Appetizer Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Menu
When planning a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, deciding on what appetizers to serve can be a bit of a challenge. Here we’ve chosen six make-ahead appetizer recipes to add to your menu. They feature seasonal ingredients like apples and cranberries and year-round favorites like mushrooms and cheese.
One of our personal favorites is the hot Cauliflower and Blue Cheese Dip. It serves twelve people, and we always make it a day or two in advance and bake it just before we’re ready to serve. Slices of toasted baguette or an assortment of crackers in various shapes and flavors are the perfect accompaniment and make a pretty presentation.
You can also pick up a few store-bought ingredients and dress them up a bit to suit the occasion. Here are a few ideas for you:
- Buy a couple of tubs of whipped cream cheese, stir in some fresh herbs and your favorite all-purpose seasoning and serve it with assorted crackers.
- Set out small dishes of mixed nuts along with some fresh grapes and chunks of apples and pears.
- Check your local grocer for seasonally flavored cheeses. One of our favorites that’s pretty easy to find is White Stilton with Cranberries.
Between these easy ideas and the make-ahead recipes below, you won’t need to invest much in the way of hands-on time on Thanksgiving Day, and you can breathe a little easier while you finish up with dinner.