There’s an art to the Thanksgiving appetizer ~ it has be be delicious and festive, but it has to be easy!
Thanksgiving starters often get forgotten in the rush to get the big meal planned and executed. But that’s a real shame because we all know people show up to thanksgiving hungry!!
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. Baked cheese is a simple concept that always gets raves. And by the way, you can do this without the cheese ~ see my easy roasted olives!
One of the absolute cutest ideas to come out of the pandemic ~ individual charcuterie boards in little jars. It’s a brilliant concept and a favorite of mine. My antipasto skewers are another idea along the same lines.
Hot cheesy dips are always crowd pleasers and for Thanksgiving I upgrade with crab for the perfect holiday spin. If you’re not into seafood, I suggest my Baked Caramelized Onion Dip.
Baked brie is an old standby, but with a few extra touches you can really take it to the next level. If you’ve never made it before, don’t be intimidated, I can make you a master Brie baker in minutes, check out my How to Bake Brie guide.
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! The only problem with fabulous cheese boards? They might outshine the turkey 🙂
If you’re a minimalist, you can’t go wrong with a great homemade bar mix. The sweet salty combination is famously irresistible. If you love setting out little bowls of super crunchy nibbles, try my roasted squash seeds, too.
All you need is a nice cheddar cheese and some simple crackers or bread with this unique apple jelly ~ people go bonkers for it! Your crowd might also appreciate my Easy Mulled Cranberry Jelly.
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.
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. For a real show-stopper, make my crisp crackers, below, to go along with it.
I can’t recommend these homemade crackers enough! The process is easy, and you make make them days ahead of time, they never lose their crunch. They go with just about any cheese, too!
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. Make homemade pita bread to really impress.