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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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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
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Apple-Pecan Baked Brie

Apple-Pecan Baked Brie

Apple-Pecan Baked Brie

As family arrives for a get-together, I make sure this fruity and savory Brie is in the oven so the aromas of cinnamon and apples fill the house. —Alicia Gower, Auburn, New York

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

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
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Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Pour on the holiday spirit with a splash of brandy and three kinds of cheese. Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are a crunchy topping for the smooth spread. —T.B. England, San Antonio, Texas

Fish Taco Bites

Fish Taco Bites

Fish Taco Bites

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

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

Shrimp Spread

Shrimp Spread

Shrimp Spread

This colorful and tasty appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser. People will never know you've used lighter ingredients. —Norene Wright, Manilla, Indiana

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.

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.

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

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
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