Thanksgiving Nibbles: Appetizers to Eat Before the Feast

on October 25, 2011
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Put these easy dishes on the table while you're making the main meal and you'll keep hungry relatives occupied so you can cook in peace.

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Zucchini Cakes

Hearty flavors are light-on-the-stomach in these faux crab cakes. Bursting with veggies and a hint of Old Bay seasoning, they are sure to satisfy without filling before the big meal.

Recipe: Zucchini Cakes

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Brie and Onion Marmalade Tarts

It's hard to believe these pretty tarts require just three ingredients and 20 minutes. Frozen puff pastry is a lifesaver here, while the simple filling gives you the opportunity to be creative with fillings.

Recipe: Brie and Onion Marmalade Tarts

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Beef and Blue Cheese Crostini Recipe

Don't leave beef out of your turkey throw-down this Thanksgiving! Create pretty garlicky crostini pieces topped with marinated slices of beef and a spoonfuls of blue cheese.

Recipe: Beef and Blue Cheese Crostini Recipe

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Bruschetta with Tomato and Arugula

Bruschetta is the ultimate party friendly bite. Gussy up pieces of toasted rustic bread with a simple mix of tomatoes and arugula to give bite-sized balance to a heavy Thanksgiving feast.

Recipe: Bruschetta with Tomato and Arugula

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Arugula Aioli

A bowl of arugula aioli offers endless dunking possibilities. We suggest dipping boiled shrimp, covering crisp bruschetta and coating fresh veggies in its peppery flavors.

Recipe: Arugula Aioli

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Stuffed Eggs with Red Onion and Anchovy Recipe

Deviled eggs get an extra kick in the flavor department with the addition of red onions and anchovy paste. Top each half with small sprigs of parsley and you will have a crowd-pleaser.

Recipe: Stuffed Eggs with Red Onion and Anchovy Recipe

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Tennessee Cheddar Puffs

Light pop-in-your-mouth cheddar puffs are perfect pre-feast munchies. Requiring only five minutes of prep time, you will be able to whip these up while keeping your focus on the day's more demanding dishes.

Recipe: Tennessee Cheddar Puffs

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Rosemary Parmesan Twists

Ten minutes is all you need to prepare these breadsticks made from frozen puff-pastry. Get your kids in on the twisting action by letting them roll the dough and brush on the simple egg glaze.

Recipe: Rosemary Parmesan Twists

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic Dip

Not your average potato chip dip, this super thick goat cheese spread is dressy enough for the holidays.

Recipe: Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic Dip

Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

Keep pesky pickers off main course offerings by setting out pita chips and a bowl of hot spinach dip. Then entertain by making everyone guess its surprising and veggie-friendly secret ingredient.

Recipe: Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

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