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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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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

Tex-Mex Dip

Tex-Mex Dip

Tex-Mex Dip

Sit back and relax with your family while enjoying this creamy dip. Colorful and festive, it's easy to put together ahead of time, which makes it perfect for game day. — Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

Turkey Tortilla Spirals

Turkey Tortilla Spirals

Turkey Tortilla Spirals

No one ever suspects that Peggy Grieme's addictive pinwheels and cranberry dipping relish are light. "People are always surprised by how easy this recipe is to prepare," she explains. "It's the tasty combination of ingredients that keep guests reaching for more."
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Crab Cucumber Bites

Crab Cucumber Bites

Crab Cucumber Bites

I look for recipes that are deceptively easy. These fancy-but-quick crab and cucumber appetizers are heavenly, and the stand-out colors light up any gathering or holiday table, no matter the season. —Nancy Czarnick, Desert Hills, Arizona

Crispy Shrimp Cups

Crispy Shrimp Cups

Crispy Shrimp Cups

The perfect party food for passing, this stuffed wonton also lends itself well to crabmeat or mushroom fillings instead of shrimp. Serve them hot, warm, or cold. —Lori Stefanishion, Drumheller, Alberta

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

Cucumber Canapes

I always get requests for the recipe whenever I serve these delicate finger sandwiches with a creamy herb spread and festive red and green garnishes. —Nadine Whittaker, South Plymouth, Massachusetts

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Inside-Out Veggie Dip

Kids have fun eating these bite-sized veggie snacks. Change up the seasonings in the dip to fit your family's tastes. —Judie Thurstenson, Colcord, Oklahoma

Mushroom, Walnut & Thyme Cheesecake

Mushroom, Walnut & Thyme Cheesecake

Mushroom, Walnut & Thyme Cheesecake

Serve this delightful and unusual savory cheesecake of mushroom and thyme as a festive first course. — Erika Szymanski, Pullman, Washington

Pesto Dip with Parmesan Toast

Pesto Dip with Parmesan Toast

Pesto Dip with Parmesan Toast

“We created this recipe at my office when we had leftover mayonnaise and pesto and weren’t sure what do to with them. We figured it out and fell in love with this no-fuss dip.” —Laurel Churchman, Waco, Texas

Sweet Onion Bread Skillet

Sweet Onion Bread Skillet

Sweet Onion Bread Skillet

Because there are just a few ingredients in this recipe, you’ll get the best results if you use the finest-quality ingredients, like fresh Vidalia onions and aged Parmesan cheese. —Lisa Speer, Palm Beach, Florida

Tzatziki Shrimp Cucumber Rounds

Tzatziki Shrimp Cucumber Rounds

Tzatziki Shrimp Cucumber Rounds

I created this recipe with what I had on hand one night, and now it’s one of my husband’s favorites! The bacon-wrapped shrimp, garlicky sauce and burst of cool cuke flavor make this a crowd pleaser. —SHANNON ROSE FLAHERTY, HAMPTON BAYS, NEW YORK
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