>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 pumpkin hummus dip. Here are seven uncomplicated and speedy appetizers that take the stress out of entertaining on Thanksgiving.
Crispy Prosciutto Baked Brie Bites With Honey Pears and Walnuts
Herbed Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Pastry Wrapped Baked Brie With Maple Butter Roasted Apples
Pick a Platter
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.
Parmesan Garlic Straws
Serve 'Em Up
Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels
Chickpea Shwarma Dip
Ditch store-bought dips for this quick and easy-to-make chickpea shawarma dip. Unlike preservative-packed, grocery-store-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.
This article was originally published on November 2, 2016, and has since been updated.