Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! In preparation, we wanted to round-up our favorite Thanksgiving appetizers from talented bloggers that know their way around the kitchen. Why not try some enticing new dishes this year to whet your guests’ appetites before the much-awaited dinner is served?
Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Rings
Kiersten’s quinoa-stuffed acorn squash rings have an incredible taste that lives up to their remarkable presentation. Her blog Oh My Veggies is dedicated to creating delicious vegetarian dishes that focus on real ingredients. This recipe incorporates squash rings and dried cranberries to delight your guests with the comforting flavors of fall. Combined with healthy quinoa and walnuts, the protein and omega-3’s in this dish are just additional perks.
Savory Sweet Potato Fries
Looking for a finger food that both kids and grown-ups will devour? Wellness Mama Katie’s sweet potato fries are just like the ones we love to chow down on at restaurants before the meal arrives. Season the fries just the way you like with sea salt, thyme, or other spices. Katie opts for a healthy alternative to frying by coating the sliced sweet potatoes in olive oil or melted coconut oil before lightly browning them in the oven. Served with a dip, these sweet potato fries will tide your guests over until dinner’s ready.
Bacon-Wrapped Almond-Stuffed Dates
With the main meal consuming most of your time and energy on Thanksgiving day, the best appetizers are fast and easy-to-make. That’s why we love Iowa Girl’s bacon-wrapped almond-stuffed dates! These little goodies are an irresistible combination of chewy, salty, and sweet. Plus, they’re bite-sized and make easy-to-serve hors d’oeuvres. With just bacon, raw almonds, and Medjool dates, you can make Kristin’s recipe ahead of time, and pop them into the oven right before your guests arrive.
Looking for something sturdy to take on your holiday dips? This gluten-free chickpea crisps appetizer from Kalyn’s Kitchen is crispy, crunchy, and can be seasoned with irresistible spices like zaatar. Sugary foods are plentiful this time of year, which is one reason why we love this appetizer made from only sugar-free and gluten-free ingredients like chickpea flour. Your guests will love dunking these crisps into guacamole, a creamy dip, or a delicious hummus, like the one that’s up next!
For a low-calorie dip, we love this oil-free sweet basil hummus, developed by Leanne of Healthful Pursuit. For this recipe, you can use your favorite type of beans (we love chickpeas), blended smooth with ingredients like fresh basil leaves, lemon juice, and agave nectar. This is a light pesto-like appetizer that your guests can easily enjoy. Serve this dip with fresh veggies or some garlic pita chips for a nice crunch!
What Thanksgiving appetizers do you plan to serve?