10 Easy Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

by Inez M. Solorio

1. Turkey Cheese Ball

This turkey cheese ball is sure to be a big hit with all your guests, both young and old, at your Thanksgiving celebration. This adorable appetizer is a simple cheese ball, made up of a single Slim Jim, candy eyes, and candy corn for the turkey’s face. Pretzel sticks offer this cheesy turkey a full tail of feathers. Serve the turkey cheese ball in a nest of crackers.

This recipe features a homemade cheese ball consisting of cream cheese and cheddar cheese rolled in a mixture of chopped nuts. Feel free to purchase a pre-made cheese ball at your local grocer for time-saving purposes this holiday season.

2. Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray

A tray of sliced vegetables with a side of creamy ranch dip is a familiar dish on the buffet table in the dining room during holiday festivities. Put a fun Thanksgiving twist on your veggie appetizer by transforming your healthy snack into a vibrant turkey veggie tray. This light and refreshing snack will put a smile on everyone’s face!

Feel free to choose whatever vegetables you’d like to create your turkey veggie tray. But, remember that vegetables that lay flat will be the easiest to work with when creating your turkey veggie display. Experiment with various colors of bell peppers, celery sticks, mushrooms, radishes, and thinly sliced tomatoes.

3. Baked Brie And Cranberry Bites

This modern, bite-sized twist on baked brie in puff pastry with cranberry sauce will be a huge hit with your guests. Less mess, less stress. Merry cranberry bites are the perfect small-bite appetizer to kick off your holiday pregame. Creamy brie and warm homemade cranberry sauce are baked in a buttery phyllo shell until the cheese has melted and the shells are golden. Feel free to utilize pre-made cranberry sauce for added convenience.

4. Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli

Serve up some copycat Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli at your Thanksgiving celebration. Toasted ravioli is a simple holiday appetizer that is guaranteed to please even the pickiest of eaters. Coat the cheese ravioli in a delicious bread crumb seasoning, and then deep fry until golden and crispy. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and provide warm marinara sauce for dipping. We promise these tasty toasted raviolis won’t last long!

5. Classic Deviled Eggs

Classic deviled eggs are a staple dish to any holiday party. Thanksgiving deviled eggs will surely keep your guests far from the kitchen and save you from distractions. Our deviled eggs recipe calls for a traditional filling with egg yolks, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, and Dijon mustard.

For a Thanksgiving twist on this party classic, add a small dollop of cranberry sauce prior to serving – your guests will love the sweet, tart, savory flavor on this beloved appetizer.

6. Oven-Baked Potato Skins

Oven-baked potato skins are an irresistible combination of baked potato, melted cheddar cheese, and smoked Applewood bacon. This savory, restaurant-worthy appetizer not only makes for a great starter, but it also serves as an excellent vessel for leftover turkey from Thanksgiving day.

If you loved your oven-baked potato skins as a Thanksgiving pre-game, imagine how they’ll taste with leftovers. Transform your classic potato skins with a Thanksgiving-style twist. Pile turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce over a bed of mashed potatoes in a crispy potato skin.

7. Quick Cranberry Glazed Meatballs

Prepare cranberry glazed meatballs in under 20 minutes for your hungry party guests. This quick and easy appetizer consists of packaged meatballs, cranberry sauce, chili sauce, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce for a sweet and savory dish.

8. Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Wreath

The cranberry brie puff pastry wreath makes a jovial addition to any holiday cheese board spread. A buttery golden puff pastry is filled with melted brie cheese, cranberry sauce, and crunchy pistachios for an explosion of warm seasonal flavors.

9. Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini

The cranberry brie puff pastry wreath makes a jovial addition to any holiday cheese board spread. Buttery golden puff pastry is filled with melty brie cheese, cranberry sauce, and crunchy pistachios for an explosion of warm seasonal flavors.

10. Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip is a creamy, cheesy classic go-to appetizer that is perfect for any get-together. This mouthwatering dip is filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayonnaise. Bake until golden brown and the cheese is gooey and bubbly. Serve with a sliced toasted baguette, crackers, chips, or fresh veggies for dipping.

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