30 Crowd-Pleasing Appetizers for Thanksgiving

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Crab Rangoon Dip

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Are you hosting guests for Thanksgiving? Keep their hunger at bay as you put the finishing touches on the holiday meal, with these crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving appetizer recipes.

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    Mexican Ceviche-Style Shrimp Cocktail

    Mexican Ceviche-Style Shrimp Cocktail

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    Master chef Rick Bayless inspired this Mexican-style shrimp cocktail recipe that is similar to ceviche. Lightly poached, juicy little shrimp are infused with the flavor of fresh lime and served with a zingy, tangy cocktail sauce.

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    Devils on Horseback

    Devils on Horseback

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    Bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed dates deliver a fantastic combination of sweet and savory flavors that has made "devils on horseback" a classic party appetizer for decades. For easy serving, prep this appetizer ahead of time, for last-minute broiling when guests arrive.

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    Classic Cheese Straws

    Classic Cheese Straws

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    You only need a handful of ingredients, and about half an hour, to bake up a big batch of delicious cheese straws for dipping and munching. Add more or less cayenne pepper, to suit your spice preference.

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    Crab Rangoon Dip

    Crab Rangoon Dip

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    Sweet, salty, creamy crab rangoon dip has all the favorite flavors of the popular Chinese-American appetizer, transformed into a party dip! Follow the instructions here for making this decadent dip, plus fried wonton pieces for scooping up all the deliciousness.

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    Easy Baked Brie

    Easy Baked Brie

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    Baked brie is a classic party starter that is always welcome at holiday time. It is so easy to prepare, and makes an elegant impression on a platter, with gently melting brie cheese, fruit preserves, toasted walnuts, and of course mini toasts or crackers for spreading.

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    Cheesy Potato Croquettes

    Cheesy Potato Croquettes

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    Cheesy potato croquettes are a grown-up version of tater tots, with a similar, satisfyingly crunchy exterior, and warm potato filling inside. Cheese is added to the mashed potato stuffing here, for a yummy, extra layer of flavor.

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    Cranberry Brie Bites

    Cranberry Brie Bites

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    Get your guests excited for the turkey and cranberry sauce to come, with these cute cranberry and brie appetizers that are easily made in muffin tins. They are flaky, sweet, and creamy, with melting brie cheese, tangy cranberry sauce, walnuts, and honey, nestled in golden puff pastry cups.

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    Basil Walnut Spread

    Basil Walnut Spread

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    In just a few minutes, you can use this recipe to create a gorgeous spread for crackers and toasted baguette slices. Basil walnut spread makes the most of a few, simple ingredients, with a wonderful, tangy flavor and richness from cream cheese.

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    Fig Crostini

    Fig Crostini

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    Delight your guests with these fancy, fruity toasts that are so easy to assemble. The luscious flavor of chopped, fresh figs is elevated by a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil, plus optional blue cheese or goat cheese crumbles.

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    Spanakopita Bites

    Spanakopita Bites

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    Treat Thanksgiving guests to a taste of the Greek islands, with these scrumptious spinach, feta cheese, and phyllo dough bites. They are simple to prepare using prepared phyllo pastry shells, and look cute on your appetizer table.

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    Stuffed Mushrooms With Clams

    Stuffed Mushrooms with Clams

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    Stuffed mushrooms are a classic party appetizer, and this creative recipe boosts their flavor, by filling broiled mushroom caps with a delectable mixture of minced canned clams, butter, garlic, parsley, and breadcrumbs.

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    Chex Party Mix in the Crock Pot

    Chex Party Snack Mix

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    Meet the easiest party appetizer ever! The ever-popular Chex party mix is a snap to prepare in the crock pot, with all the great, toasty taste of traditional oven-baked mixtures. Every handful is different, and delicious, with nicely-spiced buttery Chex cereal, pretzels, cheese crackers, and peanuts.

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    jalapeño Poppers

    Jalapeno Poppers

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    Make restaurant-style jalapeño poppers at home with this easy appetizer recipe. Simply hollow out the little peppers, stuff with a flavorful, seasoned cream cheese filling, roll in breading, and deep-fry until golden brown.

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    Festive Party Cheese Ball With Pecans

    Festive Party Cheese Ball with Pecans

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    Sweet dreams are made of cheese! Guests will enjoy digging into this retro-inspired party cheese ball, with cream cheese, cheddar, and a fabulous, tangy flavor from Worcestershire sauce, all rolled in crunchy chopped nuts. Serve with crackers for spreading.

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    White Bean Hummus

    White Bean Hummus Dip

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    Canned white cannelini beans are used instead of chickpeas in this Middle Eastern-style recipe, for a tasty, mild-flavored hummus, that gets a lovely lift from fresh lemon juice. Dress the top with a drizzle of olive oil, and a sprinkle of cumin or paprika, for a pretty presentation. Serve with crackers or pita triangles.

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    Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

    Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

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    Cranberry cocktail meatballs are crowd-pleasing appetizers that are perfect for enjoying at Thanksgiving. Made with ground beef or pork, with or without added pineapple chunks, they make a tasty starter. Serve with toothpicks for spearing.

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    Smoked Salmon Crostini

    Smoked Salmon Crostini

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    With only a few ingredients, you can assemble an appealing appetizer with this easy recipe. Bright, salty smoked salmon nestles atop creamy ricotta cheese, zesty lemon juice, and fresh-snipped herbs, on crusty baguette slices.

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    Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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    Serve up a big bowl of warm, creamy, cheesy spinach and artichoke dip with crackers, to keep Thanksgiving guests happy until the meal is served. Make it on the stove or in your crock pot, for an easy appetizer that always pleases.

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    Asparagus Gruyere Tart

    Asparagus Gruyere Tart

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    Make a statement this Thanksgiving with this beautiful asparagus and gruyere tart that can be cut into squares for serving as an elegant appetizer. It is simple to make with store-bought, frozen puff pastry and just a few other ingredients, but guests can be forgiven for thinking you slaved over it all afternoon.

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    Chipotle Pumpkin Queso Dip

    Chipotle pumpkin queso dip recipe

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    Velvety, smoky, cheesy chipotle pumpkin queso dip is a fabulous fall appetizer for serving at autumn holiday gatherings. Only four ingredients are needed to make this tasty, Mexican-inspired recipe. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping.

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    Moroccan Olives With Harissa

    Moroccan Olives with Harissa

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    Elevate the same-old cocktail olives with the addition of harissa, a North African chili paste that packs a punch of heat and flavor. It makes a nice complement to a dish of salty, briny, olives, preserved lemon, parsley, and olive oil.

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    Cheddar Bacon Puffs

    Cheddar Bacon Puffs

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    Cheddar and bacon puffs pack a wallop of flavor into airy little bundles, and use simple pantry ingredients. The dough begins on your stovetop, and comes together in a stand mixer, before baking up in the oven. This recipe freezes well, stored in airtight freezer bags, for reheating later.

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    Easy Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

    Easy Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

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    Savory bacon and sweet, briny scallops are a flavor match made in heaven. Warmed bacon is wrapped around luscious sea scallops to create delicious appetizers that cook in minutes using your oven's broiler, to create these elegant appetizer bites.

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    Dilly Deviled Eggs

    Dilly Deviled Eggs

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    Tasty deviled eggs can be made ahead on the holiday morning, for a fuss-free Thanksgiving appetizer. These have a tasty, tangy filling, including dill pickle, dried dill, and dill pickle juice, along with egg yolks, mayonnaise, and a hint of mustard.

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    Gluten-Free Crab Cakes

    Gluten-Free Crab Cakes

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    Delicious, pan-fried crab cakes make an elegant appetizer for holiday gatherings. Try this gluten-free version which replaces the usual breading with crushed gluten-free crackers, for a crunchy crust without wheat. Use lump crab meat, if available, for this recipe.

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    Grilled Apple and Brie Flatbread

    Grilled Apple and Brie Flatbread

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    Apples and brie go together wonderfully, especially when served warm, as in this recipe, which uses them to dress up simply grilled flatbread. A little honey, thyme, and chopped walnuts are added on top, for extra flavor and crunch.

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    Caramelized Candied Peanuts

    Caramelized Candied Peanuts

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    Sweet, crunchy, sugar-coated caramelized candied peanuts give guests a nice break from savory appetizers. They are quick and easy to make, with just a few ingredients, and make a great party nosh to enjoy with pre-dinner drinks.

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    Baked Thai Coconut Shrimp

    Baked Thai Coconut Shrimp

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    Make restaurant-style Thai coconut shrimp at home, with this quick and easy recipe. Baking the breaded shrimp in the oven, instead of deep-frying, means fewer calories and less fat, with all the great flavor you crave. Serve with store-bought Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping.

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    Three-Cheese Caramelized Onion Tart

    Three-Cheese Caramelized Onion Tart

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    Prepared puff pastry makes this impressive-looking tart with caramelized red onions and three kinds of cheese quite easy to prepare. Tweak the flavor as you like, by varying the cheeses and herbs to suit the tastes of guests.

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    Sausage Roll Appetizers

    Sausage Roll Appetizers

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    Puff pastry bites stuffed with seasoned sausage meat make a satisfying appetizer to keep guests' hunger at bay before the Thanksgiving meal. You can make these tasty bites ahead and freeze them, for easy reheating at holiday events.