10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

10 Super Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers ~ you’ve probably got the menu all set, the turkey, the fixings, and the desserts, but don’t forget about the all important starters!

Baked Feta Cheese with Olives and Lemon

~ everybody is surprised by this simple appetizer…even people who say they don’t like feta fall for it. The heat of the oven brings out the best in this sharp cheese, I recommend buying imported sheep’s milk feta for the best flavor.

overhead shot of baked feta cheese with olives, lemon, and rosemary



Jewel Box Labneh Balls

~ these are my new favorite thing in the whole world. Plush balls of labneh cheese (a soft yogurt cheese) are rolled in various spices, herbs, and/or nuts for the most exotic (and gorgeous!) crackers and cheese plate ever. You can make it all ahead of time, too.

Jewel Box labneh Balls in a silver bowl with spreading knife



Festive Olive Wreath Appetizer

~ this high impact low effort appetizer is such fun to assemble. Follow my easy instructions and wait for the compliments to start rolling in.

Festive Olive and Herb Wreath on a white platter



Baked Brie with Apples, Pecans, and Maple Syrup

~ baked brie is an old standby, but with a few extra touches you can really take it to the next level.

Baked Brie with apples and pecans



The Ultimate Cheese Board

~ this looks elaborate, but here’s the thing, it’s really just a matter of arranging lots of readymade ingredients. Choose good quality cheeses, fresh fruit, nuts, and olives ~ you can’t mess this one up!

An elaborate cheese plate on a wooden table



Roasted Squash Seeds (5 Ways!)

~ go super minimal with these crispy squash seeds, you can customize them with different spice blends, and they won’t spoil anybody’s appetite.

a bowl of roasted squash seeds



Easy Low Sugar Wine Jelly

~ all you need is a soft cream cheese or goat cheese, and some simple crackers with this unique wine jelly ~ people go bonkers for it!

Wine jelly with cheese and crackers



Warm Hummus with Mushrooms

~ if you are really serious about keeping people out of the kitchen and out of your hair while you cook, set them up with this warm hummus and the freshest pita bread you can find. Don’t be alarmed if the conversation suddenly goes quiet.

Warm Hummus with Mushrooms is an easy way to jazz up hummus! ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com



Homemade Boursin

~ I love to make this stuff, it tastes just like the real thing, and everyone gets really impressed when you tell them you made it yourself.

This Homemade Boursin Cheese Recipe is easy, and spot-on delicious --- make some today and save bigtime! | theviewfromgreatisland.com




~ If you’ve got a foodie type crowd coming over you need to go beyond cheese and crackers, for sure. This vivid roasted red pepper dip from the Middle East will do the trick.

Middle Eastern Muhammara dip




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    Patricia Kano
    November 12, 2019 at 8:21 am

    These all look delicious. I’m wondering what kind of cracker you used with the wine jelly. It looks like a cracker I have not seen in a long time. I’d love to have it again! Thanks so much.

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      November 12, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Those are Carr’s Wheatmeal Crackers, and funny you should mention them because lately I haven’t been able to find them in stores. I wonder if they’ve been discontinued, or just aren’t available in the US anymore. Maybe another reader will help us out with this. I actually might try to make a homemade version for the blog, because they’re a favorite of mine!
      PS I think you can still find them in the large assortment box of crackers.

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    November 12, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Love these appetizers Sue! You have great recipes and it’s a pleasure to stop by often!

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    Nancy Stephanos
    November 21, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Thanks for the “Ultimate Cheese Board” post. I have cheese board duty for Thanksgiving and I got many great ideas from your post. Let’s see if I can “Wow” the family!

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      November 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      Oh wow, cheeseboard duty is the best!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    November 19, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    You make the best appetizers!! These all look so delicious! 🙂

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    November 18, 2018 at 9:03 am

    The appetizers set the tone of the meal so I can tell yours will be a great meal. Not that I had any doubts! Have a Happy Thanksgiving Sue!

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      November 18, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Happy Thanksgiving Abbe <3

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    November 18, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Wow these are all gorgeous! I’m definitely trying the mushroom hummus! All great ideas for appetizers. Great post! Sue you are So artistic !! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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      November 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

      🙂 Have a wonderful holiday too!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    November 18, 2018 at 4:54 am

    I’m making that wine jelly for sure! What a gorgeous roundup. We’re having our family Thanksgiving today and now I wish I had one of these amazing dishes to serve this hungry hoard 🙂 Have a wonderful day! PINNING!

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      November 18, 2018 at 5:51 am

      Happy Thanksgiving Tricia! <3

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