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Appetizers for Thanksgiving — pastry wrapped baked brie

Half Baked Harvest

If you're having people over for the holidays or any other food-focused holiday, you probably already know you'll be spending the days leading up to Turkey Day in the kitchen. While some elements of the meal (the turkey and desserts) are bound to take some time to prepare, others don't have to. Enter: easy appetizers.

Opt for an assortment of quick and simple dishes that you can leave out at room temperature, so you don't have to think about them until you serve them. 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 10 easy, uncomplicated make-ahead appetizers that take the stress out of entertaining.

Crispy Prosciutto Baked Brie Bites With Honey Pears and Walnuts

Appetizers for Thanksgiving — baked brie bites
Half Baked Harvest

The classic French cheese goes bite-size in this effortless recipe. Simply line muffin tins with phyllo dough, and stuff them with brie, walnuts, prosciutto, and pears to make these crispy baked brie bites. Don't forget to drizzle with honey once they're out of the oven.

Non-Stick Jumbo Muffin Tin
Made By Design Non-Stick Jumbo Muffin Tin $8

Herbed Goat Cheese–Stuffed Mushrooms

Appetizers for Thanksgiving — stuffed mushrooms
Half Baked Harvest

Put a palate-pleasing twist on a classic appetizer with herbed goat cheese stuffed mushrooms. Your guests won't be able to resist these morsels, so make plenty for a hungry crowd. The best part? They're bite-sized, so guests don't have to hold a half-eaten app in their hands while trying to make conversation.

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Pastry-Wrapped Baked Brie With Maple Butter Roasted Apples

Appetizers for Thanksgiving — pastry wrapped baked brie
Half Baked Harvest

Puff pastry is a host's best friend during the holiday season. Use it as the base for this delectable pastry wrapped baked brie, complete with maple butter roasted apples. If you're serving a crowd, make two because this appetizer is bound to go fast.

While this appetizer is beautiful, it can get a bit messy for guests if you serve it as is. We suggest slicing it into equally-sized pieces and arranging it on a tray to pass around.

cutting board
Cliff Spencer for Alasaw Walnut Cutting Board $165

Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

Appetizers for Thanksgiving — pumpkin hummus
Spoon Fork Bacon

Hummus may not be the most American app to serve at dinner, but you can certainly embrace pumpkin season with this flavor-packed roasted pumpkin dip 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 tahini, lemon juice, and garlic, and purée until smooth. Top with pomegranate seeds for a burst of festive color. 

Mortar and pestle
Crate & Barrel French Kitchen Marble Mortar and Pestle $30

Parmesan Garlic Straws

Appetizers for Thanksgiving — parmesan garlic straws
Spoon Fork Bacon

Don't have time to make dough from scratch? Use store-bought pizza dough to create these parmesan garlic straws, which can be served solo or with a homemade dip. They just so happen to be a crowd-pleaser for kids, too.

baking sheets
Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Corrugated Nonstick Half Sheet Pan, Set of 2 $30

Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels

Appetizers for Thanksgiving — pinwheel sandwiches
Minimalist Baker

Perfect for guests of all ages, these sun-dried tomato and basil pinwheels come together in just 15 minutes. Experiment with different fillings like flavored cream cheese, peppers, or spinach to change the colors in each wheel. They may be small, but they're packed with flavor.

Caspian Blue Reactive Glaze Oval Platter
Crate & Barrel Caspian Blue Reactive Glaze Oval Platter $35

Chickpea Shwarma Dip

Appetizers for Thanksgiving — chickpea hummus dip
Minimalist Baker

Another dip from the Mediterranean, this chickpea shawarma dip may make guests forget they're in the U.S. 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. 

Hand Carved Marble & Copper Dip Bowl
West Elm Hand Carved Marble & Copper Dip Bowl $20 $14

Bacon Butternut Arancini With Pumpkin Seed Pesto Dip

Appetizers for Thanksgiving — Bacon Butternut Arancini With Pumpkin Seed Pesto Dip
How Sweet Eats

How Sweet Eats has elevated arancini balls to an entirely new level with this super-easy recipe. Rich bacon and butternut flavors make for an unexpectedly perfect duo, made even better with a pumpkin seed pesto dip. 

Emma Stoneware Beaded Salad Plate
Pottery Barn Emma Stoneware Beaded Salad Plate, Set of 4 $48

Baked Brie and Prosciutto Rolls

Appetizers for Thanksgiving —  Baked Brie and Prosciutto Rolls
Half Baked Harvest

Who doesn't love the combination of crispy puff pastry, gooey brie, and salty prosciutto? Half Baked Harvest understands this winning combo with these baked brie and prosciutto rolls that you can whip up in just 30 minutes. Once they're baked, drizzle them with honey and sprinkle some black pepper, sea salt, and pomegranate seeds on top for a spicy-sweet finish. 

honey pot
Le Creuset Honey Pot $45

Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Appetizers for Thanksgiving — Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
The Modern Proper

For a seasonal dip that every guest will enjoy, look no further than a hearty hot spinach artichoke dip that's baked and served in a cast-iron skillet. This recipe from The Modern Proper is filled with fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, cream cheese, and parmesan cheese. It only takes 30 minutes in the oven and can be served with anything from carrots or tortilla chips to pita bread.

cast iron skillet
Williams Sonoma Lodge Blacklock Triple Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet $30

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