Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

Thanksgiving Blues by Norman Rockwell

If I were a better blogger, I would have prepared my Thanksgiving appetizers weeks in advance and shared beautiful photos and recipes with you here; leaving enough time before the holiday in case you all were looking for ideas.  At the very least, I would have made them last night and still taken some pictures with my iphone to include in this post.

Instead, I got home last night and realized that the city was picking up yard bags today and if there was any hope of getting things tidied up before the sun went down and this helacious weather rolled in overnight, I best get to it as soon as I got home.  Also, I am a weakling.  Two hours and twelve paper bags later, there was no way I was going to the grocery store when there were perfectly good sweatpants and a couch in my house.  I was down for the count.

So let’s move on.  Since I will be one of the crazy people going to the grocery store after work tonight, I thought I’d share a couple of my tried and true recipes from around the internet in case you’re looking for something easy and delightful to bring to the big show tomorrow. I’ve even broken it down into a couple categories

For those of you that are hosting and/or pulling off the bulk of the Thanksgiving meal on your own, I salute you.  I, for one, am happy thankful to still have other family members who love hosting large family gatherings with all the fixings and only expect me to contribute the easy stuff.

Crostini (aka yummy things on toast)

Just about anyone will be happy with a little bite of something on toast.  This is a great way to use up leftovers in your fridge and pantry.  Here are a couple favorites that I’ve made before:

Lemon and Thyme Bruschetta

Smoked Salmon Toasts with Mustard Butter

Two-Bite Wonders 

Roasted Winter Squash and Onion Turnovers Do yourself a favor and buy pre-made pie crust.  No one will know and your time will be cut in half.

Cheese Straws

Mini-Quiche!

These are so much easier than you think.  Buy a couple of mini-muffin tins from HomeGoods and give it a shot.  These also freeze really well so set up an assembly line, make a double batch, and store the extra for Christmas!

Crustless Mini-Quiche I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made these.

Pesto Ricotta Pie Take it from me, skip the phyllo and use pre-made pie crust. Either make a full-size one and cut it into small pieces or, make them miniature.  It’s my favorite recipe right now.

No Cooking Required

When it comes to entertaining, I follow Ina Garten’s rule of always having a couple of things that you just have to assemble on a platter the day of a party.  Buy the best components you can and   Here are a couple of ideas.

Cheese Plate: Chose one hard, one soft, and one blue or aged cheese.  Better yet, go to a fancier grocery store or specialty shop and ask them to pick three for you.  Add two types of crackers or baguette slices.  As far as accoutrements, throw in a jar of fig jam or honey, some sliced fruit like apples or pears, and something savory like salted nuts or slices of smoked sausage.  Don’t forget the knives!

Wine: This is a classic “thing to bring” for a reason.  Here’s our post from last year on some great picks for fall wines.

Relish Tray:  Is this a family tradition for you guys too?  My mom always makes one at Christmas for my uncle and puts it right in front of his plate.  It’s a little old-fashioned but the premise is pretty great.  Something salty and tangy that’s not too filling, no cheese, no carbs, and vegetarian! Pickles are so hot right now! Ours usually consists of mixed pickles, celery sticks, and some olives but it would be great to mix in some fancier pickled veggies.  Grab a couple jars, drain, and arrange to your heart’s content.  Cut-glass relish dish optional.

We’ll be taking the rest of the week off to celebrate, eat, and (in my case at least) work on Friday in the Ghost Town of Boston.  I hope everyone has a lovely holiday.  I think it goes without saying that I’m very thankful for all of you that take the time to stop in here.  Happy Thanksgiving!!