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Pre-Feast Nibbles, Snacks, and Bites for the Peckish

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You may think that appetizers are "too much" before the culinary marathon that is Thanksgiving. This is where you are wrong—because if your family and friends are anything like mine, that assumption could get you in trouble for two reasons:

A) The food is never ready as early as you'd planned.

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B) Everyone arrives at Thanksgiving starving, stomachs empty in preparation for the big meal.

These two things together—with some wine or big-batch cocktails thrown in—can have disastrous, hangry results. Thanksgiving is stressful enough. Give your guests some appetizers to warm-up for the feast, and no one will care one whit that the turkey actually needs another hour before it's go-time.

If you're not sure what exactly one eats before Thanksgiving, start with some of these hors d'oeuvres from our Thanksgiving Menu Generator (plus a few extras thrown in for good measure).

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Cheese and/or crackers

Cheese Sables with Rosemary Salt
Cheese Sables with Rosemary Salt
Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries

Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries by TheRunawaySpoon

Heidi Swanson’s Parmesan Cheese Spread

Heidi Swanson’s Parmesan Cheese Spread by Genius Recipes

Baked Ricotta with Mushroom Confit and Balsamic Brown Butter

Baked Ricotta with Mushroom Confit and Balsamic Brown Butter by Ali Slagle

Baked Olive, Tomato, and Feta Dip

Baked Olive, Tomato, and Feta Dip by Kendra Vaculin

mostly vegetables

Crudités with Feta Pistachio Dip
Crudités with Feta Pistachio Dip
Bagna Cauda (Hot Garlic and Anchovy Sauce)

Bagna Cauda (Hot Garlic and Anchovy Sauce) by Emiko

Creamy Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Creamy Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms by ADRIENE

Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip
Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip

make-ahead

Hard Squash Hummus
Hard Squash Hummus
Little Mushroom Pinwheels

Little Mushroom Pinwheels by inpatskitchen

Garlic-Orange-Rosemary Marinated Olives

Garlic-Orange-Rosemary Marinated Olives by Kendra Vaculin

Chevre Devils

Chevre Devils by gingerroot

Toasty Roasted Chickpeas, Cajun Style

Toasty Roasted Chickpeas, Cajun Style by anotherfoodieblogger

snack mixes

Hot Honey-Sesame Snacky Mix
Hot Honey-Sesame Snacky Mix
Laurie Colwin's Rosemary Walnuts

Laurie Colwin's Rosemary Walnuts by Food52

Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Sweet and Spicy Nuts by Food52

How to Make Snack Mix Without a Recipe, Savory or Sweet
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How to Make Snack Mix Without a Recipe, Savory or Sweet

toasts

Crostini with Roasted Grapes, Vanilla Yogurt, and Fresh Basil
Crostini with Roasted Grapes, Vanilla Yogurt, and Fresh Basil
Smoked Trout Paté

Smoked Trout Paté by healthierkitchen

Burrata and Olive Tapenade Crostini

Burrata and Olive Tapenade Crostini by timmytwinkle

Squash Butter Crostini with Blue Cheese, Celery, and Bacon
Squash Butter Crostini with Blue Cheese, Celery, and Bacon

What appetizers (if any) do you serve before Thanksgiving? Tell us below!

Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!
Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!

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