During the holiday season, the concept of a potluck can short circuit even the most seasoned party planner. This is especially true during Thanksgiving. But don’t be the guest who shows up with a bag of chips and store-bought dip. And don’t be the host who puts some deli trays on the table and calls it charcuterie. These top 10 Thanksgiving appetizers — with video instructions — will show you how to add some dazzle to your holiday season.
1. Nine Mind-Blowing Food Rings
The folks over at Tasty never fail to disappoint. These nine food rings are not just impressive to look at, there’s a flavor profile here for everyone. Bring the Chili Cheese Pig in a Blanket or the Blooming Quesadilla Ring, and you’ll own the next food buffet.
2. Pumpkin Shaped Cheese Ball
This appetizer isn’t the mystery cheese ball your grandmother put out to be fancy. Cream cheese, veggies, and zesty ranch dip, in a fun fall shape, make this an easy and delicious party appetizer.
3. Fall Appetizer Toasts from Sunset
The foodies at Sunset know how to amp up the volume here. They offer up cranberry relish and goat cheese, roasted grape and ricotta, and roasted squash with arugula pesto on toats (or crostini). Each of these little bites packs a punch of fall flavors.
4. Baked Stuffed Brie
Baked Brie is one of the dishes that is synonymous with the holidays. This recipe shows how simple is it to pull off this classic dish.
5. Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts, Candied Yam Stacks, and Stuffing Bites
The flavors of Thanksgiving in small bites. Any of these will be the hit of the party. To be honest, we think these could double as side dishes as easily as appetizers.
6. Cheese and Chicken Pine Cone Ball
This recipe takes a garlicky, cheesy chicken dip and covers it in almonds to make a beautiful pine cone-shaped appetizer. This treat could grace the buffet of a sophisticated dinner party or game day buffet.
7. Soup Shooters, Marinated Feta, Garlic Spinach Dip, and Salmon Spears
The stress of a last-minute dish might cause you to fall back on a box of frozen snacks. Sure, they’re easy, but it doesn’t take much work to offer something a little more special. And Food Network’s got you covered. These last-minute appetizers keep is creative without tons of prep. You got this!
8. Three Puff Pastry Appetizers
If you’ve got a little time, these three appetizers can be made a week in advance. What better way to serve party food than something you made, that goes from the freezer to the oven to the table? The recipes for the mushroom tartlets, fig and brie braid, and sausage and cheese pinwheels include how to freeze the food or cook it right away.
9. Pumpkin Hummus
Hummus is a crowd-pleaser. This recipe adds pumpkin puree and fall spices to make a hummus that’s unique and delicious.
10. How to Craft the Perfect Charcuterie Board
A charcuterie board is not just cheese and salami. This “Chris Cooks” video walks you through the how and why of charcuterie. He explains how to pair items for your board that not only impress visually but complement each other in taste. There are several examples of different boards to inspire you.
Thanksgiving parties are upon us and these helpful tips and recipes for appetizers will make sure you bring your a-game to the party. Whether you are a host or guest, these top 10 Thanksgiving appetizers should inspire everyone from the home chef to the inexperienced cook who wants to avoid the premade snack aisle. Above all, the flavors here are all about fall and sure to impress everyone at the party.