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Prepare all of your guests’ appetites by serving any of these Thanksgiving appetizers before the big dinner! There are so many options in this collection including dips, veggies, meats, and more!

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Collage of Thanksgiving appetizers.

We Love Appetizers!

You might wonder if you even need to do appetizers or a big breakfast on Thanksgiving, seeing as the main meal takes a lot of work!

We love a good appetizer spread as guests arrive:

  • Good time for munchies. If you tend to sleep in, then it’s likely you’ll be ready for some appetizers.
  • Keep it light. No appetizer or brunch should be too heavy.
  • All day long. They can be served throughout the day as people gather to cook in the kitchen or take breaks from football out in the yard.
Cranberry brie bites served on a plate.

Serving Thanksgiving Appetizers

Now that you’ve planned it’s time to prep and serve your appetizers on Turkey Day!

Keeping the right temperature. Whether you make them ahead of time or have set them out to be eaten, it’s important to keep certain dishes at the right temperature. 

  • Have two coolers, one for hot dishes and one for cold dishes. 
  • Use crock pots or chafing dishes to keep the food warm.
  • Keep food cold by using a tray of ice placed under bowls and platters.
  • Use fruits and vegetables that are in season.

planning Tips

Planning your Thanksgiving menu can start weeks before the actual event and these tips should help!

  • Choose appetizers that are easy to make, as well as ones that can be made ahead of time. 
  • Serving. Divide the appetizers onto several plates or tiers, and have them placed in various areas around the room.
  • How to choose appetizers. Balance the dishes by offering a mixture of hot and cold, protein and vegetables, light and heavy.
  • Since these Thanksgiving appetizer recipes will be served before a large meal, plan for each person to have 3-4 appetizers. 
    • 3 appetizer dishes: <10 guests
    • 5 appetizer dishes: 10-20 guests
    • 7 appetizer dishes: 20-40 guests

Best Thanksgiving Appetizers

We love to include a few tasty appetizers to munch on before the main Thanksgiving feast. We’ve rounded up some of our best and classic, sweet and savory apps.

1 Turkey Veggie Tray Recipe

Appetizer Turkey Veggie Tray Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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2 Spinach Puffs Recipe

Appetizer Spinach Puffs Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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4.97 from 194 votes
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3 Deviled Eggs Recipe

Appetizer Deviled Eggs Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 53 votes
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4 Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe

Appetizer Cranberry Brie Bites Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 15 votes
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5 Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

Appetizer Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 96 votes
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6 Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipes

Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipes
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 81 votes
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7 Dill Veggie Dip Recipe

Appetizer, Snack Dill Veggie Dip Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 49 votes
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8 Burrata Board Recipe

Appetizer Burrata Board Recipe
Total Time: 26 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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9 Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Appetizer Baked Brie in Puff Pastry
Total Time: 30 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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10 How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Appetizer How to Make a Charcuterie Board
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 5 votes
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Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Take some stress out of the day by including a few easy appetizers. Whether they can be made ahead of time, or whipped up in a flash, there are plenty of easy options to choose from!

11 Spinach Dip Bites Recipe

Appetizer Spinach Dip Bites Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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12 Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Appetizer Cranberry Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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13 Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

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5 from 132 votes
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14 Crock Pot Artichoke Dip Recipe

Appetizer Crock Pot Artichoke Dip Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 27 votes
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15 Brie Phyllo Tarts Recipe

Dessert Brie Phyllo Tarts Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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16 Pull Apart Bread Recipe

Appetizer Pull Apart Bread Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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17 Cream Cheese Sausage Balls Recipe

Appetizer Cream Cheese Sausage Balls Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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18 Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

Appetizer Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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5 from 16 votes
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19 Brie and Pear Tarts Recipe

Appetizer Brie and Pear Tarts Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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20 Crockpot Meatballs Recipe

Appetizer Crockpot Meatballs Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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21 Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe

Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
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22 Easy Bruschetta Recipe

Appetizer Easy Bruschetta Recipe
Total Time: 14 minutes

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Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

It’s nice to include a few healthy options in your appetizer spread. These tasty choices utilize veggies, and are on the lighter side!

23 Veggie Cups Appetizer

Appetizer Veggie Cups Appetizer
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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24 Homemade Hummus Recipe

Side Dish Homemade Hummus Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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25 Caprese Kabobs Recipe

Appetizer Caprese Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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26 Bruschetta Recipe

Appetizer Bruschetta Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

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5 from 1 vote

27 Fruit Kabobs

Side Dish Fruit Kabobs
Total Time: 20 minutes
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28 Cheese Ball Bites Recipe

Appetizer Cheese Ball Bites Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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29 Veggie Tray Recipe

Appetizer Veggie Tray Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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30 Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups Recipe

Appetizer Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes

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Cold Thanksgiving Appetizers

We love to have appetizers out and ready when guests arrive, so they have something to graze on before dinner.

Many of these cold appetizers can be made ahead of time. They can be served with veggies or crackers (that can even be part of a Charcuterie Board).

31 Knorr Spinach Dip

Appetizer, Snack Knorr Spinach Dip
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

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32 Caesar Salad Cups Recipe

Appetizer, Salad Caesar Salad Cups Recipe
Total Time: 14 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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33 Apple Brickle Dip Recipe

Dessert, Snack Apple Brickle Dip Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes

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5 from 19 votes
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34 Pumpkin Pie Dip Recipe

Dessert Pumpkin Pie Dip Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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35 Fruit Dip

Dessert, Snack Fruit Dip
Total Time: 10 minutes

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36 Nutella Dip Recipe

Dessert Nutella Dip Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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37 Cream Cheese Green Chili Dip Recipe

Appetizer Cream Cheese Green Chili Dip Recipe
Total Time: 1 minute
5 from 5 votes
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38 Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe

Dessert Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes

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4.95 from 37 votes
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39 Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Dressing Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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4.97 from 61 votes
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40 Caramel Apple Dip Recipe

Dessert Caramel Apple Dip Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 32 votes
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41 Pineapple Cheese Balls

Appetizer Pineapple Cheese Balls
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes

42 Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Perfect For Grazing

We know that everyone likes to graze on food and snacks while they what for the main meal.

Our go-to appetizer on Thanksgiving day is a Thanksgiving charcuterie board.

What’s great about them is you can easily customize them based on your favorite food and flavors. We love to include:

  • Fruit: grapes, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, dried fruit
  • Vegetables: Red peppers, broccoli, celery, carrots
  • Meats + Cheese cubes (including goat cheese and other cheese for meats and crackers.
  • Extras: Candy Corn, Pumpkin seeds, fresh herbs and more!

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30+ Thanksgiving Appetizers – Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

By: Lil’ Luna
Customize this Thanksgiving charcuterie board with all your favorite meats, cheeses, crackers, veggies, fruits and dips!
Servings: 12
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Equipment

  • Large Wooden Serving Board

Ingredients 

  • 2 small cups dip, I like Ranch and Veggie Dip
  • 15 slices deli pepperoni
  • 8 slices Prosciutto
  • 9 slices deli salami
  • 1/4 cup Colby jack cheese cubes
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese cubes
  • handful blueberries
  • 1-2 cups grapes
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • ½ cup nuts
  • ½ cup candy corn
  • 2 cups round crackers, such as Ritz, Toasteds, Multigrain
  • 1 cup seasoned crisp crackers
  • Have serving prongs or toothpicks near the tray
  • mini pumpkins, for decor
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Instructions 

  • Place the small bowls of dip on opposite sides of the board.
  • Fold, or roll the deli meats. Place the pepperoni along one side of the tray. Put the salami along a different side and the prosciutto on a third side.
  • Add the different cheese cubes on opposite sides of each other.
  • Place the different types of crackers around the board.
  • Finally, fill in any empty spots with the nuts, produce, candy, and mini pumpkins.
  • Be sure to place out serving prongs, toothpicks and small plates near the tray.

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Nutrition

Calories: 278kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 524mg, Potassium: 164mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 58IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 95mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
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A Great Meal Starts with Snacks!

Nothing gets the excitement of a holiday meal like Thanksgiving started better than a tasty appetizer and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect ones for your get-together on this list!

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14 Comments

  1. Joy says:

    5 stars
    I made your Turkey veggie tray last year & it was a huge hit!! I’m making it again this year & we love your spinach artichoke dip!!

  2. Sue says:

    5 stars
    Charcuterie boards seem to be popular this year, I love all the item ideas you used on your board.

  3. Katrina says:

    5 stars
    This is such a great collection of appetizers! The caprese kabobs and pull apart bread are some of my go-to’s! Can’t wait to try the cheese ball bites – they are so fun and easy to serve!

  4. Kim Crausby says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for the great recipes, my family will love them. Happy holidays 🤩

  5. Amy L Huntley says:

    5 stars
    These appetizers look and taste amazing! They look so fancy! Making them this Thanksgiving!

  6. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    What a beautiful charcuterie board!! Those are always a hit with my family. They love gathering around & munching on all the delicious snacks.

  7. Allyssa says:

    5 stars
    Thanks a lot for this amazing and super easy to make thanksgiving appetizers recipes! It’s really tasty and very flavorful! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

  8. kristina says:

    5 stars
    I have 7 siblings and calculating food is always a challenge when are families all get together for the holidays. I really love the tips here about, not just what to make, but how much to bring.

  9. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    These are the perfect start to any Thanksgiving meal and there so darn cute!

  10. Joy says:

    5 stars
    I am so hungry looking at all these recipes! They are sure to keep my guests happy until dinner!