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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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