7 Fast and Easy Appetizers for Thanksgiving
While I love putting together a spread of intricate and delicious appetizers for a special occasion, there is one time of year when I always make fast, easy, fuss-free hors d'oeuvres: Thanksgiving. Why? If you’re spending days in the kitchen brining a turkey, simmering stock, and baking pies, the last thing you want to worry about is a bunch of finicky finger foods.
Instead, opt for an assortment of quick and simple dishes that can be left out at room temperature without spoiling. Think 15-minute sun-dried tomato and basil pinwheels, parmesan garlic straws, or, if you only have a moment to spare, a fail-safe smoked salmon platter. Here are seven uncomplicated and speedy appetizers that take the stress out of entertaining on Thanksgiving.
Chicpea Shwarma Dip
Ditch store-bought dips for this quick and easy to make chickpea shawarma dip by The Minimalist Baker. Unlike preservative-packed top-shelf varieties, this wholesome dip is rich in fiber and plant-based protein, thanks to the natural ingredients like garlic, dill, tomatoes, and, of course, chickpeas. Give it a gourmet touch by layering parsley salad and garlic herb sauce on top.
Radishes With Butter and Herbed Salt
Smoked Salmon Platter
PICK A PLATTER:
Asparagus, Bacon, and Goat Cheese Tart
Roasted Pumpkin Hummus
Embrace pumpkin season with this flavor-packed roasted pumpkin hummus by Spoon Fork Bacon. If you're in a rush, it's surprisingly easy to whip up. After baking pumpkin halves for 45 minutes, scoop the flesh into a blender with seasoning like tahini, lemon juice, and garlic, and puree until smooth. Top with pomegranate seeds for a burst of festive color.
PLATE IT UP:
Parmesan Garlic Straws
Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels