Our Best Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes
Thanksgiving appetizers get the meal off to a delicious start. We've dug deep into our treasure trove of appetizer recipes. And these top-rated snacks and apps are the best of the best, including seasonal sensations like stuffed mushrooms and cranberry meatballs, plus Thanksgiving-friendly dips, cheesy puffs, and assorted bite-size delights.
Feta Cheese Foldovers
These golden puffed pastries are filled with a simple feta cheese mixture. "I made these for Thanksgiving and my family requested more for Christmas dinner," says SHARARW. Very, very easy. Plus, I assembled them the day before and baked them when everyone arrived. Tasty, elegant and EASY!"
Stuffed Mushrooms IV
A savory ground beef and bread-crumb mixture is seasoned with garlic and chili powder and baked inside buttered button mushroom caps. "An 18th Century recipe that I have altered slightly," says Jennifer. "Better make a double batch because these go fast. Sausage can be substituted for ground beef if you'd like."
Savory Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin puree puts a colorful and delicious twist on traditional hummus. Serve with cut veggies and pita bread! "I think I like my results. I stirred in a small handful of tamari-flavored pumpkin seeds just before serving and sprinkled a bit of paprika on top to make it look nice," says Georgia J. Llewellyn.
Cape Cod Cocktail Meatballs
Sweet and tangy cocktail meatballs are baked in a fruity and colorful cranberry-sauce glaze in this recipe that originated on Cape Cod. "These cocktail meatballs are perfect for any party where you want to impress," says Robin Myshrall Ulery. "They are the first appetizer to go, and everyone wants the recipe. The recipe originated in Cape Cod (cranberry country)."
Baked Crab and Artichoke Dip
Here's a creamy crab and artichoke dip that's baked in a bread bowl. Cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise mix it up with Cheddar, herbs, and seasonings. The best part of baking this dip in a bread bowl? You can eat the bowl! The second best part? No serving dish to clean! Serve it hot with crackers.
Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms
Here's a restaurant-worthy appetizer stuffed with cream cheese, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and just a touch of heat. "These delicious mushrooms taste just like restaurant-style stuffed mushrooms," says Angie Gorkoff.
This sweet-tangy cranberry salsa gets a little fire from jalapeno pepper. "I spread cream cheese on a platter and spread the salsa over the top of the cream cheese with whole cranberries for garnish," says CarolynWG, "a great balance of flavors and pretty, too. This will be a regular for future holidays."
Cranberry Brie Bites
"Tangy cranberry, creamy Brie, and crunchy walnuts come together in a buttery shell for an appetizer that will wow your guests," says Julie Hubert. "Bonus: These can be made up to three days ahead; wrap them in plastic wrap before the baking step and store in the refrigerator. Serve warm or at room temperature."
Cheese Ball III
Cheddar cheese, olives, onion, and a twist of lemon make this cheese ball an all-time favorite. "This cheese ball is one our family has had and used for 20 years," says Cindy Carnes. "We love it. It's simple, and most of the ingredients are kept on hand. Roll it in nuts or parsley, if desired. Serve with an assortment of crackers."
Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries & Walnuts
Chef John's version of baked brie is wrapped in puff pastry dough, chilled, and then baked until the pastry is perfectly browned and the brie is warm and melty. Let it come to room temperature first so all the flavors can be fully realized. "Was a big hit at our family's Thanksgiving gathering," says tharrisa."
Best Spinach Dip Ever
No matter how many creamy veggies you serve at Thanksgiving, you can always make room for this sour cream- and mayo-based dip. "I made this for Thanksgiving, and my mom called and asked me to bring it for Christmas," Korenna Colquitt says.
Sugar Coated Pecans
Classic Savory Deviled Eggs
You can't go wrong with a classic, especially one that's best made in advance. "I made these for Thanksgiving," Holiday Baker says. "The dill taste and garlic powder were a little stronger than I cared for when I first made them. However, the next day they tasted very good for some reason."
Sweet Potato Rolls
We can't think of a better holiday to serve these festive, fall-flavored rolls. "We loved these rolls and will make them every Thanksgiving from now on. My one year old could not get enough. Very moist and great flavor," says reviewer ATHENE, who added an extra 1/2 cup of pureed sweet potato.
Pine Cone Cheese Ball
This festive appetizer tastes as good as it looks! "Savory yet tangy and a different twist on the traditional Cheddar-based cheese ball," Roxanne Ingold Thomas says. "Everyone really liked the taste of the cream cheese and goat cheese blend."