20 Out-of-This-World Thanksgiving Day Appetizers

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I’ve written about my love for things in bowls, for finger foods, and for snacks—basically, anything that makes a meal feel more casual and relaxed seems to make it taste better, in my book. And on Thanksgiving, I’m all about grazing, that magical, hours-long, everyone-hanging-around-and-munching-while-the-turkey-cooks period. As delicious as turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes are, digging into entrées around a table isn’t quite the same slow, chill, wine-sipping experience.

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On the assumption that some people also love noshing on cheese and charcuterie as much as I do, I’ve collected 20 excellent Thanksgiving Day appetizer recipes. They’re a perfect prelude to the main event—just make sure you stop before you’re too full to enjoy dinner. (I speak from experience.)

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Cranberry and Walnut Pinwheels
Cranberry and Walnut Pinwheels
Warm Butternut Squash with Gruyere and Pistachios
Warm Butternut Squash with Gruyere and Pistachios
Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Balsamic Glaze
Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Balsamic Glaze
Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Dip
Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Dip
Brie with Caramelized Onions, Prosciutto, and Fig Jam
Brie with Caramelized Onions, Prosciutto, and Fig Jam
Spicy Cranberry Salsa
Spicy Cranberry Salsa
Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip
Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip
Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer
Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer
Butternut Squash Fritters
Butternut Squash Fritters
Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies
Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies
Candied Bacon Baked Brie
Candied Bacon Baked Brie
Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapenos
Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapenos
Garlic Herb Tomato Goat Cheese Dip
Garlic Herb Tomato Goat Cheese Dip
Pistachio Goat Cheese Appetizer
Pistachio Goat Cheese Appetizer
Warm Goat Cheese Fritters
Warm Goat Cheese Fritters
Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta
Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Apple Pecan Brie Bites
Apple Pecan Brie Bites
Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce
Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce
Mushroom Bacon Swiss Crostini
Mushroom Bacon Swiss Crostini

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  • Cranberry and Walnut Pinwheels
  • Warm Butternut Squash with Gruyere and Pistachios
  • Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Balsamic Glaze
  • Butternut Squash Goat Cheese Dip
  • Brie with Caramelized Onions, Prosciutto, and Fig Jam
  • Spicy Cranberry Salsa
  • Salted Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Dip
  • Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizer
  • Butternut Squash Fritters
  • Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies
  • Candied Bacon Baked Brie
  • Bacon-Wrapped Cheesy Stuffed Jalapenos
  • Garlic Herb Tomato Goat Cheese Dip
  • Pistachio Goat Cheese Appetizer
  • Warm Goat Cheese Fritters
  • Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta
  • Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Apple Pecan Brie Bites
  • Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce
  • Mushroom Bacon Swiss Crostini
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