Thanksgiving Appetizers: How to Make Them

Staff Writer
What appetizers to make for Thanksgiving
Stuffed Mushrooms
Patti Stagich
Stuffed Mushrooms

It’s that time of year again, and Thanksgiving is upon us. Before you gather your friends and family for that traditional meal of turkey and stuffing, you’ll want to feed your guests a little something to coat their stomachs.

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There are no real traditional Thanksgiving appetizers per se, but we’ve rounded up a bunch of our favorite pre-dinner snacks that would make the perfect spread for the start of your Turkey Day meal. Stuffing-stuffed mushrooms are a great introduction to the Thanksgiving feast. They are small enough to eat in just one bite and they are filled with classic stuffing, so guests will be able to have a little teaser of what’s to come. If you have an excess of stuffing, these are sure to win your crowd over.

At my house for Thanksgiving, my mother always served her famous artichoke dip to get us started. To pay homage to my mother’s tradition, we’ve included a classic recipe for spinach and artichoke dip as a must-have appetizer. And you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love pigs in a blanket. This signature appetizer signals the start of a meal for so many occasions, and Thanksgiving is definitely one of them. We scoured high and low to find what we consider to be the perfect pigs in a blanket, and we are sharing the recipe with you so that you can enjoy them with your holiday guests.

Brie en croute, or baked Brie, is another classic meal starter. It’s simple to make (you can even buy a pre-made version if you’re tired out from cooking Thanksgiving dinner) and it’s always a hit. Additionally, it’s a nice variation on a typical cheese spread. Deviled eggs are another favorite appetizer here at The Daily Meal. And although their origin may be in the South, they are an easy-to-make, perfect starter for any Thanksgiving meal across the country. 

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