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11 On-The-Fly Appetizers to Keep Hungry Guests Happy

November 21, 2017

In a perfect world, Thanksgiving guests would arrive when they should, all the food would be ready when you wanted it to be, and no one would require a snack to tide them over until turkey time. But—if you didn’t already know—this isn’t a perfect world. And it doesn’t have to be.

Thanksgiving dinner won't unfold exactly the way you planned, but that’s ok. There are workarounds and solutions that can help you in the nick of time. If you’re dealing with an immediate disaster, we recommend heading over to our Thanksgiving hotline, where our editors, recipe testers, and test kitchen chefs are on call to help in your moments of need.

But for all the other times, it helps to have last-minute support in your back pocket refrigerator. And what better way to keep everyone busy than a last-minute snack? We recommend throwing together a few easy appetizers for noshing while you wrap up in the kitchen. These dips, spreads, and bites can be made the day of, then kept in the fridge or on the counter. Maybe these recipes will bring you peace of mind—or just peace and quiet until dinnertime.

Grateful Bread

Don't Spread Yourself Thin

Bite Club

And if all else fails, follow this helpful guide to making sure your guests have a drink in hand as soon as they arrive.

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How do you keep your guests at bay? Let us know your tricks in the comment section below.

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Milena F. November 23, 2017
Wow, some of these sounds heavenly! I’m definitely using at least three:
-Rosemary Walnuts
-Italian Snacking Bread
-Chèvre Devils

Thank you- I love Food 52!

Rprp November 23, 2017
These are wonderful nibbles but come on...last minute magic they're not. All require careful attention, ingredients way beyond pantry staples (A home made bread? Dried cod that needs soaking?). I'm saving most to use but NOT for today when I'm in a complex ballet with bird roasting, pie baking and side-dish juggling. These are great make-aheads but not this year. Except for a tomato but with tuna, from the pantry.
Rprp November 23, 2017
Typo. Auto correct said tomato. I typed tonnato