13 No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers That’ll Keep Your Guests Happy Until Dinner

13 No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers That’ll Keep Your Guests Happy Until Dinner
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Thanksgiving dinner is the best meal of the year. Fittingly, it also requires a ton of advance preparation and day-of cooking. If you stay organized and gather all the necessary ingredients and recipes ahead of time, hosting a great Thanksgiving dinner can be a ton of fun—but even the most experienced cooks sometimes struggle to get the main course on the table in a timely manner. So, enter: no-cook Thanksgiving appetizers.

To prevent hungry guests from constantly asking when Thanksgiving dinner will be ready (or worse, hovering over you in the kitchen), it’s smart to put out a spread of appetizers that will keep people busy and happy while you put the finishing touches on the turkey.

And there’s no reason these appetizers should add to your overall cooking load. To keep things as easy for yourself as possible, pick a few of the no-cook appetizers ahead for your upcoming Thanksgiving feast. Most of them travel well too, so they’re great if you’re not the one hosting.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

Cranberry sauce doesn’t get enough attention on the dinner table, so it’s wise to highlight the sweet-tart fruit in your appetizer spread as well.STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

Use any leftover smoked salmon from these simple canapés for a quick Black Friday breakfast.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

Crisp apples, creamy Brie and sweet honey make for an elegant and tasty app.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

Use fresh or dried figs for this easy salad that works as an appetizer or as a side dish.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

These adorable cheeseballs are pretty hands-on, but that means they’re also a great way to keep your kids busy as you do most of the cooking before your guests arrive.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

No cutlery necessary for these sweet-savory skewers.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

No easy appetizer spread is complete without a cheese board. You really can’t go wrong, but there are ways to make yours stand out.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

This no-cook spinach-artichoke dip is mega-satisfying, and it packs a healthy dose of greens.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

Noticing a fruit-cheese-prosciutto theme? That’s because it’s the perfect flavor combination, and it’s effortlessly classy.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

No need to wait until dessert to get your pumpkin fix. This easy hummus gets an earthy kick from canned pumpkin purée and tastes great with pita, tortilla chips or raw veggies.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

Craving something salty? These simple skewers fit the bill.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

Pinwheels aren’t always the classiest appetizer at the party, but this feta-cranberry rendition is colorful and balanced enough to impress.

STYLECASTER | No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers

There’s nothing inherently Thanksgiving-y about pimento cheese. If you’ve ever tried it, though, you know it makes any party significantly more delicious.

This story was originally published on SheKnows.

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