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Thanksgiving Appetizers

Need Thanksgiving appetizers? Don't just tear open a bag of chips. Serve up some pre-feast favorites, from dips and spreads to spiced nuts, cheese balls, meatballs, bacon-wrapped bites and more special occasion appetizers

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This is my go-to dip recipe for summer barbecues. The secret is the green chilies—they add just enough heat. —Susan Jordan, Denver, Colorado
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Turkey Cigars with Cranberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

Turkey Cigars with Cranberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

Turkey Cigars with Cranberry-Dijon Dipping Sauce

With or without the dipping sauce, this crunchy crowd-pleaser is tasty. The cranberry-Dijon sauce gives the fun snack plenty of tang.—Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, MA

Sweet Potato Tartlets

Sweet Potato Tartlets

Sweet Potato Tartlets

My family can't resist sweet potatoes when they're mashed, placed in crunchy phyllo shells and topped with marshmallows. The bite-size tarts are fun to eat, too! —Marla Clark, Moriarty, New Mexico

Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Artichoke Bottoms

When your friends take a look at this vibrant appetizer, they'll know they're at a party. There's nothing better than nibbling on one of these comforting snacks while watching fall football. They are cheesy, bacony, and superb.—Elizabeth Bennett, Mill Creek, Washington
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Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Spread

Garlic lovers will literally eat this up! Fresh basil gives it a lovely aroma; crushed red peppers offer a hint of heat; and sun-dried tomatoes make the creamy sandwich spread bright. Terrific on crackers, too. —Anndrea Bailey, Huntington Beach, California

Spicy Butterscotch Wings

Spicy Butterscotch Wings

Spicy Butterscotch Wings

We love big-time spicy chicken wings. I do a caramel sauce to balance the heat, but you could also glaze the wings with melted brown sugar. —Nuraniza Salazar, Westminster, Colorado

Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Artichoke & Mushroom Toasts

Our winters can get cold here, so I like to warm up holiday guests with oven-fresh appetizers. Crunchy bread slices are topped with mushrooms, artichokes and a blend of cheeses. —Nancy Mueller, Bloomington, Minnesota

Pear-Walnut Tea Sandwiches

Pear-Walnut Tea Sandwiches

Pear-Walnut Tea Sandwiches

These satisfying tea sandwiches boast crunchy walnuts, chopped pear and deli chicken. Use white, pumpernickel and rye bread for variety. —David Bostedt, Zephyrhills, Florida

Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

For a winning appetizer, serve crispy phyllo cups filled with taco-seasoned ground beef and shredded cheese. These handheld bites will be a surefire hit with a hungry crowd. —Roseann Weston, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Bean Spread on Pita Crackers

Bean Spread on Pita Crackers

Bean Spread on Pita Crackers

For extra ease, our Test Kitchen says to bake the pita crackers the night before. Cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also prepare and chill the spread overnight; remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving.

Sensational Stuffed Mushrooms

Sensational Stuffed Mushrooms

Sensational Stuffed Mushrooms

"Sometimes I use fewer mushrooms than this recipe calls for and really pile up the stuffing.” —Sandy Harz, Grand Haven, Michigan

Southwestern Bean Dip

Southwestern Bean Dip

Southwestern Bean Dip

Just by using different types of beans, you can make this dip as spicy as you like it. My family could eat this as a complete meal.—Jeanne Shear, Sabetha, Kansas
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