Try these delicious make-ahead appetizers to serve before your Thanksgiving meal this year. These appetizers could be served an hour or two before the meal just to tease or whet the appetite of family members or guests while their waiting for the arrival of the Turkey and all of the other trimmings.
These pecans can be prepared and stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to one week. The following recipe serves 8 and takes 20 minutes for preparation.
Ingredients needed: 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/8 cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, 2 cups pecan halves, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary.
Directions: Heat oven to 375 degrees. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in sugar, cayenne pepper, kosher salt. Add the pecans and toss to coat.
Transfer the pecans to a rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Bake, stirring occasionally until toasted, 10 to 12 minutes.
Add the rosemary and toss to combine. Serve warm or store and serve at room temperature.
Wild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Pockets is a make-ahead appetizer you can have ready to pop in your oven when guests arrive early or you can make a head and freeze until you need them. To get this wonderful appetizer recipe, click here.
This Hot Spinach Dip is a favorite appetizer during the holidays and this recipe can be made ahead up to step 2, (3) days in advance, covered and refrigerated, then finished up and baked in the oven on Thanksgiving Day! Use frozen spinach to save time and you will have mouths salivating at the smell of this delish appetizer dish. Serve with breadsticks, but not too many, you still want everyone hungry when the main attraction (turkey and trimmings) make an appearance.
Try this Thanksgiving Cheese Ball Recipe. Cheese balls are great as make-ahead appetizers. This is a recipe that is easy and made in your food processor. I find cheese balls easier to roll if you chill the mixture first. This recipe can be made ahead and frozen days or weeks ahead of Thanksgiving.
Cheddar Cheese Bite-Sized Biscuits is a recipe that I’m sure would be appreciated on a crisp Thanksgiving Day in anticipation of the big meal!
All of the sources in this article have many more make-ahead Thanksgiving appetizers for you to explore and decide which ones are just right for your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving to all!