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The best Thanksgiving appetizer recipes to make your holiday meal complete. Impress your guests with 52 recipes sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The best Thanksgiving appetizer recipes to make your holiday meal complete. Impress your guests with 52 recipes sure to be a crowd pleaser. Easy and delicious appetizer recipes. #eatingonadime #appetizers #thanksgiving
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The best Thanksgiving appetizer recipes

We have compiled a list of easy thanksgiving appetizers. These recipes include something for everyone to enjoy.

From easy to make Thanksgiving dips and cheese ball recipes to hearty finger foods, there so many easy and delicious options.

What do you serve before Thanksgiving dinner?

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is something I have always enjoyed. When guests arrive, I like to have a couple of appetizers for everyone to enjoy.

This helps keep hunger at bay while lunch or dinner is finishing being prepared. The key is to keep everything simple

You want to fix easy appetizers like our pinwheel recipes that don’t add any stress. I prefer recipes that I can make ahead and guests can snack on before dinner.

Some ideas include a cheese ball, spinach artichoke dip, deviled eggs or anything easy to make ahead.

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What are most popular appetizers?

Sweet and savory appetizers always make a popular choice. Everyone always enjoys Candied Bacon and Grape Jelly Meatballs.

Other popular choices include bite size sausage balls, stuffed mushrooms and baked brie with puff pastry.

I also like to add a vegetable tray. This can easily be made in advance and provides something healthy to snack on.

Easy appetizer ideas for Thanksgiving

Get ready for the absolute easiest and best appetizers to prepare for Thanksgiving. The recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. There are options for everyone including gluten free and more.

1. Sausage Balls Recipe

This appetizer is always a popular choice for holidays. Sausage Balls make the perfect appetizer and take very little time to make.

Easy Sausage Balls Recipe
Everyone will love this easy Sausage Balls Recipe! Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe is the perfect appetizer.Try this yummy Sausage Balls Recipe for parties!
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2. Garlic and Onion Cheddar Cheese Ball

Whip up this savory cheese ball with cream cheese, garlic and more. It is so tasty with crackers.

Garlic and Onion Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe
The best appetizer for the holidays: Try this simple Garlic cheese ball recipe. This entire family will love this Garlic and onion Cheese ball recipe.
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3. Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

The combination of ranch and bacon never disappoint. It results in a fabulous appetizer with this easy cheese ball.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
Need an easy appetizer recipe? Try this bacon ranch cheese ball recipe! You are going to love this easy bacon cheese ball recipe. It is the best!
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4. Pepperoni Cheese Ball

Guests can enjoy all the flavors of pizza in this easy pepperoni cheese ball.

Pepperoni Cheese Ball
Try this Pepperoni Cheese Ball next time you are hosting a gathering. It is delicious and is perfect for any holiday! Enjoy the pizza flavoring in this cheese ball recipe.
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5. Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

If you need a super fast appetizer, Little Smokies take minutes to prepare and taste amazing.

Bacon wrapped little smokies
Everyone loves this really easy appetizer recipe. This quick and easy Bacon wrapped little smokies recipe is the best and the perfect football appetizer.
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6. Cranberry Jello Salad

Only 3 ingredients is needed to make this sweet and delicious jello salad.

Cranberry Jello Salad
Cranberry Jello salad is the perfect dish to serve with turkey and more. You only need 3 ingredients to make this delicious jello salad.
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7. BBQ Little Smokies Crock Pot Recipe

Put the slow cooker to work with this easy and delicious recipe for BBQ Smokies.

Close up of BBQ Little Smokies in a small black crock pot.
Crockpot Little Smokies
Try this easy BBQ Little Smokies Crock Pot Recipe with the best little smokies sauce! This is the best of lil smokies recipes.
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8. Crock Pot Cheese Dip

This authentic recipe for queso is super easy in the crock pot.

The Best Crock pot White Cheese Dip Recipe
This crock pot Mexican white cheese dip recipe is easy to make and everyone loves it. A restaurant quality white queso dip recipe that you can make at home.
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9. Deviled Eggs Recipe

Each bite is creamy and tasty in this deviled eggs recipe.

Best Deviled Eggs
Once you try the Best Deviled Eggs Recipe, you will love it! This easy Deviled Eggs recipe is packed with flavor. You will love this simple deviled eggs recipe. It is the best deviled eggs recipe around!
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10. Cranberry Sauce

The combination of tangy and sweet make this cranberry sauce an instant hit.

Cranberry sauce
Cranberry sauce is so easy to make with just 3 ingredients. It is tangy, sweet and perfect for your holiday meal.
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11. Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

These bundles of green beans wrapped in bacon and topped with brown sugar make the tastiest appetizer.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
Make easy bacon wrapped green beans for a delicious side dish. The green beans are topped with brown sugar and bacon for the best flavor.
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12. Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Bite size Jalapeno Poppers have the perfect blend of creamy and spicy.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers recipe
Easy appetizer recipe – This Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers recipe is amazing. Only 3 ingredients to make the best bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers!
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13. Candied Bacon Recipe

One of the easiest appetizers is Candied Bacon and it is so easy to prepare.

Candied bacon in a mason jar.
Easy Candied Bacon Recipe
You will love this candied bacon recipe. Easy caramelized bacon recipe is a crowd pleaser. Candy bacon is the best recipe. Learn how to make candied bacon
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14. Spicy Cheez-It Snack Mix

Jazz up plain snack mix with this spicy Cheez-It blend. It is perfect for munching on before lunch.

Spicy Cheez-It Snack Mix recipe
If you are looking for a game day snack then this Spicy Cheez-Its snack mix recipe is perfect! It is so easy to make and taste great too.
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15. Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

This creamy blend of spinach, artichoke and cream cheese combine for an amazing dip.

Spinach artichoke dip recipe
Spinach artichoke dip recipe is a classic and delicious recipe perfect for parties. The entire dip is so creamy and very easy to make. 
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16. Cucumber Onion Salad

Make this tangy Cucumber Salad ahead of time for the perfect pre-dinner appetizer.

Cucumber Onion Salad Recipe
You just have to try this easy Cucumber Onion Salad Recipe next time you find cucumbers on sale. This easy salad recipe is perfect for a summer BBQ or a snack.
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17. Spicy Ranch Crackers Recipe

This is the easiest recipe using simple ingredients but to flavorful and tasty.

Spicy Ranch Crackers Recipe
Enjoy perfectly seasoned crackers when you make this easy Spicy Ranch Crackers Recipe. Each cracker is flavorful and baked to perfection for a tasty snack.
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18. Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

With only 4 ingredients, this easy cranberry sauce is effortless in the slow cooker.

Crock pot Cranberry Sauce
Crockpot Cranberry Sauce is so easy in the slow cooker and delicious. With only 4 ingredients and hardly any work, you will love it.
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19. Jack o Lantern Veggie Tray

This veggie tray is perfect for Fall and so festive.

Jack o lantern veggie tray
Jack o lantern veggie tray is the perfect snack for Fall. Kids will love to eat their veggies when they look like a jack o lantern!
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20. Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza Appetizer

Sneak extra veggies in this delicious pizza appetizer made with crescents.

Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza
Check out this Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza Appetizer. It’s so easy! Even those that do not like veggies, will love this crescent roll pizza appetizer.
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21. Crescent Roll Pigs in a Blanket

Everyone loves Pigs in a Blanket and it’s so easy with 2 ingredients.

Crescent roll pigs in a blanket
Crescent roll pigs in a blanket recipe has just 2 ingredients. Learn how to make pigs in a blanket for a snack, appetizer or quick dinner.
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22. Charcuterie Board

Learn how to make a Charcuterie Board for a great appetizer that looks beautiful.

Charcuterie Board
Learn how to make a Charcuterie board for your next party and totally impress your guests. You will be pleasantly surprised how simple it is to make.
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23. Homemade Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

This simple recipe for cheese sticks is perfect for dipping into marinara sauce.

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks
These Homemade Mozzarella Cheese Sticks are so easy to make and taste just like the Homemade Mozzarella Cheese Sticks you can buy at restaurants.
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24. Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Caprese Salad sounds fancy but is very simple to make. The roasted tomatoes really kick up the flavor.

Tomato Mozzarella Salad
Jazz up Caprese salad with this Roasted tomato and mozzarella salad. The tomatoes are roasted to perfection and the entire dish is delicious.
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25. Crack Dip

There is so much to love about this bacon and cheese packed dip recipe.

Crack dip Recipe
Crack dip recipe is so creamy and full of bacon and cheese. Take one bite and you will be hooked. It is amazing and super easy.
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26. Creamy Cucumber Salad

The creaminess of this Cucumber Salad is so delicious with the dill and other seasonings.

Creamy Cucumber Salad
Creamy cucumber salad is the perfect side dish for your next cookout. It is creamy, tangy and frugal. Try creamy cucumber dill salad.
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27. Caramel Apple Nachos Recipe

Layers of apple slices make the perfect nachos topped with caramel and more.

Easy Caramel Apple Nachos Recipe
You have to try this easy Caramel Apple Nachos recipe. It is perfect for any occasion – summer or fall the family loves this easy caramel apple dessert idea.
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28. Cucumber Bites

These grab and go Cucumber Bites are perfect for guests to snack on.

Cucumber Bites – easy after school snack
If you want a fun appetizer recipe, you have to try these easy cucumber bites. This fun cucumber appetizer bites will be a hit at your next party!
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29. Jalapeno Popper French Bread Recipe

Each piece of this bread is packed with cheese, bacon and more.

Jalapeno popper stuffed cheesy bread recipe is the perfect appetizer and also delicious with a meal. Each bite is so cheesy and delicious.
Jalapeño Popper French Bread Recipe
Need an easy bread recipe? This Jalapeño Popper French Bread Recipe is easy to make and tastes great. Cheesy bread stuffed with Jalapeños is a crowd pleaser!
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30. Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

These jalapenos are packed with cream cheese and more. They are creamy and wonderful.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños
These Cream Cheese Stuffed jalapeños be your new favorite Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers Recipe. They are easy to make and everyone loves them!
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31. Caramel Apple Dip

This dip is rich and creamy and perfect with apples, pretzels and more.

Caramel Apple Dip
Caramel apple dip is smooth and creamy with a decadent topping. Serve with apple slices, graham crackers or pretzels for the best snack. 
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32. Party Mix

Everyone loves Party Mix packed with pretzels, chex cereal and more.

Party Mix Recipe
Chex party mix recipe is a delicious staple around here. We make this for holidays, Game Day, birthdays and more. It is easy and frugal.
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33. Crockpot BBQ Meatballs

Toss this together with only 4 ingredients but the favor is incredible.

Crockpot BBQ Meatballs
Crockpot BBQ Meatballs has just 4 ingredients and the slow cooker makes it super easy. Enjoy an easy dinner when you make slow cooker bbq meatballs.
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32. Cream Cheese Sausage Dip

This dip is hearty and creamy while being effortless to make.

Sausage Cream Cheese Dip
Cream Cheese Sausage Dip Recipe has only 3 ingredients and comes together in minutes. Creamy and hearty, this dip is the perfect party food or snack.
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33. Fiesta Ranch Dip

Fiesta Dip is a favorite around here. The corn and rotel make it extra special.

Fiesta Ranch Dip Recipe
Try this easy Fiesta Ranch Dip Recipe at your next party or gathering. I think you will be surprised how delicious this easy dip is to make.
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34. Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip

We love to make Spinach Artichoke Dip in the the slow cooker. It makes a really simple appetizer that is tasty.

Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip
Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip is creamy and delicious for the perfect dip for parties, Game Day and more. The crockpot makes it easy to enjoy anytime.
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35. Veggie Tray

This simple veggie tray utilizes an assortment of vegetables guests will enjoy.

Veggie Tray
Learn How to make a veggie tray for the perfect appetizer for parties, Game Day and more. Add your favorite dip and enjoy!
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36. Stuffed Cheesy Bread

Get this on the table in just 15 minutes. It is stuffed with gooey cheese.

15 minutes Stuffed Cheesy Bread
You just have to make this Stuffed Cheesy Bread. You can have it ready in 15 minutes and it tastes amazing! It is great served with your favorite soup.
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37. Crock Pot Honey Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

The honey buffalo flavor is so tasty and makes these meatballs a crowd pleaser.

Crockpot Honey Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Enjoy lots of flavor in this Crock Pot Honey Buffalo Chicken Meatballs recipe. With just a few ingredients, this meal is perfect for Game Day and more.
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38. Texas Caviar

There is so much flavor packed into this Cowboy Caviar. Serve with tortilla chips for an instant hit.

Texas Caviar
Whether you call it Texas Caviar or Cowboy Caviar, this dip is amazing. It's the appetizer of choice in the South and for good reason with tons of flavor.
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39. Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Creamy buffalo dip packed with cheese is sure to impress guests.

Crock pot Buffalo Chicken dip
Looking for an easy dip recipe? Try this amazing Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe. You will be shocked how amazing it is! The perfect appetizer recipe!
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40. Crock Pot Rotel Dip

The combination of a few simple ingredients makes the best dip without any work.

Crock pot Rotel Dip Recipe
Crock Pot Rotel Dip Recipe is our go to appetizer for parties, game day and more! This dip is so tasty and amazing for an instant crowd pleaser!
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41. Pimento Cheese Dip

This recipe is packed with cheese and perfect for dipping.

Pimento cheese dip
Pimento cheese dip is creamy and delicious with only a few ingredients. It's the perfect snack, party food or appetizer for any occasion.
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42. Hummus

Serve this healthy hummus recipe with veggies for a great appetizer.

Homemade Hummus
Learn how to make Homemade hummus recipe at home for a healthy and delicious snack. Hummus is so filling. Try it with veggies or crackers.
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43. Pecan Rolo Pretzels

Perfect for parties and holidays, this 3 ingredient recipe is the best treat.

Pecan Rolo Pretzels
You only need 3 ingredients to make Pecan rolo pretzels. These pretzel rolo pecans have sweet and salty layers topped with a pecan.
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44. Crockpot Butternut Squash

Enjoy bowls of creamy butternut squash soup for a tasty appetizer.

Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup
Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup is so creamy and delicious. Toss everything into the slow cooker for an easy meal that is hearty and flavorful.
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45. Crock Pot Cauliflower Soup

Cauliflower is such a healthy alternative but still makes the best comfort food to serve for an appetizer.

Crock Pot Cauliflower Soup Recipe
You can enjoy a bowl of creamy and delicious Crock Pot Cauliflower Soup Recipe without any guilt. This soup tastes like comfort food and is so flavorful.
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46. Apple Snickers Salad

You won’t believe how easy this Apple Salad is with only 3 ingredients. Family and friends will love this served as an appetizer.

Apple Snickers Salad
3 Ingredients is all you need for this simple Snicker apple salad recipe. This Snicker Salad Recipe might be easy to make but is tastes great! Try it today!
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47. Homemade Pretzel Bites

Put out a platter of bite size pretzels for guests to snack on. These will be a hit.

Homemade Pretzel Bites
Try these homemade pretzel bites next time you are throwing a party or want a fun snack. They taste better than the store bought pretzels.
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48. Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Southern pimento cheese makes delightful finger sandwiches for an easy appetizer.

Pimento cheese sandwich
Learn how to make the most delicious pimento cheese sandwich in minutes. This Southern classic is perfect for picnics, luncheons and more.
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49. Slow Cooker Candied Pecans

Sweet and Crunchy Pecans are perfect for snacking on before Thanksgiving dinner.

Slow Cooker Candied Pecans
Slow Cooker Candied Pecans is loaded with cinnamon and sugar flavor. This easy sweet and delicious recipe is perfect for snacking or to top your ice cream.
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50. Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups

These crispy wonton cups are packed with buffalo chicken for an easy grab and go appetizer.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups Recipe
Try this Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups Recipe! Wonton appetizers are perfect for parties. Add this to your list of party snack ideas. So delicious!
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51. Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

The blend of cucumber, tomatoes and onion make a healthy and tasty Thanksgiving appetizer recipe.

Quick and Easy Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe
You are going to love this Cucumber Tomato Salad recipe. This quick and easy cucumber tomato onion salad recipe is perfect for a Summer salad recipe.
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52. Jalapeno Popper Dip

Each bite of this creamy dip has the perfect amount of heat. Serve with crackers for a tasty appetizer.

Jalapeno popper dip
Step up your appetizer game with Jalapeno popper dip recipe. The entire dish is creamy with the perfect amount of heat and topped with bacon.
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53. Thanksgiving Turkey Charcuterie Board

This adorable Thanksgiving Turkey Charcuterie Board is the perfect Thanksgiving recipes.

Thanksgiving Turkey Charcuterie Board
This Thanksgiving Turkey Charcuterie Board is fun to make. It is the perfect appetizer to make this holiday season.
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54. Pinwheel Sandwiches

Pinwheel Sandwiches
If you are looking for a quick and easy appetizer these Pinwheel Sandwiches is the one to make. The best appetizer to bring to your next BBQ,
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  1. I like to have deviled eggs ready for guest. cranberry Jello salad is my next thing to try. your chees ball recipe also sounds delish.

  2. Sausage Balls & cheddar, bacon pinwheels are my go to. Yes, I make the sausage Balls frequently. They are a big hit.

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