Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

Pull out all the stops and tempt your Thanksgiving guests with these fun-but-classic appetizers like our turkey cheese ball, pear tartlets and stuffed mushrooms.

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Roasted Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Crostini

If you're looking for a delicious appetizer that is sure to impress your guests, look no further! This crostini is packed with flavor. Takes a bit of prep, but it's so worth it! Top with additional pinches of goat cheese, if you like.

Tarragon and Spice Deviled Eggs

Rating: 3.67 stars
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No holiday meal is complete without deviled eggs. These are a great twist on the classic.

Pine Cone Cheese Ball

Rating: 4.73 stars
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Any cheese ball is a welcome addition to a holiday party spread, but when you bring one that looks like a pine cone, you're talking about a real showstopper.

Bacon Rosemary Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Delectable stuffed mushrooms are a sure crowd pleaser, especially when stuffed with rosemary, bacon, and cheese!

Crostini with Pear, Parmesan, and Caramelized Shallots

Rating: 4.33 stars
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Yummy crostini recipe created by my friend with some additional tweaks added by me. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Guacamole

Rating: 4.45 stars
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Pomegranates add a great twist to guacamole! Serve with tortilla chips!

Mini Cheeseball Pumpkins with Caramelized Garlic

Rating: 4.2 stars
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These look great on any Thanksgiving or Halloween table! Very fancy looking, but so easy to make. (Prep time includes chill time.)

Cranberry Salsa

Rating: 4.71 stars
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Tangy and sweet with a bit of a bite. Quick and easy, and always requested at gatherings.

Pickled Shrimp

Rating: 5 stars
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If you didn't grow up in a coastal town in the South, you might never have eaten pickled shrimp with your Thanksgiving dinner. But since you can use frozen shrimp in this recipe, it might be time to try. Briny and a bit spicy, this pickled shrimp is full of flavor. You can make this dish the day before the feast for a faint pickle taste or leave them in the refrigerator for a week before, which means you'll bring something with huge personality to the table. Either way, this might become a tradition for your family. Good for a week.

Grandma's Stuffed Celery

Rating: 4.51 stars
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My grandma always made stuffed celery at Thanksgiving and Christmas. As kids, we were always so hungry before the holiday meal we would sneak and get a piece of celery to curb our appetite. It was nearly all gone by meal time and we always got fussed at with hint of a grin from Grandma. Now I never have holiday meals without it!

Air-Fried Olives

Rating: 5 stars
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These fried olives are salty, spicy, crunchy, and very addictive. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping if desired.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Ball

See how to turn a favorite cheese ball recipe into an almost too-cute-to-eat centerpiece.

Hot Crab Dip

Rating: 4.25 stars
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This delicious, addictive crab dip will have your family begging for more. Serve as an appetizer with onion or garlic crackers.