Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers for a Low-Stress Holiday
Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies
We’re fans of making great foods even better with bacon like we did with these smokies. A little brown sugar adds a touch of caramely goodness. Two more ingredients (plus nonstick spray) complete these Thanksgiving appetizers that can be assembled up to 24 hours in advance.
Warm and cheesy dips are a must on your roster of easy make-ahead Thanksgiving appetizers. Prosciutto, artichoke hearts, and roasted red bell peppers give this hot dip loads of flavor and color.
Make-Ahead Tip: After assembling the dip, refrigerate it up to 24 hours before baking.
Bacon and Cheese Deviled Eggs
Make-Ahead Dilled Onion Cheese Balls
This creamy make-ahead cheese spread gets rolled in parsley (or bacon, or crushed crackers, or seeds—there are so many options) for an easy Thanksgiving appetizer you can make up to 24 hours ahead. Or freeze some so you are always ready for guests.
There’s something about the combo of smoky-salty bacon and sweet, chewy dates that always impresses. Plus, Medjool dates appear in abundance in the fall, making these the perfect appetizers for a Thanksgiving dinner party. Use any leftover dates in these all-time-great Date Bars.
Cheesy Skillet Artichoke Dip
There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of recipes out there for hot artichoke dip. What makes this one worthy of your selection of Thanksgiving dinner appetizers? How about the party-perfect presentation, bread dippers baked right on top, and the appeal of baking and serving it a cast-iron skillet?
Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard
These airy and rich cheese puffs are as popular in France as little smokies are in the U.S.A. Serve them as the French do—with a glass of sparkling wine—for a glamorous Thanksgiving appetizer.
Test Kitchen Tip: These cheese appetizers freeze beautifully, so keep a stash on hand throughout the holidays.
These irresistible Thanksgiving appetizers star one of the holiday’s best-loved ingredients—cranberries—with year-round fave, barbecue sauce. We also love the way they finish up in the slow-cooker, letting you avoid a pan jam on your stove top.
Gluten-Free Rosemary Roasted Nuts
Almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds combine in this easy Thanksgiving appetizer. Rosemary and cayenne pepper spice up the richness from butter. Store the seasoned nuts in an airtight container for up to 3 days, but watch them disappear in a matter of hours (possibly minutes).
Creamy Stuffed Peppers
Sometimes, there just isn’t enough room in the oven to bake or reheat Thanksgiving appetizers. When that’s the case, try these no-cook cream cheese-stuffed bites.
Test Kitchen Tip: Your guests will appreciate having an option of both sweet and jalapeño peppers. Some like it hot. Some don’t.
Crunchy Ranch Party Mix
Slow cooker fans love using their favorite appliance for anything and everything—even appetizers for a Thanksgiving dinner party. Although we have lots of great recipes for snack mixes in our files, dry ranch dressing mix gives this one an extra flavor angle. You’ll also appreciate the long head start: You can make it up to 3 months in advance.
Barbecue Spice Roasted Chickpeas
Root Veggie Chips with Sea Salt
Because you know you'll be eating cheesy potato casserole and your aunt's famous stuffing at dinner, it’s a good idea to keep a few of your Thanksgiving appetizers on the light side. These DIY root chips are crispy and low cal, and they highlight some of the season's favorite veggies.
Herb- and Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms
Sure, classic stuffed mushrooms are great, but for the holidays, we’re leaning toward this version. It combines goat cheese, fresh herbs, pine nuts, and sherry for elegance. You can assemble them up to 24 hours in advance, scoring them spot on our list of the best make-ahead Thanksgiving appetizers.
Caramelized Onion and Swiss Dip
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 Thanksgiving finger food. Garnish with snipped rosemary to serve.
Gruyere Cheese Straws
Phyllo Cheese Triangles (Spanikopita)
Your search for easy make-ahead Thanksgiving appetizers is over. These flaky layered pastries last in the freezer for an entire two months. Better yet, they're easier than they look, thanks to purchased phyllo dough.
Saucy Apricot-Spiced Meatballs
Tangy-spicy apricot sauce is the secret to these delectable make-ahead meatballs. Prep the easy Thanksgiving appetizers up to a day ahead, then warm in a slow cooker for a low-maintenance party treat.
Sweet holiday appetizers? 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.