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37+ Thanksgiving Appetizers And Side Dishes

These Thanksgiving appetizers will really get you in the holiday spirit! What’s better to be thankful for than some delicious food? These side dishes will have you grateful for every bite!

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Crostini – Easy Appetizer
This Cranberry Cream Cheese Crostini Recipe is a must for the Holidays. Toasted crostini slices topped with cream cheese and homemade classic cranberry sauce.
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Cranberry Cream Cheese Crostini - Easy Appetizer

These pasties are stuffed with super tasty holiday flavor!

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Cheese and Onion Pasties
Flaky cheese and onion pasties made with puff pastry. Delicate, buttery pastry filled with a savory, cheesy filling, these slices make a wonderful appetizer or light dinner.
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Cheese and Onion Pasties

This starter is so cute and deliciously cheesy! Its shaped like cute little reindeers.

Reindeer Cheese Ball
Dress up your holiday appetizer table with this Reindeer Cheese Ball made with everything bagel seasoning for a delicious dip.
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Reindeer Cheese Ball

I cant even express to you how much I love goat cheese!

Easy Pistacho-Crusted Goat Cheese Appetizer
Easy and gourmet appetizer? Yes! This Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Appetizer is topped with fig preserves, hot honey and pomegranate arils, with options to sprinkle with candied bacon.
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Easy Pistacho-Crusted Goat Cheese Appetizer
Scallion Olive Party Dip Christmas Wreath
An epic Christmas appetizer made with the most delicious party dip. Scallion Olive Party Dip shaped into a Christmas wreath for your best party ever.
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Scallion Olive Party Dip Christmas Wreath

The only thing I adore more than goat cheese is brie!

Cranberry Honey Baked Brie
Cranberry Honey Baked Brie, savory and sweet with baguette to dip, is the ultimate holiday appetizer, and so easy to make in just 30 minutes!
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Cranberry Honey Baked Brie

Fig jam and walnuts taste so mouthwatering with brie cheese.

Easy Baked Brie with Fig Jam and Walnuts [+VIDEO] ? MasalaHerb.com
Easy baked brie with fig jam and topped with crunchy walnuts. This appetizer is a crazy good crowd pleaser, ready within 10 mins. Watch my how to video!
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Easy Baked Brie with Fig Jam and Walnuts [+VIDEO] ? MasalaHerb.com
Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheese Ball
This cheese ball has a perfect blend of flavors including ranch, crispy bacon bits, 2 kinds of cheese, and chives. A perfectly easy and delicious appetizer!
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Bacon Ranch Cheddar Cheese Ball

Pecans are my favorite nut to use as a holiday side dish ingredient.

Mini Cranberry Pecan Cheese Balls Appetizer
If you don’t have these Mini Cranberry Pecan Cheese Balls on your holiday appetizer table, we can’t be friends. I mean, they have ALL the flavors of Christmas rolled into one adorably delicious creamy bite.
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Mini Cranberry Pecan Cheese Balls Appetizer
Caprese Appetizers
We amp up the flavor of these caprese appetizers with a marinade and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. How cute are they for Christmas! Quick and easy.
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Caprese Appetizers
Garlic and Onion Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe
Garlic onion cheese ball is a tasty and classic cheese ball recipe. Tons of garlic and cheddar flavor make this the best appetizer or snack.
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Garlic and Onion Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe

Marvelously Meaty Starters

Who doesn’t love bacon? its the perfect ingredient for a Thanksgiving appetizer.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {With Spicy Chipotle and Brown Sugar}
Bacon Wrapped Smokies {With Spicy Chipotle and Brown Sugar} are smoky, spicy, and sweet bite-sized appetizers that are perfect for a party or for tailgating
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Bacon Wrapped Smokies {With Spicy Chipotle and Brown Sugar}
Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs
Sweet and tangy, these slow cooker cranberry meatballs make a delicious appetizer loved by both kids and adults for any party.
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs
Mini BLT Sliders on a Toothpick
These mini BLT sliders have all the vibrant flavors of your favorite bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich on a toothpick. Easy appetizer recipe!
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Mini BLT Sliders on a Toothpick

I cant express to you how delicious bacon and dates taste together.

Savory Stuffed Dates with Bacon and Jalapeño – Fresh Water Peaches
These Savory Stuffed Dates are sure to be a hit at your next party! You only need 3 ingredients, and less than an hour to make them!
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Savory Stuffed Dates with Bacon and Jalapeño - Fresh Water Peaches
Soppressata Provolone Cones – An Easy Holiday Appetizer
Soppressata and Radish Provolone Cones. A fun and delicious holiday snack or appetizer made with provolone cheese, soppressata, thinly sliced radish, pepperoncini, and pine nuts. Easily customizable and ready in under 15 minutes, everyone will love these delicious little provolone cones.
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Soppressata Provolone Cones - An Easy Holiday Appetizer

If you have never tasted liver now is definitely time to try!

Arnavut Cigeri – Turkish Liver Recipe – Cooking Gorgeous
Arnavut Cigeri is a Turkish Liver dish made of pan-fried lamb or veal liver seasoned with flaked chili and served with onion&parsley salad.
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Arnavut Cigeri - Turkish Liver Recipe - Cooking Gorgeous

Stuffing has always been my favorite thing at the Thanksgiving table.

Holiday Stuffing Biscuit Cups (with Sausage)
Holiday Stuffing Biscuit Cups (with sausage) are made with rosemary, craisins and sausage and Pillsbury biscuit dough! They are an easy appetizer to make for guests!
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Holiday Stuffing Biscuit Cups (with Sausage)
Southern Salmon Croquettes
These delicious Southern Salmon Croquettes are an easy soul food classic done right! Nice and tender on the inside full of salmon flavor and aromatics, yet crunchy and delicious on the exterior.
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Southern Salmon Croquettes
Mango and avocado salad with shrimp (paleo, AIP)
This mango and avocado salad with shrimp is the easiest holiday appetizers or starter! It’s paleo, AIP and a total showstopper.
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Mango and avocado salad with shrimp (paleo, AIP)

This creamy Butternut Squash Soup is easy, warm and tasty. Plus it takes less time to make than other similar soups thanks to the instant pot.

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
This creamy Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup is easy, delicious and takes less time to make than other butternut squash soups thanks to the pressure cooker.
Top it with the tasty Bacon Pecan Crumble!
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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup

Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe with ground turkey, kale and the perfect blend of spices is a show-stopping meal. Inspired by Fall it is warm, comforting, colorful and loaded with earthy flavors.

Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash
Healthy Stuffed Acorn Squash dinner recipe with ground turkey, kale or spinach and savory spices. Colorful and loaded with earthy flavors.
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Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Vegetarian Appetizers

This simple Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto is a twist on an Italian classic- you will adore the pumpkin purée and caramelized mushrooms. It’s lovely, cozy, warm, creamy, and mouthwatering.

Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto
This easy Pumpkin & Mushroom Risotto takes an Italian classic to new heights by infusing it with pumpkin purée & caramelized mushrooms. It’s super cozy, creamy, and delicious!
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Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto
Eggplant Roulades
These Eggplant Roulades are a simple and flavorful dish that’s made with tender eggplant, roasted walnuts, and fresh herbs. You’ll love them!
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Eggplant Roulades

Garlic mushrooms are a delicious, earthy, and refreshing vegetable side dish you will love at any family feast.

Garlic Mushrooms
These Garlic Mushrooms are so juicy and flavorful. Their meaty texture makes them the perfect complementary side dish to your favorite meals.
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Garlic Mushrooms
Creamy Eggplant Dip
This Creamy Eggplant Dip is thick and smooth with small chunks of roasted eggplant and a hint garlic. It’s a delicious dip that you’ll love!
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Creamy Eggplant Dip

Sweet figs, tangy goat cheese, chopped pecans, and a drizzle of honey make these fig crostini appetizers the perfect two-bite treat to serve before dinner.

Fig Crostini Appetizers
Sweet figs, tangy goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey make these fig appetizers the perfect two-bite treat to serve before dinner.
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Fig Crostini Appetizers
Zucchini Noodles With Red Pepper Sauce | Anyreasonvegans
If you’re looking for a delicious low carb high protein meal packed with vegetables this is the one for you!
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Zucchini Noodles With Red Pepper Sauce | Anyreasonvegans

You have to have some soup at the table right? make it pumpkin with vegetables!

Vegan Pumpkin Soup With Coconut Milk | Anyreasonvegans
This soup is so mouthwatering, healthy, low carb, and plant based. You will adore the flavors and how great you feel!
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Vegan Pumpkin Soup With Coconut Milk | Anyreasonvegans
Healthy Vegetable Curry Recipe | Anyreasonvegans
Vegan and plant based recipes for all
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Healthy Vegetable Curry Recipe | Anyreasonvegans

Stuffed grape leaves are actually an amazing Thanksgiving appetizer.

Yaprak Sarma – Dolma (Vegan Stuffed Grape Leaves) – Cooking Gorgeous
Yaprak Sarma (or Dolma) is an authentic Turkish dish made from Grape Leaves Stuffed with aromatic rice, fresh Mediterranean herbs and spices.
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Yaprak Sarma - Dolma (Vegan Stuffed Grape Leaves) - Cooking Gorgeous

With mushrooms, herbs, Parmesan, and puff pastries – you simply can not go wrong with these side dishes!

Mini Mushroom Tarts with Lingonberry Sauce
These mini mushroom tarts with lingonberry jam can double as either a fabulous side or appetizer.
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Mini Mushroom Tarts with Lingonberry Sauce
The Best From Scratch Spinach Dip
Spinach dip is a popular appetizer at summer barbecues. I recreated my classic spinach dip recipe without packaged vegetable soup mix to make it healthier!
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The Best From Scratch Spinach Dip

You just have to have a cranberry starter for the holidays!

Spicy Cranberry Salsa – Intentionally Eat
This cranberry salsa is tangy, zippy, sweet, spicy, easy to make and everything you could ask for. You guests will devour it and ask for more.
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Spicy Cranberry Salsa - Intentionally Eat
What do you serve before Thanksgiving dinner?

You simply MUST serve some mouthwatering appetizers before Thanksgiving dinner. Some of the recipes on this list will knock your socks off and impress your guests. Like baked brie with jam, nuts, honey, and more. You can also serve bacon wrapped dates, pinwheels, soup, salad, and so much more.


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