Appetizers should be served about an hour before dinner. They serve to wet your guests appetite in anticipation for the Thanksgiving Feast. Be prompt with dinner otherwise guests will continue to fill up with appetizers leaving less room for the delicious dinner that had been prepared.
Here are some general appetizer tips:
Choose Appetizers that are easy to make as well as ones that can be made ahead of time.
Remember, when planning your dinner schedule, to include time for heating up appetizers.
Don’t hesitate to ask guests to bring appetizers to help ease your to do list.
Divide the appetizers on to several plates or tiers and have them placed in various areas around the room. This way guests can partake from wherever they are.
How to choose appetizers: Balance the dishes by offering a mixture of hot and cold, protein and vegetables, light and heavy. Consider colors and textures as well.
Since Appetizers will be served before a large meal, plan for each person to have 4-6 appetizers.
3 appetizer dishes: <10 guests
5 Appetizer dishes: 10-20 guests
7 appetizer dishes: 20-40 guests
9 appetizer dishes: 40+ guests
cold Thanksgiving appetizers
We love to have some appetizers out and ready when guests arrive so they have something to graze on before dinner.
Most of these are cold appetizers that can be made ahead of time, or even dips that can be served with veggies (more below) or crackers (that can even be part of a charcuterie board).
AppetizerBacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
This Bacon Ranch Cheese ball is the perfect partner for your veggie tray! With cheese, bacon, and ranch flavors, you can do no wrong!
It only takes a small handful of ingredients and a few minutes to whip up some creamy and delicious Avocado Lime Ranch Dip! Filled with cilantro, lime juice, and avocado, this ranch dip is perfect for dipping chips or topping Mexican dishes!
This Cheesecake Fruit Dip is one of the best fruit dip recipes you will ever try! It takes just 5 simple ingredients – cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, marshmallow fluff, and cool whip – and ALWAYS vanishes in minutes! Definitely a crowd favorite!
This is the BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, and the ultimate dip for any get together! Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo – this easy spinach artichoke dip is sooo cheesy and flavorful, served perfectly with chips, bread pieces or veggies.
This Homemade Meatball recipe is way better than store bought, and easy too – they take minutes to put together! Made from ground beef mixed with parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, milk, and eggs. These ground beef meatballs are perfect alone or mixed in with pasta!
This is the BEST Hamburger Recipe for grilling up a juicy American classic. You’ll have a perfect burger every time! Bake up a stack of French Fries or Zucchini Fries…
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