25 Turkey Day Snacks That Will Hold You Over Until Thanksgiving Dinner Slideshow

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25 Turkey Day Snacks That Will Hold You Over Until Thanksgiving Dinner

25 Turkey Day Snacks That Will Hold You Over Until Thanksgiving Dinner

Chris Middleton

So, it’s Thanksgiving Day. Your turkey is roasting in the oven, your pies are chilling in the fridge, and your mashed potatoes are boiling away on the stove. But dinner isn’t going to be until 5 o’clock, and your guests are getting hungry. What are you supposed to do? Let them starve? Absolutely not! And that’s where Turkey Day snacks come in handy.

You know, quick and easy appetizers that you can whip up in the morning or the night before, put out on the buffet, and munch on while you all wait with great anticipation for the big meal of the day. Going into Thanksgiving dinner completely and totally famished will only lead to bingeing on turkey and stuffing, which is delightful, but not necessarily the healthiest option.

To help ease the hunger on Thanksgiving, we rounded up 25 simple, seasonal, and sensational snacks.

Appetizer Cheese Ball

Appetizer Cheese Ball

Blandtec

Appetizer Cheese Ball
A cheese ball is sure to satisfy any craving you have before the turkey hits the table. This dish requires neither an oven nor a pan, making it an easy thing to whip up.

For the Appetizer Cheese Ball recipe, click here.

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Thinkstock

We always welcome bacon in our Thanksgiving dinner. Get started with this classic, easy-to-make appetizer.

Click here for the Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus recipe.

Beer Cheese Dip

Beer Cheese Dip

Melissa Sevigny

A quick and easy dip that will satisfy all of your beer-loving dinner guests this Thanksgiving. Pour some of the beer into the dip for munching and save the rest for yourself. You deserve it.

For the Beer Cheese Dip recipe, click here.

Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Stephanie Mullins

These vegetarian-friendly appetizers are crunchy and packed with tons of protein to keep your tummy satisfied until dinner hits the table.

For the Black-Eyed Pea Fritters recipe, click here.

 

Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter

Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter

Pillsbury

A standard vegetable platter gets a fun, festive, and playful makeover with this quirky recipe.

Click here for the Crescent Turkey-Shaped Veggie Platter recipe.

Crispy Cheddar Mashed Potato Puffs

Crispy Cheddar Mashed Potato Puffs

Borden Cheese

These crispy potato puffs are like a loaded baked potato in your hand. Sour cream, chives, bacon, Cheddar cheese, and smooth mashed potatoes — it’s all right there in one tasty bite.

For the Crispy Cheddar Mashed Potato Puffs recipe, click here.

Deep-Fried Citrus Slices

Deep-Fried Citrus Slices

Catherine Phipps

If you bought extra oranges and lemons for aromatics in your turkey, use the leftovers for this simple and elegant snack.

For the Deep-Fried Citrus Slices recipe, click here.

Deep-Fried Pumpkin Crisps With Honey-Spiced Macadamias

Deep-Fried Pumpkin Crisps With Honey-Spiced Macadamias

Chris Middleton

These crunchy, earthy homemade squash chips can be made up to one week in advance, making them the ultimate seasonally-appropriate and convenient Thanksgiving snack.

Click here for the Deep-Fried Pumpkin Crisps With Honey-Spiced Macadamias recipe.

Fall Cranberry Meatballs

Fall Cranberry Meatballs

Casa di Bertacchi

These wraps contain premade meatballs and tart cranberries to create a sweet and savory dish that makes for a delicious, hearty snack with almost no effort.

For the Fall Cranberry Meatballs recipe, click here.

Fig, Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza

Fig, Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza

Holly Clegg

The creaminess of the goat cheese blends well with the sweet caramelized onions and figs for a multi-textural bite that’s topped off with crispy prosciutto.

For the Fig, Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza recipe, click here.

Football Pizza

Football Pizza

Fleishmann's

Is watching football on TV your family’s favorite Thanksgiving Day tradition? Lean into it with these football-shaped pizzas.

For the Football Pizza recipe, click here.

Game Day Hoagie Dip

Game Day Hoagie Dip

Shutterstock

Keep your Thanksgiving Day tailgate theme going with this sandwich-inspired dip, featuring the savory and salty flavors of prosciutto and roasted turkey.

Click here for the Game Day Hoagie Dip recipe.

Garlic Potato Kale Cakes

Garlic Potato Kale Cakes

Courtesy of Mary Mattern

You probably bought way too many potatoes for Thanksgiving anyway, so use whatever potatoes you aren’t serving at the big dinner to create these fried kale cakes. Serve these with a dollop of buttermilk ranch dip or sour cream and scallions.

Click here for the Garlic Potato Kale Cakes recipe.

Guy Fieri’s Elevated Potato Skins

Guy Fieri’s Elevated Potato Skins

Guy Fieri

Potato skins are another classic dinner party appetizer. Take them to the next level for Thanksgiving with cremini mushrooms, Brie cheese, fresh thyme, and prosciutto.

For Guy Fieri’s Elevated Potato Skins recipe, click here.

Mac and Cheese Cups

Mac and Cheese Cups

Elegant Affairs

Macaroni and cheese is a favorite Thanksgiving side dish for many folks. Give the classic a bite-sized makeover with this Instagram-worthy appetizer.

For the Mac and Cheese Cups recipe, click here.

Maple Bacon Dates

Maple Bacon Dates

Bill Milne

A little salty, a little sweet, and a little crunchy. These bite-sized dates have everything you could want.

Click here for the Maple Bacon Dates recipe.

Mustardly Deviled Eggs

Mustardly Deviled Eggs

Shutterstock

You can’t go wrong with a classic deviled egg, especially a terrifically tangy one like this.

For the Mustardly Deviled Eggs recipe, click here.

Olive Garden’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Olive Garden’s Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Olive Garden

This classic, warm dip is packed with mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Serve it with carrots, tortilla chips, or cubed pieces of pumpernickel bread to give everyone a filling appetizer that will keep them satisfied until dinner.

For Olive Garden's Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe, click here.

Perfect Pigs in a Blanket

Perfect Pigs in a Blanket

iStock

We’re of the opinion that no party is complete without pigs in a blanket, including Thanksgiving. They’re quick, they’re easy, and they’re delicious. What more do you need?

For the Perfect Pigs in a Blanket recipe, click here.

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

Taste of Home

If you’re having a Thanksgiving lunch, consider making these muffins a day or two before the meal. They combine everything we love about fall to create a perfect seasonal and festive breakfast on Thanksgiving morning.

Click here for the Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins recipe.

Slow-Cooker French Onion Dip

Slow-Cooker French Onion Dip

Shutterstock

Using your slow cooker for this savory and insatiable dip will clear up your oven and pans for much-needed Thanksgiving Day dishes.

Click here for the Slow-Cooker French Onion Dip recipe.

Southwest Layered Pumpkin Dip

Southwest Layered Pumpkin Dip

Chi-Chi's

This autumnal twist on a classic seven-layer taco dip will get people pumped for the pumpkin pie later in the day.

For the Southwest Layered Pumpkin Dip recipe, click here.

Stuffed Tomatoes With Gruyère

Stuffed Tomatoes With Gruyère

Tara Fisher

If you find stuffing mushrooms to be too tedious, cook up a batch of these beautiful stuffed tomatoes instead.

For the Stuffed Tomatoes With Gruyère recipe, click here.

Stuffing-Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffing-Stuffed Mushrooms

Patti Stagich

In this recipe, earthy mushrooms are filled with crunchy, crumbly stuffing to create a bite-sized appetizer that works perfectly as an amuse-bouche for your guests and will get them pumped for the big meal.

For the Stuffing-Stuffed Mushrooms recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chips

Jane Bruce

Get your guests thinking about the warm sweet potato casserole they’re about to enjoy with some quick sweet potato chips. These chips are easy to make, and they pair well with dip to snack on while you watch the Macy’s Day Parade.

Click here for the Sweet Potato Chips recipe.