This collection of show-stopping Thanksgiving appetizers and hors d’ oeuvres has something for everyone at the feast. From a salad held in a beautiful pepper and persimmon-melting brie, to glazed dried fruit and cheesy dips, your mouth will be watering even as you’re making your decision of which one to make.Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres and appetizers are my favorite part of the feast.
Okay fine, I’m a pretty big fan of the whole shebang, but there’s something special about those first bites. Know what I mean?
Why are appetizers and hors d’oeuvres important?
They set the mood. And not just the culinary mood, but also the vibe of the gathering. I go for warmly spiced, a variety of textures and deep flavors — because for me, Thanksgiving is a cozy, warm holiday. Oh, and pretty — I like a good looking first bite.
Some of the following Thanksgiving hors d’oeuvres and appetizers are easy to prepare, and some are a bit more complex, and those are the ones that are perfect when you’re a guest contributing to someone else’s feast.
All of these recipes will ensure a super delicious first bite!
Ten Show-Stopping Thanksgiving Appetizers and Hors d’Oeuvres
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Cinnamon Persimmon Bacon Baked Brie
This appetizer is warm, smoky, sweet and over-the-top delicious!Manchego-Prosciutto Port Glazed Fig Bites
A sweet and savory hor d’oeuvre that’s one bite, maybe two, of incredible rich flavors. Caramelized Onion Cabrales Pear Crisp
A crispy wonton holds sweet caramelized onion with melting cabrales and a soft, warmly spiced pear. Cheddar Potato Bites with Cranberry Pecan Onions
These pretty, little bites are a sweet and savory explosion of delicious flavors.
Citrus Mint Caprese Kebabs
Made with tangerines, their vibrant colors and fresh flavors make these stunning kebabs so festive.Gruyère Spinach Dip Recipe with Spices and Artichokes
Full of artichokes, spices and delicious warm flavors, this is a crowd pleaser for sure!Roasted Enjoya Pepper Sweet Potato Rolls
I wrote this recipe for Enjoya.com, and these beauties are a festival of delicious fall flavors!Potato-Pickled Tomato Bites
In this hors d’oeuvre, the varying textures, and the smoky, tangy flavors come together to create incredible deliciousness!Bacon Basil Hasselback Dutch Yellow Potatoes
The smoky bacon and fresh basil, combined with the creamy potato will knock your socks off!