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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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Fish Taco Bites

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Carmell Childs
I think these appetizers are better than full-size fish tacos I’ve had as an entree. Enjoy the creamy salsa drizzle not only on these bites, but also on other Mexican dishes. —Carmell Childs, Ferron, Utah
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Couscous Caps

Couscous Caps

Couscous Caps

Couscous makes a pleasant change from bread crumbs in these savory appetizers—and provides nice texture. —Kendra Doss, Kansas City, Missouri

Cranberry Camembert Pizza

Cranberry Camembert Pizza

Cranberry Camembert Pizza

“After I’d tasted this quick yummy pizza at a party,” writes Heidi Mellon from Waukesha, Wisconsin, “I just knew I had to have the recipe. I’ve been serving it in my household for years, and it always disappears in minutes.”

Pinecone-Shaped Blue Cheese Spread

Pinecone-Shaped Blue Cheese Spread

Pinecone-Shaped Blue Cheese Spread

This savory pinecone is a blend of delicious cheeses and herbs. Topped with plenty of almonds, it makes an impressive and welcoming appetizer. —Kathy Johnson Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Mexican Fiesta Platter

Mexican Fiesta Platter

Mexican Fiesta Platter

This recipe proves you don't need to fuss to feed and appetizer to a crowd. With generous layers of beef, rice, corn chips and cheese, it's a nacho lovers dream!—Ann Nace, Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Festive Turkey Meatballs

Festive Turkey Meatballs

Festive Turkey Meatballs

Turkey gives a different twist to these slightly sweet and spicy meatballs. For the holidays, I serve them on a tray lined with parsley and garnished with red pepper or pimientos.

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

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

It's up to you how to enjoy this cocktail—eat it with a spoon as a chilled soup, or use tortilla chips or crackers for scooping. —Erin Moreno, Arcadia, Wisconsin

Bourbon Ham Balls

Bourbon Ham Balls

Bourbon Ham Balls

Grandma Nette created ham balls. I make them salty-sweet with a bourbon and vinegar kick. Serve them alone, in a sandwich or over pasta or rice. —Kimla Carsten, Grand Junction, CO

Spicy Apple Dip

Spicy Apple Dip

Spicy Apple Dip

Here is a fun way to use up apple preserves. Or, be creative and change up the jelly and preserves to develop a variety of flavor combos. My favorite is apple jelly with orange marmalade.

Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

Simple Salmon Dip

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

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

Holiday Cranberry Chutney

A chunky chutney like this one makes a great gift for friends and neighbors. I give them the chutney in a decorated jar with a package of cream cheese and a box of crackers. It makes a lovely snack and is just as good alongside a main dish. —Cheryl Lottman Stillwater, Minnesota
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