5 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

    Maple, Walnut, and Bacon Brie Bites

    Looking for something quick and easy?  This recipe has a nice combo of salty and sweet and will be a (small) crowd-pleaser. 


    Maple, Walnut, and Bacon Brie Bites

    Ingredients

    • 8 mini (.9 ounces each) Brie wheels
    • 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts 
    • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 
    • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 
    • 5 slices cooked bacon, chopped 
    • Sliced scallions, for garnish

     

    Steps

    1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
    2. On a baking sheet or oven-safe serving platter, bake the Brie wheels until warm to the touch and slightly oozy, 3 to 5 minutes.
    3. In a small bowl, combine the walnuts, maple syrup, vinegar, and bacon. Top each warmed Brie bite with a spoonful of the maple syrup mixture. Garnish with scallions. Serve immediately.

    Recipe Here

     

    Stuffed Mushrooms

    Everyone’s party favorite - stuffed mushrooms. This simple, easy to follow recipe will serve up some of the most delicious stuffed mushrooms you’ve ever tasted! Stuffed Mushrooms

     

    Ingredients: 

    • 1/2 cup Italian-style dried bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
    • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 28 large (2 1/2-inch-diameter) white mushrooms, stemmed

     

    Steps

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Stir the bread crumbs, Pecorino Romano, garlic, parsley, mint, salt, and pepper, to taste, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium bowl to blend.
    3. Drizzle a heavy large baking sheet with about 1 tablespoon olive oil, to coat. Spoon the filling into the mushroom cavities and arrange on the baking sheet, cavity side up. Drizzle remaining oil over the filling in each mushroom. Bake until the mushrooms are tender and the filling is heated through and golden on top, about 25 minutes. Serve.

    Recipe Here

     

    Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

    This plate is a great (and easy) make-ahead dish for Thanksgiving. Whether it be a nice appetizer, or even for dessert.  It’s a nice combo of savory and sweet and easy to serve for small crowds (and when the world allows it, larger crowds too)!Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

     

    Ingredients: 

    • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) mascarpone cheese, a room temperature
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 16 Medjool dates (12 ounces), pitted
    • 8 thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise

     

    Steps: 

    1. In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses and basil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    2. Gently pull the dates apart and stuff with about 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese mixture. Close the dates around the filling. Wrap a piece of prosciutto around each date and secure with a toothpick.
    3. Arrange the stuffed dates on a platter and serve.

    Recipe Here

     

    Mashed Potato Bombs

    Looking to make a crowd favorite comfort food appetizer/side plate?  These mashed potato bombs are absolutely delicious and will have everyone asking you for this recipe! 

     

    Ingredients: Mashed Potato Bombs

    • 1 Box of Instant Mashed Potatoes, prepare the serving size for 6, and follow the package directions for preparing to omit the milk. (you will use only salt, butter, and water)
    • 1 Cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
    • 3/4 Cup of Sour Cream
    • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
    • 1 Tbsp of Paprika
    • 3 Tbsp of Water
    • 1 Whole Egg & 1 Egg Yolk

     

    You will need mini muffin pans for this dish. If you do not have them, use a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Your bombs won't be as high as the mini muffin tin variety, but they will be just as tasty. The mini muffin tins will make 24 bombs.

     

    The steps are as follows:

    1. Mix the cheese and sour cream with the prepared potatoes, stir well until combined. Add the black pepper. Let the mixture cool to room temp.
    2. In a separate bowl whisk together the whole egg and egg yolk. Fold into the potato mixture once it is cooled to room temp.
    3. Next, take a Ziploc bag and add the potato mixture to one corner of the bag.
    4. Spray your mini muffin tins with spray oil.
    5. cut a small tip off the corner of the bag and fill each circle in the tin with the mixture. I make an up and down motion with the bag to make layers.
    6. In a bowl, combine the paprika and the water and mix it into a paste.
    7. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the potato puffs.
    8. Heat oven to 350 degrees and place the pans in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, in the last 2 minutes of cooking turn on the broiler and broil for 2 minutes keeping a close eye so they don’t burn.
    9. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 to 20 minutes, then lift each bomb from the pan carefully.

    Recipe Here

     

    Spiced Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

    Another party favorite! Everyone loves a delicious deviled egg, this Thanksgiving takes your deviled eggs to the next level with this spiced pumpkin deviled egg recipe. 

     

    Ingredients: Spiced Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

    • 12 Boiled Eggs cut in half lengthwise
    • 3/4 tsp Chili Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Paprika
    • 1/2 tsp Yellow Mustard
    • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
    • 2 tbsp Pumpkin Puree
    • 1 Green Onion for stems

     

    Steps: 

    1. Remove yolks from each egg half and place them in a medium bowl. Set whites aside.
    2. Use a fork to completely mash up yolks.
    3. Add mayonnaise, mustard, pumpkin, chili powder, and paprika to yolks. Blend until smooth.
    4. Fill each egg white and make sure it's nicely rounded. Use a toothpick to draw lines resembling a pumpkin.
    5. Add a small piece of green onion to make a stem.
    6. Refrigerate for 1 hour

    Recipe Here

     

    Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays and it’s a perfect time for family and friends to come together.  This year will most likely look a bit different in everyone’s household, so allowing for some extra special decor  and appetizers makes everything a bit happier.  Looking for a little help to plan out the whole day? Check out the 5 Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces or read our Thanksgiving planning guide!

     

    If you make any of these recipes over the holidays, send us your pictures on Facebook or Instagram!

     

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    Author: Jenna Ga