soup. As a bonus, I’m including an extra recipe at the end for the most quick and easy Thanksgiving appetizer platter!
30 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
These antipasto skewers are a variety of italian meats, cheeses, olives and vegetables threaded onto sticks. An easy yet elegant appetizer.
This artichoke dip recipe is a blend of three types of cheese, artichoke hearts, garlic and herbs, all baked together to golden brown perfection. A quick and easy appetizer idea that always gets rave reviews!
These bacon wrapped dates are stuffed with goat cheese, covered in bacon, then brushed with maple syrup before they go into the oven to bake to perfection. A super easy and unique 5 ingredient appetizer!
This baked brie is topped with raspberry jam, fresh raspberries and candied pecans, then is wrapped in puff pastry and baked to golden brown perfection. A quick and easy appetizer option that is sure to impress your family and friends.
This cheese ball recipe is made with cream cheese, white cheddar cheese and spices, all blended together and rolled in chopped pecans. A classic appetizer that's easy to make and always a hit at parties.
A guide to creating the best cheese board with a variety of different cheeses, crackers, fruit and accompaniments. An easy and impressive appetizer for any gathering, and this one always gets rave reviews!
These cheese bombs are biscuit dough wrapped around cheddar cheese, then topped with garlic herb butter and parmesan and baked to perfection. An easy snack or side dish that’s perfect for all the cheese lovers in your life.
These crab stuffed mushrooms are mushroom caps filled with flaked crab and three types of cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. An easy and elegant appetizer that can be assembled ahead of time!
These grape jelly meatballs are homemade meatballs tossed in a two ingredient sauce and slow cooked to perfection in the crock pot. A quick and easy appetizer or dinner option that always gets rave reviews!
This homemade ranch dip is full of all of the familiar herbs and spices, but has no preservatives like the store bought version. The homemade ranch powder is easy to make and keeps in the fridge for months!
These little smokies are cocktail sausages simmered in the crockpot in a sweet and savory barbecue sauce. A super easy slow cooker appetizer that takes just minutes to put together and always gets rave reviews.
This mini quiche recipe is bite sized pastries filled with eggs, cheese, meat and vegetables. An elegant appetizer or brunch option that can be customized in so many different ways to suit your tastes.
This pesto dip is a blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, basil pesto and seasonings that are combined to create a rich and creamy dip in just minutes. The easiest last minute appetizer option that pairs well with bread, veggies or can even be used on a sandwich or as a salad dressing.
Pigs in a blanket is a classic party snack made with cocktail wieners wrapped in crescent dough, which are baked to golden brown perfection. An easy appetizer option that can be doubled or tripled to serve a crowd.
This recipe for potato skins is Russet potato halves topped with cheese and bacon, then baked to crispy perfection and finished with sour cream and green onions. A classic appetizer that's easy to make and always a crowd pleaser!
This prosciutto wrapped asparagus is fresh asparagus stalks flavored with savory prosciutto, then broiled to crispy perfection. A 4 ingredient appetizer or side dish that's easy, yet elegant and always gets rave reviews.
This light and fluffy pumpkin dip is made with pumpkin puree, warm spices, cream cheese and whipped topping. It’s the perfect dessert or appetizer for any fall gathering and takes just 5 minutes to make.
These sausage stuffed mushrooms are mushroom caps filled with Italian sausage, herbs and three kinds of cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. An easy and elegant party snack that can be assembled ahead of time!
This Thanksgiving charcuterie board is a display of meats, cheeses, nuts, crackers, fall fruit and seasonal treats. A super easy yet impressive appetizer offering that is sure to be a hit at your Thanksgiving gathering.
This homemade veggie tray is an assortment of colorful vegetables paired with a variety of flavorful dips. A crudite platter is a must-have for any party or gathering, it's always a big hit with both kids and adults alike!
Looking for the easiest party snack of them all? Make a Thanksgiving appetizer platter! You can make it as big or as small as you need, and best of all, there’s absolutely no cooking involved. Simply head to your favorite grocery store and grab some cured meats, cheese, crackers, fruit, nuts, olives and pickled items such as peppers. It’s even more fun and festive if you can find fall themed items. Arrange everything on a tray to your liking, then serve and enjoy. You can even prepare your appetizer tray up to 8 hours before you plan to serve it. Just store it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.
Surprise your friends and family with some new appetizers that will set the stage for an amazing Thanksgiving dinner! Give these snacks a try, and maybe make a little extra for yourself. I won’t tell.