These Thanksgiving appetizers are a perfect way to kickstart the big day while waiting for the main course! There are a ton of different options, so you are bound to find some recipes that your whole family will love! They'll definitely hold everyone over until it's time for turkey!
Best Thanksgiving Appetizers
Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with your family and catching up! The perfect time to do this is while enjoying some appetizers before the turkey is ready.
- Best Thanksgiving Appetizers
- 1. Cheese Croquettes
- 2. Pickle Roll-Ups
- 3. Antipasto Platter
- 4. Sour Cream Chip Dip
- 5. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- 6. Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
- 7. Hummus
- 8. Ranch Cheese Ball
- 9. Pinwheel Sandwiches
- 10. Crockpot BBQ Meatballs
- 11. Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 12. Cheese Platter
- 13. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
- 14. Risotto Balls
- 15. Crab Stuffed Shrimp
- 16. Cheddar Swiss Cheese Fondue
- 17. Calamari
- 18. Crab Rangoons
- 19. Charcuterie Board
- 20. French Onion Dip
- 21. Bisquick Sausage Balls
- 22. Deviled Eggs
- 23. Breaded Stuffed Scallops
- 24. Olive Dip
- 25. Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls
- 💭 Tips For Choosing Thanksgiving Appetizers
- 📖 Recipe Card
- Best Thanksgiving Appetizers: Cheese Croquettes (+25 More Recipes To Serve With Holiday Meals!)
- 💬 Reviews
Whether you're a pro at hosting Thanksgiving dinner and holiday parties or giving it a try for the first time this year, you're sure to find my ultimate guide to planning Thanksgiving a help! Don't forget to safely thaw your holiday turkey early, too!
1. Cheese Croquettes
These irresistible croquettes combine mashed potatoes with fontina cheese. The mixture is coated in breading and then fried until golden.
2. Pickle Roll-Ups
This 3-ingredient appetizer is a snap to make! It's perfect for when you want something for everyone to snack on but are too busy to put in a ton of effort.
There's no cooking required! Serve with cocktail toothpicks for easy snacking!
3. Antipasto Platter
Whether you are hosting a formal Thanksgiving or one that's more casual, everyone can enjoy an antipasto platter! It is customized with your preferred meats, cheeses, and snacks, which will perfectly suit your needs.
4. Sour Cream Chip Dip
Everyone loves dip, and Thanksgiving is perfect for setting some out! Plus, it is ridiculously easy to make, so you won't have to spend a ton of time on it!
5. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
The combination of salty bacon and fresh asparagus makes this dish a real winner. Even if you aren't a fan of asparagus, the addition of bacon may change your mind!
6. Cream Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
A mixture of cream cheese, seasonings, and Parmesan cheese is stuffed into cremini mushrooms and baked to perfection. You may want to double the batch because everyone will gobble these up!
Hummus is a classic dip that pairs perfectly with crackers, veggies, chips, bread, and more! Not to mention, there are a ton of different flavor variations you can try out!
8. Ranch Cheese Ball
This impressive ball of cheese features cheddar, cream cheese, ranch seasoning, and bacon! While it is delicious, it is also pretty impressive to look at.
9. Pinwheel Sandwiches
Pinwheel sandwiches are an incredibly versatile appetizer. You can easily customize them with any of your favorite fillings, or make a variety!
10. Crockpot BBQ Meatballs
These tangy and sweet meatballs are pretty effortless and hands-off. Serve them with toothpicks for a simple appetizer that people can snack on while they mingle!
Some crockpot grape jelly meatballs would be another great choice!
11. Spinach Artichoke Dip
Spinach artichoke dip may be one of the most popular chip dips out there! If you want to take it up a notch, try my lobster artichoke dip!
12. Cheese Platter
A spread of cheeses, dips, and accompaniments is delicious and visually impressive.
13. Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
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14. Risotto Balls
Everything you love about classic risotto, but in easy-to-serve fried balls.
15. Crab Stuffed Shrimp
Combining two different popular seafood options into one amazing appetizer is always a hit!
16. Cheddar Swiss Cheese Fondue
Enjoy some melted, savory fondue for dipping bread, vegetables, and more!
Crispy rings of fried squid are always a crowd favorite, no matter the occasion!
18. Crab Rangoons
A classic Chinese recipe that makes a perfect finger food. Try out my shrimp rangoons, too!
19. Charcuterie Board
Customize your board with your guest's favorite snacks!
20. French Onion Dip
Creamy homemade French onion dip tastes so much better than the store-bought version.
21. Bisquick Sausage Balls
Using Bisquick baking mix makes these sausage balls extra simple to prepare!
22. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a classic Thanksgiving appetizer that can't be missed!
23. Breaded Stuffed Scallops
If your guests love seafood, these stuffed scallops are going to be a new favorite!
24. Olive Dip
A savory olive dip that pairs amazingly with buttery crackers.
25. Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls
A 20-minute appetizer that only needs four ingredients to make!
💭 Tips For Choosing Thanksgiving Appetizers
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing what you want to put on your Thanksgiving appetizer menu.
- Consider Dietary Restrictions: Be mindful of any dietary restrictions or allergies your guests may have.
- Balance Flavors and Textures: Aim for a diverse range of flavors and textures. Include options that are crunchy, creamy, savory, and sweet.
- Prep in Advance: Choose appetizers that can be prepared ahead of time or require minimal last-minute assembly.
- Finger-Friendly Options: Consider easy-to-eat finger foods that guests can enjoy while mingling.
- Portion Control: Keep portion sizes in mind. Appetizers should be small enough to leave room for the main meal.
- Sauce and Dip Selection: Offer a variety of sauces and dips to accompany your appetizers.
- Include Familiar Favorites: While it's fun to experiment with new recipes, don't forget to include a few familiar favorites that are sure to be crowd-pleasers.
These Thanksgiving appetizers are guaranteed to be a hit! Let me know which ones you are going to make this year!
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Best Thanksgiving Appetizers: Cheese Croquettes (+25 More Recipes To Serve With Holiday Meals!)
Cheese Croquette Filling
Combine & Shape Croquettes
- Remove the rind off of 8 oz fontina cheese and cut it into thin strips about 1 inch long. Set aside.
- Add 2 ½ cups mashed potatoes, 1 large egg, 1 cup Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon parsley, ¼ teaspoon each, salt & pepperand ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg to a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Grab a small handful of the potato mixture and flatten it into a pancake. Put a thin slice of fontina cheese in the center, then mold the potato pancake into an oval shape around the cheese. Set it aside and repeat with all of the remaining potato mixture.½ cup all-purpose flour, 5 large eggs, 2 cup breadcrumbs
- Set up a dredging station by placing 3 shallow dishes side-by-side. Add ½ cup all-purpose flour to the first dish, 5 large eggs beaten in the second dish, and 2 cup breadcrumbs in the third dish.1 large egg, 1 tablespoon parsley, ¼ teaspoon each, salt & pepper
- One by one, coat the balls of potato in flour, followed by the eggs (letting the excess drip off), and then the breadcrumbs. Repeat this process a second time with each croquette to get a thick coating.
- Put your prepared croquettes on a baking sheet and pop them in the fridge to chill for 1 hour before frying.
Fry or Bake The Potato Croquettes
- Heat a large frying pan filled with a good amount of frying oil to medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add 2-3 cheese croquettes (or more, as long as you don't overcrowd the pan). Use tongs to turn each croquette until golden brown on all sides, then transfer them to a wire cooling rack with a paper towel underneath. Repeat with remaining croquettes.frying oil
- Once you have fried all of the croquettes, they can be served immediately.
- Chives would make an excellent addition to these cheese croquettes!
- Traditionally, croquettes are oval-shaped, cylindrical, or disc-shaped rather than round.
- Use neutral-tasting oil with a high smoke point for frying, like peanut, vegetable, canola, safflower oil, or beef tallow.
- Preheat your oven to 250°F (121°C/Gas Mark ½) to keep the first batch of croquettes warm while you fry the remaining batches.
- To bake your cheese croquettes, cook at 400°F (205°C/Gas Mark 6) for 20 minutes.
- To store: Place cooled croquettes in a Ziploc bag or airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days.
- To freeze: Store in a heavy-duty Ziploc freezer bag to freeze for up to 3 months,
- To reheat: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C/Gas Mark 4) and put your croquettes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!