Thanksgiving is just about 1 week away. We repeat: Thanksgiving is in practically 1 week! To help out with the most labor intensive, holiest of cooking holidays, we're giving you a Thanksgiving prep list. This week, we have the appetizers you can make right now, put in the fridge (or freezer!), and forget about until Turkey Day. If you haven't started your Thanksgiving prep, though, it's not too late to catch-up here, here, and here.
While there are a lot of Thanksgiving-appropriate appetizers that can't be made ahead, there are plenty of little bites, spreads, and cracker-like things that can be. And on a day with no shortage of things to do, putting out something simple, like marinated olives or a nice spread atop crackers, feels like a Hail Mary pass.
Spreads that require time in the fridge to develop flavor and reach their full potential are obvious make-ahead appetizers, and most need little more than some good cheese for accompaniment. Here's a shortlist of ideas that can be made and stashed in the fridge until the big day:
You could just buy crackers and call it a Turkey Day, but if you have a bit more time, try one of these:
Cheese straws: Follow this tutorial until the actual "bake" step. Then, place the straws on a baking sheet and into the freezer until frozen solid. Transfer the straws to a plastic bag and store in the freezer until you're ready to bake. When ready to serve, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake as instructed in the tutorial. The straws will likely take a few more minutes to bake from frozen.
Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries: Follow the recipe through part of step 4, making indentations in the dough, but not filling with fig jam. Pop the dough rounds, on a baking sheet, into the freezer until frozen, then place into a plastic bag. When ready to bake, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, fill with fig jam, and bake as instructed. Again, know that savouries baked from frozen will likely take a few minutes longer than the recipe notes.
Orange-Kissed Seed Crackers: Store the baked, cooled crackers in an airtight container. That's it!
Little Mushroom Pinwheels: Follow the recipe through step 4, wrapping and freezing the entire un-sliced roll. When ready to bake, allow the roll to thaw at room temperature inside the freezer bag until you can cut it into pinwheels without using too much force. Then, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cook as instructed.