15 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

The main dish gets all the attention when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. But what about the appetizers?

These small bites are just as important in creating a memorable meal. After all, they’re the first thing your guests will eat!

Here are some delicious Thanksgiving appetizer recipes to get you started.

So make sure to serve food before the main course is ready. In fact, show your love with these thanksgiving appetizers.

These easy Thanksgiving appetizers will bring your guests back for second and thirds!

1. Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions

I love this baked brie with the flavorful addition of caramelized onions! The brie is so creamy, and the onions are so sweet and tangy. I could eat it every day.

The puff pastry dough encases the gooey brie cheese, while the sweet caramelized onions add a touch of flavor. The best part is that it is so easy to make.

You just need a few simple ingredients, and you are good to go. Furthermore, store-bought puff pastry makes it a quick and easy option for busy weeknights.

I highly recommend this dish to anyone looking for an impressive yet easy recipe. Trust me; your guests will be impressed.

2. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Spinach, Bacon, and Cheese

This dish is the perfect way to show off the versatility of butternut squash. Parmesan cheese and bacon give it a savory flavor, while spinach and onions add a touch of sweetness.

The result is a holiday appetizer sure to please guests of all ages.

The best part?

You can make it ahead of time and simply reheat it before serving. Moreover, garnish with fresh thyme and black pepper before you serve it.

So whether you are hosting a party or looking for an easy weeknight meal, this stuffed butternut squash will hit the spot.

3. Zucchini Enchilada Roll Ups

Looking for a new Thanksgiving side dish? These zucchini-flavored enchilada roll-ups are a delicious and easy way to enjoy zucchini, chicken, and corn on a weekend.

Moreover, you can also use this recipe to add some fresh veggies to your holiday menu.

Plus, they are sure to please even the pickiest eaters with their melty cheese and flavorful enchilada sauce.

Top the dish with cilantro before serving for additional flavor. So try them, and your family will be thankful you did!

4. Baked Brie in a Sourdough Bread Bowl

Looking for a show-stopping appetizer to impress your guests? Look no further than baked brie in a sourdough bread bowl.

The buttery, gooey cheese pairs perfectly with the soft and chewy bread, providing a contrast in texture. As the brie bakes, its rind becomes crisp while the inside melts into a decadent ooze.

The addition of rosemary or honey takes it to the next level. It adds a sweet touch that complements the brie’s rich flavors.

Not only does it taste delicious, but it also has an irresistible visual appeal when served hot out of the oven.

5. Mini Wild Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

These Stuffed Pumpkins are the perfect fall treat when you fill Mini Wild Rice in them! You can pack these little pumpkins with carrots, mushrooms, Brussels, wild rice, and pecans.

Moreover, rosemary, celery, thyme, vegetable stock, etc., adds a perfect flavor to this dish.

They are sure to please even the pickiest eaters! Best of all, they are easy to make, and you can make them ahead of time. So what are you waiting for?

Get in the kitchen and try these Wild Stuffed Pumpkins! Your taste buds will thank you for it.

6. Healthy Fall Salad

There is nothing like a healthy fall salad when the leaves start to change color and the weather gets cooler.

Topped with a creamy dressing, a mix of crisp greens, roasted squash, crunchy walnuts, and tart cranberries is the perfect way to enjoy the season’s bounty.

And it is not just delicious but also rich in vitamins and minerals. Moreover, the combination of fiber and water helps to fill you up and keep you hydrated.

So next time you are looking for a nutritious and satisfying meal, reach for a fall salad. Your taste buds – and your waistline – will thank you.

7. Vegan Crispy Firecracker Brussels Sprouts

There is nothing quite like the taste of crispy, delicious Brussels sprouts. And when you smothered them in a firecracker sauce, they are even better!

This Vegan thanksgiving appetizer is the perfect way to enjoy this classic vegetable. The sprouts are roasted to perfection, and the sauce is made with a tantalizing combination of spices.

For the sauce, you only need soya sauce, sriracha, brown sugar, and red wine vinegar.

Whether you are vegan or not, these Brussels sprouts are sure to please. So next time you look for a tasty side dish, make sure to make these appetizers.

You will love them.

8. Spinach and Ricotta Rolls {Oven or Air Fryer}

These spinach and ricotta rolls are soft, fluffy, and packed with flavor. These rolls make a delicious appetizer or side dish for the perfect way to use leftover spinach.

You can bake them in the oven or air fry them for a quick and easy meal. Plus, they are freezer-friendly, so you can always have them on hand for a last-minute snack or meal.

Baby spinach, grated parmesan, goat cheese, eggs, and green onions add a perfect flavor and balance to the dish. Thus, these ricotta rolls are a perfect way to surprise your guests with a delicious appetizer.

9. Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

This recipe for baked honey in sesame chicken is easy to follow and results in a delicious, healthy meal. The chicken is coated in a light batter and then baked until crispy.

It is then glazed with a sweet and savory sauce made with honey, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.

The sesame seeds add a nutty flavor and a nice crunch. This recipe is perfect for those nights when you want something tasty but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen.

And cleanup is a breeze since everything is cooked in one baking dish. So go ahead and give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed.

10. Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls [Air Fryer or Oven]

Puff Pastry rich with Cinnamon Rolls is the perfect treat for any time of day! You can make it with pre-rolled puff pastry as well.

Moreover, these cinnamon rolls are super easy to make and come out perfectly crispy and flaky every time. Even better, you can use an air fryer to make them healthier.

Simply pop the rolls into the air fryer or oven and let them cook until golden brown. Then, top with a sweet glaze and enjoy!

These cinnamon rolls are sure to please everyone and do wonders when you make them as a sweet appetizer at Thanksgiving.

11. Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans, and Cranberries

Here is one of the easiest and most unique thanksgiving appetizers that you can surprise your guests with. Moreover, you do not require many ingredients for this recipe as well.

All you need are pecans, bacon, dried cranberries, Brussels sprouts, and olive oil. You can add seasoning of your choice and enjoy it on the weekend or before Thanksgiving dinner.

The cooking method involves roasting Brussels and then baking bacon in the oven. Then toast the pecans and assemble the appetizer in a mixing bowl.

12. Spinach Dip Bites

When it comes to party appetizers, it can be hard to find something that’s tasty and healthy at the same time. But with Spinachrich Dip Bites, the search is over.

These bite-sized snacks are filled with creamy spinach dip and a seamless crescent dough covering. Not only do they taste amazing, but they also pack a nutritious punch with the added spinach.

And the best part is that they take just minutes to prepare in the oven. Whether you’re hosting a holiday gathering or want to add variety to your weekly meal plan, these dip Bites are sure to be a hit for adults and kids alike.

13. Brie, Apple, and Honey Crostini

Looking for a delicious appetizer to serve at your next party? Look no further than the Crostini rich in Brie, Apple, and Honey.

You can top crispy slices of baguette with creamy brie cheese and thin slices of tart apple. A drizzle of honey adds just the right touch of sweetness.

Moreover, you can assemble this easy-to-make dish in minutes, and it is sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters. Serve warm or at room temperature for maximum flavor.

Don’t be surprised if this becomes a regular addition to your party menu – it’s truly addicting!

14. Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates With Rosemary Honey

If you are looking for the perfect appetizer to wow your party guests, look no further than goat cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates.

The combination of creamy goat cheese, smoky bacon, sweet dates, and fragrant rosemary honey is nothing short of irresistible.

The best part?

These bites are quick and easy to assemble, allowing you to spend more time mingling with your guests. Serve them hot out of the oven or at room temperature. Either way, your guests will devour them in seconds.

So go ahead, and impress your crowd with this delicious twist on a classic party staple. They won’t be disappointed.

15. Fried Goat Cheese With Tarragon + Honey

Are you looking for a new appetizer to wow your dinner guests?

Look no further than fried goat cheese with tarragon and honey. You should lightly coat the goat cheese filling in breadcrumbs. Fry until crispy on the outside and inside stays warm and gooey. 

The addition of fresh tarragon adds a pleasantly herby flavor, and drizzling with honey adds just enough sweetness to balance out the dish.

Serve with toast points for a delicious start to any meal. Trust me. Your friends will be begging for the recipe.

15 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

Recipe by Brenda


  • Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions

  • Stuffed Butternut Squash with Spinach, Bacon, and Cheese

  • Zucchini Enchilada Roll Ups

  • Baked Brie in a Sourdough Bread Bowl

  • Mini Wild Rice Stuffed Pumpkins

  • Healthy Fall Salad

  • Vegan Crispy Firecracker Brussels Sprouts

  • Spinach and Ricotta Rolls {Oven or Air Fryer}

  • Baked Honey Sesame Chicken

  • Puff Pastry Cinnamon Rolls [Air Fryer or Oven]

  • Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Pecans, and Cranberries

  • Spinach Dip Bites

  • Brie, Apple, and Honey Crostini

  • Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates With Rosemary Honey

  • Fried Goat Cheese With Tarragon + Honey


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