20 Light Thanksgiving Appetizers To Munch On Before The Main Event

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Prosciutto Poppers
Photo: Kim's Cooking Now

You cannot — we repeat, cannot — fill up on appetizers before a Thanksgiving feast. Sorry. We don't make the rules. You can, however, snack on light appetizers in the meantime. These 20 recipes will hold you over till turkey time comes.

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Cranberry Salsa

Cranberry Salsa
platium bride

"Tangy and sweet with a bit of a bite. Quick and easy, and always requested at gatherings," writes recipe creator Shan559.

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Tarragon and Spice Deviled Eggs

"Layering the minced green onion and chopped tarragon into the egg white shell really gives you a pop of flavor, particularly the tarragon, that I don't think you'd have if you just mixed them into the yolk filling. There's a good balance of spiciness from the horseradish and sweetness from the pickle juice." - lutzflcat

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Roasted Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Crostini

Fresh sage, pumpkin, and leek bring savory, seasonal flavor to bite-sized slices of crostini.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Prosciutto Poppers

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Prosciutto Poppers
Kim's Cooking Now

Sneak more veggies into your Thanksgiving feast with in-season Brussels sprouts, layered between slices of salty prosciutto.

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Pepper Vodka Cherry Tomatoes

Reviewers write that habanero- or jalapeño-infused vodka adds a delicious kick to this simple appetizer.

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Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

Sweet Salty Spicy Party Nuts
Photo by Marianne.

"These are very, very good and simple to put together. I get asked for the recipe every time I bring them to a gathering," Emily M. says.

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Sweet Potato Hummus

"A nice change from traditional hummus. The potato gave it a nice creamy texture and a light sweet taste, and the seasoning was mild." - ScubaT

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Easy Endive, Cranberry, Walnut Appetizers

"I followed the recipe as is and my guests we're just raving about it. Simple and yet delicious, I will be doing this again and again," Emelyn Almonte says.

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Carrot Chips

Cut carrots into thin slices for crunchy, salty-sweet chips.

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Spicy Cranberry Salsa

"This salsa was the perfect mixture of spicy and sweet. I recommend making it for a Thanksgiving app," Kristen Massee says.

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Kicked Up Olives

"Wow, to say we loved these olives is an understatement! They have layer upon layer of interesting flavors, the most unique one being the tangerine," writes lutzflcat.

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Balsamic Mushrooms

"These mushrooms are equally delicious hot or cold, so you can prepare them the night before your party or moments before!" - CHRISTYJ

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Tasty Toothpick Appetizers

Tasty Toothpick Appetizers
Carrie Dave Sedlik

Reviewers rave that the unexpected combination of maraschino cherries, green olives, kielbasa, and cubed cheese tastes delicious.

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Apple Chips

"These yummy cinnamon apple chips will disappear almost as quickly as you make them," recipe creator walkerkr says. "The secret is baking at a very low temperature for a long time, which dehydrates the apples."

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Moroccan Carrot Dip

"Love the perfect combination of texture and flavors," Kathryn Savaria says of this sweet and spicy dip. "I added a bit more cayenne pepper to zip it up. Also excellent with an assortment of vegetables to dip with."

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Beet Salad on a Stick

Beet Salad on a Stick on a white plate

Sweet roasted beets complement tangy, walnut-topped goat cheese.

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Savory Pumpkin Hummus

Savory Pumpkin Hummus in a glass bowl

"I was skeptical, wondering how pumpkin in hummus could possibly be any better than my standard homemade hummus. It is fantastic! The addition of pumpkin, paprika and cayenne turned out to be surprisingly delicious," Jennifer Korpak Bechtel says.

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Festive Olive and Cheese Appetizer

"This easy-to-assemble appetizer platter makes for a beautiful display, and the rosemary smells amazing!" - Jones

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Clean Orange-Fennel Salad

"A light, refreshing raw salad with oranges, onions, and fennel bulb full of vitamins, which makes a great appetizer." - Ingrid

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Pear and Prosciutto Bruschetta

Diced pear lightens up rich blue cheese and salty prosciutto.

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