65 Thanksgiving Appetizers That Will Blow Your Relatives Away
We love a traditional Thanksgiving feast. But we pretty much know what to expect every year (roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing—you know the drill). Starters, on the other hand, can be full of delicious surprises. From finger foods to dips to vegetable sides, here are 65 appetizers for Thanksgiving that will kick off your celebration with a bang.
6. Crispy Mushrooms
Simply season and roast until shatteringly crisp and brown.
9. Cheese Crostini with Cranberry Fig Jam
Sweet, tart, crunchy and creamy in every bite.
13. Bleu Cheese-Stuffed Figs
Sweet, savory and undeniably classy. (Oh, and they're ready to eat in 15 minutes.)
18. Spaghetti Squash Fritters
Hi, spicy yogurt dipping sauce. Hustle to the hors d'oeuvres table—these are bound to disappear fast.
19. Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese
Salty, tangy and sweet. Plus, toothpicked apps are a hostess's best friend.
21. Cauliflower “Tater” Tots
Don't come for us, but they're better than the original (yep, we said it).
22. Ultimate Cheese Plate with Roasted Grapes
Roasting grapes in oil and herbs will give them deep sweetness and complexity, making them the perfect pairing for salty, sharp cheese.
25. Deviled Eggs, Three Ways
You can’t go wrong with this roasted garlic, sriracha and capers trio.
27. Brussels Sprout and Apple Tart
Don't skimp on the walnut pesto—we'd argue that it's the best part.
29. Baby Bloomin’ Onions
Just like your favorite steakhouse makes them, only scaled down for minimal mess.
33. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites
Store-bought cranberry sauce and pie crust can save cocktail hour in 15 minutes flat.
34. The Best Damn Pumpkin Soup
Just scoop out the seeds, pour in chicken stock and seasonings, then roast the whole darn thing in the oven.
39. Cheesy Polenta Bites with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta
Tangy goat cheese and salty pancetta hold their own against crispy cornbread-like morsels of Parmesan polenta.
40. Brussels Sprout Sliders
These prosciutto- and mozzarella-stuffed gems are dangerously poppable, so they won't last long at the party.
41. French Onion Cups
The only way to make this Gruyère-rich soup more decadent? By wrapping it in puff pastry, of course.
42. Savory Pumpkin Dip
Complete with toasted pecans, crumbled bacon and pumpkin purée.
43. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup
Meet a soup that's pretty enough to steal the spotlight from any roast turkey.
44. Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites
We have one question: Are you dipping in yellow mustard or beer cheese?
45. Pumpkin Beer Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Choose a pumpkin beer that's loaded with fall spices and real pumpkin. The mini soft pretzels are optional (but we can't imagine why you'd skip them).
47. Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
Don't have the patience for charring sprouts? Wrapping them in bacon will give them the crunch you crave minus the smoking pan.
49. Baked Gorgonzola Bites
We like to think of this five-ingredient, half-hour app as savory monkey bread.
51. Buffalo Pecan Pimento Cheese
This is probably a new addition to your holiday feast, but it's about to become a family tradition. We like to add a few extra shakes of hot sauce to the mix, too.
52. Easy Cranberry Baked Brie Bites
They’re bite-sized, meaning you can have as many as your cheese-loving heart desires.
54. Cranberry-Brie Puff Pastry Pops
These grown-up lollies are made with frozen puff pastry, leftover cranberry sauce and Brie, so all you'll have to do is assemble and bake them.
55. Avocado Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are always a crowd-pleaser, so why not dress them up for the party? Avocado and chives add a little something that will have everyone coming back for seconds.
56. Hasselback Butternut Squash
Apply the Swedes' method for cooking potatoes to this autumn gourd and let your guests shower you with compliments.
60. Jammy Upside-Down Onion Tart
As stunning as it is delicious. Think caramelized brown sugar-herb onions atop a bed of store-bought puff pastry.
61. Five-Minute Bean Salad
For when your guests are arriving in ten and you forgot to make an appetizer. (You can thank us later.)
63. Apple, Grape and Pecan Pasta Salad
All tossed in a lemony Dijon dressing. Bonus points for candying the pecans in brown sugar and maple syrup.
64. Caesar Pasta Salad
Traditional Caesar dressing uses eggs to achieve a creamy consistency. But this version calls on buttery, omega-rich avocado instead.
65. Vegan Miso Caramel Dip with Pretzels and Granny Smith Apples
You're an adult now—you can have a little something sweet before dinner if you want to. (And there's nothing Mom can do about it.)
Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough
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