Dream kitchens are created for holiday hosting. Whether you’re serving a formal sit-down dinner at the dining room table or a casual buffet on your kitchen island, a good host always starts the evening with a few appetizers. The goal is to whet the appetites of your guests without spoiling it. Here are few of our favorite Thanksgiving appetizers to serve before the main course. Light and delicious, these festive party starters will surely leave them wanting more.
Sweet Potato Bites
We found this sweet recipe at Delish, and we can’t think of a better (or sweeter) way to start your Thanksgiving feast. A deconstructed, bite-sized version of the sweet potato casserole, this appetizer consists of sweet potatoes sliced into thick rounds and drizzled with melted butter, maple syrup, and a sprinkling of salt. Topped with one toasty marshmallow and a single pecan, these little morsels are too cute not to love. For the full recipe from Delish, click here.
Cheese Ball Bites
Another bite-sized version of a holiday staple, these mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites will be your new dinner party favorite. For this easy to follow recipe from I Am Baker, click here. Fun to make and fun to eat, this poppable appetizer is packed with the savory flavors of cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and ranch seasoning, rolled with crispy bacon, fresh chives and chopped pecans. Serve with crackers or add a pretzel stick as an edible serving tool.
Chips and dip are a must on any appetizer menu. Salsa is a light and healthy choice when compared to heavy, creamy dips like spinach, crab, or asiago cheese. For Thanksgiving, give your homemade salsa a festive twist by swapping out whole cranberries and orange zest for tomatoes. Sweet and spicy, you’ll also need sugar, fresh cilantro and chopped jalapeno peppers. For the complete recipe from Taste of Home, click here.
Butternut Squash Tartlets
If you have a mini muffin tin and a food processor in your kitchen cabinets, you can make these adorable homemade tartlets that feature an autumn favorite — butternut squash. Topped with crumbled Feta cheese and finely chopped parsley, this appetizer looks impressive but is actually quite easy to make. For the recipe and step-by-step instructions from Good Housekeeping, click here.
Roasted nuts are also a great way to get the holiday dinner party started. Click here for Roasted Nut Recipes For Fall And Winter Snacking from our recent blog, and keep a few bowls on your kitchen island or home bar for holiday guests to enjoy. Happy hosting!
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