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

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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.

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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

Raspberry and Beet Chèvre

Raspberry and Beet Chèvre by Sarah Owens

ABC Kitchen’s Butternut Squash on Toast

ABC Kitchen’s Butternut Squash on Toast by Kenzi Wilbur

Italian Snacking Bread

Italian Snacking Bread by inpatskitchen

Crostini with Roasted Grapes, Vanilla Yogurt, and Fresh Basil

Crostini with Roasted Grapes, Vanilla Yogurt, and Fresh B... by Josh Cohen

Don't Spread Yourself Thin

Marc Forgione's Salt Cod "Tonnato" with Crudité

Marc Forgione's Salt Cod "Tonnato" with Crudité by Food52

Jacques Pépin's Fromage Fort

Jacques Pépin's Fromage Fort by Genius Recipes

Heidi Swanson’s Parmesan Cheese Spread
Heidi Swanson’s Parmesan Cheese Spread

Bite Club

Party Pretzel Bites

Party Pretzel Bites by fiveandspice

Laurie Colwin's Rosemary Walnuts

Laurie Colwin's Rosemary Walnuts by Food52

Smoky Fried Chickpeas

Smoky Fried Chickpeas by Aliwaks

Chevre Devils

Chevre Devils by gingerroot

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

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

Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!
Automagic Thanksgiving Menu Maker!

Tags: appetizers, easy, thanksgiving, day of, last-minute