With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we're already planning our menus and getting ready to wear our stretchiest pants! A little tip we've learned over the years is to have some bite-sized goodies on hand as well as the full spread. It's great for when people first arrive and may want to grab something small to hold them over until dinner. That's why we've found some awesome ideas for bite-sized appetizers. They're so good you may just skip the turkey! But probably not. Check them out and get cookin' now:
1. Mini BLT CupsThe Endless Meal
These mini BLT cups are delicious, healthy and downright adorable. Who wouldn't want to walk into a home hosting a Thanksgiving dinner only to be greeted by these one-hit-wonder bites? The Endless Meal's mini BLT cups seem like a total crowd-pleaser. Even better — they're relatively painless to put together. In fact, we think the only complication here will be how quickly our guests will toss them back, and how quickly they'll beg us to make a second batch!
2. Oscar Tomato TartsGrandbaby Cakes
You can't have a list of bite-sized goodies without including a good, old-fashioned, bite-sized tart. Something about buttery crust plays well with small proportions (okay, any proportions), and we think there's almost no better flavor than a savory, roasted tomato matched with this crust. Grandbaby Cakes' Oscar Tomato Tarts may have been conceived as an awards night treat, but we think a platter at Thanksgiving will earn us a gold star for the afternoon.
3. Sweet Potato Casserole BitesDine and Dish
Aside from turkey and pumpkin pie, the other Thanksgiving staple in our house is sweet potato dotted with heavenly marshmallows! Sometimes, though, it's fun to shake up the recipes without totally losing your favorite flavor profiles. That's why we were so excited to spot this recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole Bites from Dine and Dish: it's got all of our favorite components of a sweet potato dish (marshmallow, brown sugar... you know, health foods) with a fun, bite-sized spin!
4. Cranberry Brie Mini TartsFox and Briar
We're back with the mini tarts again! Savory and sweet are two of the best flavor profiles to play off of each other — even more so at a Thanksgiving spread. In this recipe from Fox and Briar, creamy brie pairs perfectly with a tart, just-a-hint-of-sweet cranberry to create an addictive, finger-licking mini tart. You can serve these at any point of the meal — as an appetizer, as a side during the main, or even as a slightly savory dessert. We promise they'll be popular anytime!
5. Cinnamon Apple Mini PiesTwo Sisters Crafting
We couldn't leave out a mini Thanksgiving dessert, could we? Who says one of your appetizers can't be sweet? Perhaps the first item on our "to-make" list this Thanksgiving are these cinnamon apple mini pies from Two Sisters Crafting. It's a classic — apple pie, our favorite — made almost dangerously edible. How many mini pies consumed in a post-turkey haze are too many? And with the extra addition of the crust "leaves" on top, they may be the most adorable Thanksgiving dessert we've ever seen.