November 20, 2014
Delicious Thanksgiving appetizers that are easy to make and prep ahead. Set these out before the big feast and watch as they disappear!
Thanksgiving is a day of thankfulness, family, and food.
Typically, in our family, we have a mid-afternoon meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies, homemade noodles, and more!
Need help putting together a menu for the big day? This Thanksgiving meal plan does it for you! It includes 20 classic recipes for Oven Roasted Turkey, stuffing, side dishes, desserts, and all the works!
I’m a busy bee in the kitchen all morning, preparing all the delicious foods and attempting to meet everyone’s dietary needs. Of course, that makes for a long wait for the kiddos and even the adults sometimes. That’s why the night before, I prep some yummy and easy appetizers everyone can nibble on as they arrive and hang out together before our grand Thanksgiving dinner.
So while you make the finishing touches to the Thanksgiving meal, set out any of these savory or sweet appetizers to keep your guests preoccupied until dinner is ready.
Related: Everything You Need for a Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers & Snacks
1. Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites
A healthy no-bake snack that tastes like pumpkin pie.
2. Cheddar Bacon Deviled Eggs
The delicious combination of Cheddar and bacon in a deviled egg!
3. Loaded Mashed Potato Bites
When you made too much Southern Mashed Potatoes, here’s how to use the extra.
4. Spinach Hummus Dip
What’s better than the traditional cheesy spinach dip? This cheesy hummus spinach dip!
5. Pumpkin Scones
In case anyone missed breakfast, these pumpkin pie scones will make up for it.
6. Thanksgiving Egg Rolls
Whether you made too much stuffing or have leftovers, these crispy egg rolls are the best way to use it up!
While not exactly an appetizer, if you need a filling breakfast idea for Thanksgiving morning, try this make-ahead recipe for Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal.
Make Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers
- 10 square egg roll wrappers
- 8 oz Hummus
- 2 cups chopped carved turkey
- Oil/spray for baking
- ½ cup leftover cranberry sauce
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- ½ teaspoon orange zest
- Preheat the oven to 425F, place a cookie cooling rack inside a baking sheet and spray it with oil (this will allow heat to cook egg rolls on all sides). Fill a small dish with about ½ cup warm water.
- On a flat surface, lay a few egg roll wrappers so one of the corners is facing you (like a diamond).
- Spread about a heaping tablespoon of hummus in the middle of the wrapper, in a vertical line. Top with leftover carved turkey. Then, dip your fingers into a water dish and wet the edges of the wrapper.
- To close, lift the outer corner and fold up and over the filling, tucking the edge slightly under. The sides, you’ll fold in and over, fairly tight all the way up, and roll. Because you’ve moistened those edges with water, that will seal the final corner piece.
- With a toothpick, pierce each roll a couple of times. Brush each egg roll with a little oil and set on top of the tray. Repeat process with remaining rolls and bake, until golden on top, for about 15 minutes, flip and continue baking the other side for 7 minutes until golden and crisp. Remove from oven.
- While egg rolls bake, combine cranberry sauce with orange juice and a little orange zest to create a dipping sauce.
- Serve egg rolls warm with cranberry orange sauce.
Which make-ahead appetizer will your family enjoy this Thanksgiving?