Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

Overwhelmed with Thanksgiving dinner preparations? Get a head start by making delicious and easy appetizer recipes now. By doing a little cooking ahead of time, you can avoid the hassle on Thanksgiving Day. Our make-ahead appetizers include some recipes that can be prepared up to six months ahead of the holiday -- or just the day before.

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    Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

    Take basic smokies up a notch with a slice of bacon and a light coating of brown sugar. This appetizer recipe is so easy, you can make it the day before your Thanksgiving dinner.

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    Ricotta Meatballs

    It's not a dinner party without meatballs, especially when they're simmered in a DIY wine-base marinara. Pop them in the freezer for up to a month for a guest-ready appetizer.

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    Asiago-Artichoke Dip

    Who doesn't love a creamy, cheesy dip to snack on? With prosciutto, artichoke hearts, and roasted red sweet peppers, your guests will be dreaming about this dip for days afterward. Even better, this dip can chill in the fridge for up to 24 hours before the big feast.

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    Parmesan-Stuffed Dates

    With just three ingredients -- fresh dates, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and bacon -- this recipe is a delicious and easy appetizer. Store this finger food in the freezer for up to a month, then pop in the oven before serving.

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    Barbecue Spice Roasted Chickpeas

    Every party platter needs a little crunch, and these crispy chickpeas are up for the job. A great light appetizer before the feast, these snacks will disappear quickly. Store these spicy treats at room temperature for up to a week beforehand.

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    Roasted Roots Hummus

    Let's get to the root of things: Hummus is best when made with creamy sweet potato. The golden dip gets its sass from cumin and cayenne, and it's delicious smeared on pita bread.

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    2 Secrets to Delicious Hummus

    New to making hummus? Not to worry. We've got you covered -- and in just two easy steps!

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    Mini Margherita Pizzas

    We know what your Thanksgiving feast is missing -- pizza! Bake the shell for these cute mini pizzas the day before, then simply assemble and pop in the oven on the big day.

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    Gluten Free Rosemary Roasted Nuts

    Almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds are the perfect trio for this easy appetizer, while rosemary, cayenne pepper, and butter make a delicious seasoning. Store these celebration-worthy nuts in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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    Creamy Stuffed Peppers

    Add a little spice to your Thanksgiving table with these cream cheese-stuffed jalapeno or mini sweet peppers. Let them chill in the fridge for 24 hours before the feast, then just spoon in the cream cheese mixture and serve.

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    Root Veggie Chips with Sea Salt

    Between cheesy potato casserole and your aunt's secret stuffing, it's best to start things light. These DIY root chips are crispy and low-cal, and they highlight the season's favorite veggies.

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    Herbed Breadsticks

    Cheese and crackers? Not this Thanksgiving. Impress the fam with homemade breadsticks. These little twirlies are baked with buttery rosemary goodness.

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    Best Holiday Party Mix (Ever)

    Catch up with friends and family over a handful of delicious (and addictive) party mix. You'll never guess it was made in the slow cooker!

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    Herb- and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms

    To save time, assemble these cheesy Thanksgiving appetizers the day before your meal. Topped with thyme, toasted pine nuts, and fresh chives, our stuffed-mushroom recipe is bursting with fall flavors.

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    Dill and Cheese Beer Bread

    Thanksgiving isn't just about turkeys and giving thanks. Football also plays a part, and this cheesy beer bread has game day written all over it. Let it chill in the fridge for up to three days ... before things really get heated.

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    Triple Olive Tapenade

    Three times the olive, three times the goodness. This blender-spun tapenade can be stashed in the freezer up to three months and will have you saying "olive you" in no time.

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    Cran-Sage Rolls

    These savory-sweet rolls have some of our favorite flavors of the season -- tart dried cranberries, crystallized ginger, and fresh snipped sage. Make these darling, delicious appetizers up to a day ahead of your dinner.

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    Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives

    These bite-size make-ahead appetizers are tart and flavorful with creamy centers. Assemble them up to a week in advance, then pop them into the fridge until Thanksgiving.

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    Compound Butters

    Downright delectable, this DIY butter was made for your holiday baguette. Whip up one (or all) of our five spreads: tarragon-shallot, gremolata, cilantro-lime, raspberry, or blackberry-honey.

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    Caramelized Onion and Swiss Dip

    Combine the ingredients for this easy dip recipe a day in advance, and toss them into the slow cooker 7 hours before showtime. The rich make-ahead appetizer recipe will cook itself while you work on the other dishes.

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    Honey-Rosemary Bowknots

    Here's a make-ahead appetizer recipe everyone will love. Honey and rosemary sweeten our twisty, fluffy rolls. Bake them the day before, and heat them up in the oven right before serving.

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    Blue Cheese-Apricot Bites

    Get your fix of fruit this holiday season. The distinctly sweet flavor of dried apricots complements the light Gorgonzola cheese and crunchy walnut topper in this delectable make-ahead appetizer recipe. Garnish with snipped rosemary to serve.

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    Sweet and Savory Twist Bread

    A literal twist of white and wheat breads makes for one of the prettiest, tastiest Thanksgiving appetizer ideas. Chopped raisins, pecans, and cinnamon bring a sweet and crunchy finish to this make-ahead recipe.

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    Endive Chicken Boats

    At only 80 calories per serving, this savory Asian-inspired appetizer recipe makes the perfect Thanksgiving starter. Brown sugar adds a sweet flavor that complements the hearty chicken and peanuts in the make-ahead dish. Don't have endive leaves? Use lettuce leaves instead.

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    Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

    This creamy make-ahead cheese spread gets rolled in parsley for a fresh and easy appetizer idea that you can make up to 24 hours ahead of time, or freeze and keep on hand for company. For the Italian version, stir in salami and roasted red pepper and substitute goat cheese for Fontina.

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    Saucy Apricot-Spiced Meatballs

    Tangy-spicy apricot sauce is the secret to these delectable make-ahead meatballs. Prep the easy appetizers up to a day ahead, then warm in a slow cooker for a low-maintenance party treat.

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    5 Secrets for Juicy Meatballs

    Make meatball appetizers ahead of time to simplify your dinner preparation. Here's how to make meatballs that are simple and delicious.

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    Beer and Cheese Fondue

    Dip in! Thick and satisfying beer-and-cheese fondue (featuring two kinds of cheese and two cups of beer) adds a hearty start to your affair. Mix the appetizer ahead of time, then warm it in a slow cooker before serving.

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    Spreadable Roasted Garlic

    For a delicious and easy appetizer recipe, try topping a baguette with roasted garlic. Here, we show you how simple it is to roast garlic at home.

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    Simple Stromboli

    Freeze this stuffed-bread stromboli for up to one month. The ham, mozzarella, spinach, turkey, red sweet pepper, and olive filling will be just as tasty after warming it up the day of your event.

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    Caramel Popcorn

    A sweet appetizer? Why not. Our low-calorie caramel popcorn recipe is a cinch to make in bulk, and the portable appetizer can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.

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    Great Green Bean Recipes

    Whether you're scooping up a side of green bean casserole or munching on a crisp green bean salad, green beans add classic flavor, color, and nutrients to your meal. Change up your usual green bean routine with some of our fresh green bean recipes -- you won't be disappointed!
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