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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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Cheese Lover's Fondue

Cheese Lover's Fondue

Cheese Lover's Fondue

French bread cubes and apples are the perfect dippers for this classic fondue, made with white wine and Swiss and Gruyere cheeses. It’s a crowd-pleaser.—Linda Vogel, Elgin, Illinois

Festive Appetizer Spread

Festive Appetizer Spread

Festive Appetizer Spread

Our state is known for its cranberries, and there are many bogs in our area. I won first place with this recipe in a contest sponsored by our local newspaper.

French Onion Garlic Bread

French Onion Garlic Bread

French Onion Garlic Bread

My husband and I love creating new recipes together based on our favorite foods. This is our very first creation as a married couple. The cheesy bread can also be use as an appetizer for a party. —Taryn Camp, Oviedo, Florida
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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

Wisconsin Cheddar-Cider Spread

Wisconsin Cheddar-Cider Spread

Wisconsin Cheddar-Cider Spread

Real aged sharp cheddar pairs well with sweet apple cider. Serve this as a spread with apple wedges and crackers. Or place on bread and broil for excellent open-faced sandwiches.—Wolfgang Hanau, West Palm Beach, Florida

Creamy Mushroom Bruschetta

Creamy Mushroom Bruschetta

Creamy Mushroom Bruschetta

Mushroom—button, portobello and shiitake—plus a lovely blend of herbs make a hearty, flavorful topping for bruschetta.—Amy Chase, Vanderhoof, British Columbia

Fruited Turkey

Fruited Turkey

Fruited Turkey

Have some fruit-filled fun on Thanksgiving with this tasty turkey, or when you're preparing turkey on the grill at a summer get-together. —Tressa Gear, Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Mediterranean Pastry Pinwheels

Mediterranean Pastry Pinwheels

Mediterranean Pastry Pinwheels

These quick appetizers are irresistible on the plate, and the flavors of sun-dried tomatoes and pesto balance beautifully! —Kristen Heigl, Staten Island, New York

Southern-Style Egg Rolls

Southern-Style Egg Rolls

Southern-Style Egg Rolls

Sausage, black-eyed peas and turnip greens give these unique egg rolls a decidedly Southern accent. When I bring them to a party, I always come home with an empty plate. —Holly Jones, Kennesaw, Georgia

Southwestern Bean Dip

Southwestern Bean Dip

Southwestern Bean Dip

Just by using different types of beans, you can make this dip as spicy as you like it. My family could eat this as a complete meal.—Jeanne Shear, Sabetha, Kansas

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.
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