I’m having a little bit of Thanksgiving envy right now. You see, here in Canada we celebrated our Thanksgiving over a month ago. I’m seriously ready for some more turkey!
I know that planning a turkey dinner is a lot of work. After all the stuffing and potatoes and turkey and pie there’s hardly anytime left to thinks about Thanksgiving appetizers. Don’t worry, I’ve put together a list of my 10 favourite Thanksgiving appetizers that are here on The Endless Meal. Feel free to add your own in the comments, the more the merrier!
It’s hard to imagine deviled eggs getting even more delicious than they already are. But wait, add bacon to anything and that thing becomes a million times better, right? These deviled eggs are insane. Seriously. Insanely. Tasty. You can easily prepare them a day ahead of your Thanksgiving dinner. Keep them covered in your fridge and bring them to room temperature before you serve them.
These pretty little appetizers will be a hit at the party. Plus they’re light so they’ll leave lots of room in bellies for turkey. You can make the beet chips up to 5 days before and leave them in a sealed ziploc bag in your pantry. To save precious minutes the day of your dinner, make small balls of goat cheese ahead of time and put them in a bowl in your fridge. When you’re ready for appetizers just pull the goat cheese balls out of the fridge and assemble.
These guys are crispy and delicious and will disappear fast. Don’t tell the kids they’re made with eggplant, trust me, what they don’t know won’t hurt them. Serve them with chipotle or garlic aioli or even regular ketchup or mayo.
You can prepare them the morning of your dinner and leave them in a sealed bag in your fridge until you are ready to bake them. Bring them to room temperature before baking.
They only take a few minutes to cook so you can bake them quickly while the turkey is out of the oven getting basted, if necessary.
These tiny little bites are packed with flavour. They’re also very light so they won’t ruin any appetites. These can be roasted up to 3 days before your Thanksgiving party. If you’re like me you’ll want to make extra so you can snack on a few whenever you open the fridge.
You may want to sprinkle on a little sugar; tomatoes in November are never very sweet.
You can prepare them up to a day in advance and then sauté or even bake them before serving them.
These little bites are light, crispy and creamy all at the same time. To save time, buy rice crackers (or any light cracker that you like) instead of making filo crackers.
You can prepare the salmon mousse a day ahead, it’s actually even tastier this way! I like to put the salmon mousse in a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Then I cover the end in saran wrap and secure it with an elastic. When I’m ready to serve these I just quickly pipe some onto the crackers and they’re ready to go. Easy!
You’ll want to make lots and lots of these things, they’re extremely addictive. You can make them up to a month ahead of time and store them in your freezer until you are ready to bake them. If you bake them from frozen they’ll need to spend a little more time in your oven. Just watch them and when they’re looking crispy, they’re done.
Roasted pumpkin seeds can also be made with any kind of winter squash. If you’ll be roasting a butternut, kabocha, acorn or other winter squash for your Thanksgiving dinner, save the seeds and you’ll have a tasty appetizer in no time!
Hummus belongs on every appetizer spread. Since this one is the best, it should absolutely be at your Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t mean to brag, but really it’s SO GOOD!
Both the hummus and the pita chips can be made up to 3 days in advance. Store the hummus in a sealed container in the fridge and the pita in a sealed plastic bag in your pantry.
This baba ganoush would be great served with the pita chips in the recipe above. Every Thanksgiving party needs a dip for guests to help themselves to. This one is sure to please the crowds!
Can be prepared up to 3 days before your Thanksgiving dinner and stored in an air tight container in the fridge. For the best flavour, let come to room temperature before serving.
I hope you all have great Thanksgiving dinners! If you have a favourite appetizer that you love to make for Thanksgiving, I’d love to hear about it!