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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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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

Southwest Egg Rolls

Southwest Egg Rolls

Southwest Egg Rolls

Moderately crispy with a rich and creamy filling, these semi-spicy appetizers taste like they’ve been fried. —Danielle Booth, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Festive Pumpkin Dip

Festive Pumpkin Dip

Festive Pumpkin Dip

An unexpected use for pumpkin is in this creamy, zippy snack dip. It's a chunky, satisfying dip perfect for any time.—Evelyn Kennell, Roanoke, Illinois
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Gouda Melt with Baguette Slices

Gouda Melt with Baguette Slices

Gouda Melt with Baguette Slices

This fun appetizer is guaranteed to wow guests! It takes just moments to whip up this melty delight. —Susan Lewis, Reading, Pennsylvania

Bacon and Fontina Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon and Fontina Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon and Fontina Stuffed Mushrooms

What's better than lots of bacon and cheese in a mushroom cap...yum. They'll be a hit with your guests too.—Tammy Rex, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

Barbecued Meatballs

Barbecued Meatballs

Barbecued Meatballs

This is always a hit with guests— and with me, too, because it's simple and can be assembled ahead of time.—Mrs. Melvin Schnuelle, Manitowac, Wisconsin

Double-Nut Stuffed Figs

Double-Nut Stuffed Figs

Double-Nut Stuffed Figs

We have a diabetic in the family and this recipe is healthy and nutritious without compromising all the flavor of a holiday dessert. —Bob Bailey, Columbus, Ohio

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

Layered Pesto Cheese Spread

Layered Pesto Cheese Spread

Layered Pesto Cheese Spread

Guests won't be able to pass up this unique spread. In fact, the pesto and cheese combination will have them coming back for more! —Denise Hruz, Germantown, Wisconsin

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Mini Mac & Cheese Bites

Young relatives were coming for a Christmas party, so I wanted something fun for them to eat. Instead, the adults devoured my mini mac and cheese. —Katherine Mainiero, Poughkeepsie, NY

Pear Mushroom Strudels

Pear Mushroom Strudels

Pear Mushroom Strudels

Guests may raise their eyebrows when you tell them the ingredients in this special appetizer. But after one taste, they're raising their hands for the recipe!—Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio
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