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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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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
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Creamy Ranch Dip

Creamy Ranch Dip

Creamy Ranch Dip

Janice Freeman in Kewanee, Illinois shares her secret for a wonderfully thick and easy dip to dress up fresh veggies, crackers or chips—and it goes together with only three ingredients! “I just add cream cheese to the directions on the dressing envelope,” she says, “and it’s much better.”

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

A rich, warm and cheesy recipe for classic stuffed mushrooms, this attractive appetizer is perfect for your next dinner party or special event. —Kristen Woodburn, Atlanta, Georgia

Cheese Meatballs

Cheese Meatballs

Cheese Meatballs

I often rely on these rich, cheesy meatballs for party appetizers. Or I serve them alongside a tossed salad for a quick meal in minutes. —Rachel Frost, Tallula, Illinois
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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

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

Garlic Bread Spirals

Garlic Bread Spirals

Garlic Bread Spirals

These scrumptious rolls are true treasures. Refrigerated dough makes them so easy to prep before a party, and they disappear almost as quickly as they take to make! —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

Mediterranean Eggplant Dip

Mediterranean Eggplant Dip

Mediterranean Eggplant Dip

I love Mediterranean food, and the flavors in this dip are so vibrant. We make our own mini sandwiches once this platter is complete. —Stacy Mullens, Gresham, Oregon

Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

Cranberry Jalapeno Cheese Spread

This easy spread is based on several different relishes and spreads I've tasted or made before. I love the sweet and spicy combination of flavors. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan

Appetizer Roll-Ups

Appetizer Roll-Ups

Appetizer Roll-Ups

Cream cheese and a variety of herbs and vegetables make even deli cold cuts a fancy and filling appetizer. Bite-size pieces look so pretty set on a platter in a circle. But the arrangement never stays complete for very long once this snack is served. —Marcella Funk, Salem, Oregon

Turkey-Cranberry Minis

Turkey-Cranberry Minis

Turkey-Cranberry Minis

We make these tiny tarts to stand in for the turkey and its trimmings at our casual holiday gatherings. — Nadine Mesch, Mount Healthy, Ohio

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Pumpkin Pie Dip

I came up with this rich, creamy pumpkin dip when I had a small amount of canned pumpkin left in the fridge after my holiday baking. It's also great served with sliced pears and apples, or as a spread on zucchini bread. —Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas
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