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Appetizers for Thanksgiving: Finger Foods So Finger Lickin’ Good source: recipetineats.com

Appetizers for Thanksgiving: Finger Foods So Finger Lickin’ Good


Written by Jessica Moore


It’s time to gobble up some finger foods.

We can’t think of anything better than rollin’ up to a Friendsgiving party with a massive spread of finger-lickin’ finger foods, no forks or spoons required.

Instead of scratching your head wondering what impressive dish to make on a moment’s notice, take a stab at these tried and true recipes that are quick and easy to make, require few ingredients, and are super scrumptious. You’re gonna wish you had more than 10 fingers with these delightful last-minute Thanksgiving appetizers. You’ll be the life of the party at Thanksgiving dinner!

OH and P.S. these tasty Thanksgiving recipes call for Thanksgiving drink pairings! Check out our favorite fall drinks that will work perfectly with these autumn appetizers.

Mini Green Bean Casseroles

small pastries on a rectangle plate topped with green bean casserole and fried onions source: momlovesbaking.com


These green casserole bites still put the comfort in comfort food, but let’s just say the presentation is a bit more….hors-d’oeuvres-snazzy.  Mom Loves Baking’s version of a classic Thanksgiving staple keeps things on the lighter side before you carve that turkey. Beautifully flaky, these cute mini bites will probably be the first to run out at your feast, so make extra!


Avocado Deviled Eggs

super bowl appetizer deviled eggs source: ammessavorydish.com


Deviled eggs: the ultimate classic finger food. Amee’s Savory Dish’s recipe is just a little bit different than your mama’s, adding some gorgeous green to the creamy mix!

Ripe avocados give this classic pre-feast snack a healthy makeover. These deviled eggs make great Thanksgiving appetizers to munch on while you anticipate turkey time.

Don’t forget a dash paprika on these lil eggs–I think we can all agree that a sprinkle of paprika makes all the difference. You can even make them a tad spicy and more colorful by adding a sprinkle of crushed red pepper.


Oven Baked Pickle Chips

super bowl appetizer pickle chips source: melaniemakes.com


Forget the frying–bake your own pickle chips! Melanie Makes cooked up this incredible recipe that includes horseradish chipotle sauce that you can whip up for your other fried foods. These pickle chips are perfect for snacking while catching up with the fam and enjoying a pre-dinner drink!


Cheese Ball Bites

a loaded cheese ball covered in bacon held by a pretzel stick source: delish.com


Oooh the thought of cheese balls at family parties. But instead of your fam huddling over one massive ball of cheese to pick at with pita chips, Delish has come up with a more convenient way to put cheese in your mouth, which makes all of us think, well why didn’t we come up with these appetizers for Thanksgiving before?

We’re talkin’ cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and other delicious ingredients, covered in finely chopped bacon. Place a pretzel stick in the center, and you’ve got lil portable snack balls of cheese, which is everyone’s dream, right?

You can also eat these cute cocktail one-bite wonders with olives and your favorite crackers. Serve a cheesy trifecta by adding blue cheese to the mix!

Not into meat? Cover these balls with crushed pistachios instead.


Smoked Salmon Appetizer Bites

smoked salmon appetizers with dill and toothpicks on cutting board source: recipetineats.com


Skip the crostinis this year. For light hors-d’oeuvres with a touch of refinement, say hello to tiny smoked salmon appetizers by Recipe Tin Eats, made with just 8 ingredients, including cream cheese, salmon, dill, lemon juice, and tortillas. These are ridiculously simple to assemble and travel with to your gatherings.

Hey, why not make this fine appetizer for all your dinner parties year ‘round? They’re just so elegant and require almost zero effort. Let your friends know compliments like, “Damn, girl you made these? But how?!” are totally welcome. Add some goat cheese for a pleasantly tart and earthy flavor.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry-BBQ Meatballs

cranberry bbq meatballs with toothpicks on a plate


Bite-size meatballs work great as an appetizer or a side dish. Loaded with seasonal flavor, these cranberry BBQ meatballs by Tastes Better From Scratch have just enough sweet and tang. Oh, and hey, you get to make these super-easy meatballs in a slow cooker. Winning.


Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels

a plate of sun-dried tomato and basil pin wheels finger foods source: minimalistbaker.com


Roll ‘em up! This is easy Thanksgiving at its finest. Nothing says the holidays like red and green together. Take a bite out of the season by making these very easy, very creamy sun-dried tomato and basil pinwheels by the Minimalist Baker. They look like Xmas but taste like pizza. The crisp basil is so fresh in this dish, guaranteed to please your crowd.


Pumpkin Seed Spread

a bowl of pumpkin dip, finger foods source: foodwishes.com


Give the hummus spread and spinach dip a break and do Thanksgiving right by servin’ up a different dip! If you’re a regular on YouTube and watch cooking vids 24/7 (guilty) and you’re not following Chef John from FoodWishes.com, what are you actually doing with your life? Do you really want to go on in life without this decadent roasted pumpkin seed dip recipe? Because you shouldn’t and you deserve so much better than that.


Turkey, Cranberry & Brie Egg Rolls

thanksgiving appetizers turkey cranberry brie egg rolls source: reciperunner.com


You read that right: Recipe Runner is keeping things interesting by merging our fave Thanksgiving staples in crunchy egg roll form!

These rolls have turkey inside, so they’re toootally festive. And with cranberry and brie baked into the mix, it’s a fusion like no other. These deep-fried egg rolls will be the most delectable mash-up of the season, we promise.

Looking for something special to drink all this down? Try our tasty spiced bourbon recipe, because who doesn’t like a lil bourbon?


Chocolate Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

a plate of strawberries with chocolate cheesecake filling source: tipbuzz.com


Oh, you think we forgot dessert? Yeah, right! After eating all the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce you can handle, you gotta make room after dinner for these refreshing mini chocolate strawberry desserts. Thanks, Tipbuzz for making our dreams come true. So portable, so balanced with the chocolate and fresh strawberries, these light treats only take 15 minutes to make.


Easy Caramel Apple Monkey Bread

tasting caramel apple monkey bread source: justataste.com


Mmm baked monkey bread: the ultimate finger food dessert. Just a Taste’s monkey bread is sweet and sticky, and the baked Granny Smith apples with cinnamon are packed with autumn flavors you love. And only 6 ingredients? Get your bundt pan ready. This recipe is dangerous in the best way.