We’re all guilty of skimping a little on breakfast or lunch before Thanksgiving, thinking you’re saving room for all those amazing sides and the turkey, of course. But now it’s 3 p.m. and you’re getting more than a little hangry waiting for the food to hit the table. This is where Thanksgiving appetizers come in. Planning a shareable snack to come out a little ahead of the main meal will keep everyone feeling chipper without spoiling their supper altogether. (Besides, everyone should probably eat a little something to soak up those delicious Thanksgiving cocktails you have planned.)
Listen, being hangry isn’t fun for anyone. Thanksgiving is a time when relatives from all over the map and the political spectrum come together, and conversations can get heated without any help. The last thing you need is a room full of on-edge guests and a hungry, grumpy, conspiracy-theorist uncle who hasn’t eaten since this morning. So, it’s good to have a Thanksgiving appetizer recipe or two in mind to tide them over until the main event.
You may want to keep things incredibly simple — especially if you’re already cooking a ton, and therefore short on time and space in the oven — or maybe you want to get a little more elaborate if you’re taking a dish to a friend’s house. In any case, there’s a perfect shareable dish here for you.
So there you have it — loads of inspiration for the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer. Hopefully you find the perfect shareable your family will love, that’s light enough not to ruin their appetite but yummy enough to hold them over ‘til dinner.