Hey, ladies! I hope you’re having a great fall so far! Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year! Numerous celebrations with family and friends, chilly weather and beautiful fall leaves, and of course all the delicious food, food, and MORE FOOD! Although hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for all of your loved ones feels fulfilling and heart-warming, it can get stressful with all the expenses and preparations that need to be made. Searching up holiday recipes, shopping for groceries, preparing ingredients in advance, decorating your dining table, and so much more can get tiring real quick. But, worry no more! This post is dedicated to helping you in spending more time enjoying the fall season instead of spending more money!
Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t need to be made with expensive and luxurious ingredients for it to be delicious! This list of budget-friendly Thanksgiving appetizers is here to help you cook delicious meals while setting a reasonable budget for groceries and saving money. Whether you’re cooking up a traditional Thanksgiving recipe or looking to try something new this year, I’ve got all sorts of recipes that will leave your guests delighted without breaking the bank!
No-Cook Thanksgiving Appetizers
No cooking during the holidays? No problem! These easy, no-cook Thanksgiving appetizers will make your life a little bit easier this year. With only a few ingredients and minimal prep time, you’ll be able to relax with family and friends without spending all day in the kitchen. Here are just a few of our favorite recipes that require no stove or oven – perfect for when it’s cold outside, but you’re still craving some cozy holiday flavor!
Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board
Everyone knows that salads are great for us, but they can sometimes get boring. With the right ingredients, you can create a salad that tastes like a dream but is still light and healthy! The combination of salty prosciutto, sweet figs, tangy blue cheese crumble, and crisp greens are just the type of appetizer you need to start your feast. Serve it on a chopping board or shallow side dish, and you’ll have a piece of art on your Thanksgiving spread!
These crowd-pleasing antipasto skewers make an easy Thanksgiving appetizer or a fun addition to your charcuterie board. If you’re looking for something simple and delicious, these are it! You can also prep them ahead of time- putting the whole assembly together takes only minutes (and who doesn’t love saving time?).
No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bites
These no-bake pumpkin pie bites are a healthy treat made with natural ingredients and spices! It’s the perfect snack to pair up against your morning coffee or late-night hot chocolate on those cold nights you want to eat at home. This recipe takes all warm flavors from classic pies like apple cinnamon lattice knitting them into these delicious – yet guiltless–nutritious snacks that’ll have anyone feeling cozy inside without turning on any ovens.
Apple Orchard Salad with Maple-Dijon Vinaigrette
This apple orchard salad isn’t only perfect for a hot summer’s day, it can also be served as a Thanksgiving appetizer, as well. The ideal spring salad for a chilly afternoon, the apple orchard salad is filled with delicate apples and crisp greens. The maple-dijon vinaigrette gives it just enough sweetness to be savory without being too salty or vinegary!
Sparkling Cranberry Brie Bites
All of your guests will love this festive Thanksgiving appetizer! Watch as they grab more than one piece at a time as they indulge in this sweet and savory fall appetizer. The recipe couldn’t be any easier! With only three ingredients, you’ll have a cute and dainty-looking dish that you can serve throughout your Thanksgiving day.
Greek Salad Bites
This dainty-looking dish will surely help you save money when preparing for Thanksgiving! Greek salad bites are the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving or any fall celebration! They’re made with simple ingredients, and they pack big flavor! Plus, you can’t beat how easy these tasty treats come together! These are a big hit with everyone because not only are they a fresh, light flavor to start a meal, they are low-carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian, too!
Turkey Bacon Ranch Pinwheels
Turkey bacon ranch pinwheels are a crowd-pleasing, five-minute prep appetizer. Children and adults alike will love this meat appetizer! The ranch dressing pairs perfectly with the turkey and the bacon, giving it the right amount of tang. They have so much flavor with only little effort, and are low-carb and keto-friendly, too!
Dried Apricot Blue Cheese Canapes
These canapes are a simple, elegant, and delicious hors-d’oeuvres recipe perfect for any Thanksgiving celebration. These simple, elegant appetizers are delicious and easy to make with ingredients you probably already have at home! These little bites will make your mouth water with anticipation of the sweet, tangy, and salty flavors inside. The perfect snack before or after any meal because they’re not too heavy!
Smoked Salmon And Cream Cheese Cracker Bites
These little cracker bites only take 10 minutes to make! The perfect marriage of salty, smoked fish and tangy cream cheese. These crackers are not only delicious, but they’re also a breeze to make! All you need to do is some creamy goodness onto a crunchy cracker, top it off with luscious ingredients like cucumbers, smoked salmon, and an arugula leaf, and you’ll have a light and healthy appetizer.
Thanksgiving Dips and Spreads For Appetizers
Dips and spreads are an absolute necessity for Thanksgiving feasts as they’re a great way to tease the taste buds for what’s to come! They can be used as appetizers and serve as a perfect partner to all your delicious Thanksgiving side dishes. Whether your guests are already salivating or just getting hungry, these dips and spreads will satisfy all of their cravings. With a variety of savory and sweet dips and spreads, there are so many to choose from!
Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread
Caramel and apples are two of the most popular flavors to combine, but they don’t have to be limited. This easy appetizer will make you wish fall came earlier so that you can enjoy this dish all year round! This easy spread is the perfect sweet touch to any gathering of friends. This recipe will make everyone feel like they are in their favorite fall TV show, sitting around a fire with some crunchy apple slices and melting cheese while roasting goodies over hot embers!
White Bean Dip With Rosemary and Cranberries
Move over hummus, there’s a new dip in town! You’ll be surprised at how quickly you get addicted to this white bean dip. The earthy rosemary and sweet cranberries are seasonal and festive, and thanks to the garlic-infused olive oil, the dip is creamy beyond belief! Simply enjoy this with pretzels, celery, and carrot sticks, or even on a toasted piece of bread.
Greek Feta Dip
This is one of those Thanksgiving appetizers that you never knew would be perfect for a Thanksgiving spread. Loaded with cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta, this dip was inspired by the Greek salad. For a smoother consistency, just add yogurt and cream cheese for an even more delicious flavor combo than before! You can enjoy this dip with vegetables or scoop up a dollop and eat with crackers.
Mediterranean Lentil Dip
Who said you have to stick to the traditional flavors for your Thanksgiving appetizers? If you’re thinking of exploring new flavor profiles, check out this Mediterranean lentil dip. The flavors are bold, fresh, and full-bodied, with hints from different cultures that make them unique to every palate!
Cranberry, Pecan, and White Cheddar Cheese Ball
This cheese ball spread appetizer is too delicious to pass up. This appetizer has all the sweetness that everyone loves from cranberries and, of course, CHEESE! Dainty and memorable, this cheese ball will have you asking for more. It’s perfect as an appetizer at your next party or before family dinner on Thanksgiving Day!
Pumpkin Hummus With Cinnamon “Sugar” Tortilla Chips
This pumpkin hummus is the best! Complete with cinnamon-sugar baked tortilla chips, you won’t be able to stop eating it! This Thanksgiving appetizer recipe has all the sweet flavors of fall that everyone loves: pumpkin, cinnamon, and maple. Serve this before a hearty Thanksgiving dinner, and cross your fingers your guests won’t overeat!
Onion Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball
This onion cranberry pecan cheese ball recipe is a bright and delicious way to kick off your holiday feast! The sharp white cheddar cheese paired with sweet dried cranberries and crunchy pecans on the outside will make you want to eat this on its own. Serve it up as an appetizer or snack by itself for any fall occasion. The flavor explosion will have everyone asking where they can get some more!
Caramelized Onion, Gruyere, and Bacon Spread
What could be bad about caramelized onions, bacon, and gruyere cheese? Definitely nothing! Fall is the season everyone deserves to indulge in cheesy bacon goodness smeared on crusty bread. The rich bacon flavor, along with tangy gruyere cheese and sweet onions, will captivate you from start to finish in this delicious Thanksgiving spread.
Cranberry-Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip
Do you love the classic cranberry and cream cheese dip? How about kicking it up a notch by adding just the right amount of heat? This cranberry-jalapeno cream cheese dip is sweet, tart, and spicy. The freshness of the ingredients provides a burst that is unparalleled this time of year. The perfect balance of flavors will make you want to eat it straight from the bowl with a spoon!
Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
This pumpkin cheesecake dip is one everyone can enjoy with their favorite cookie, pretzel, or fruit! Combining the flavors of pumpkin pie AND a classic cheesecake, what’s not to love? Plus, it’s a no-bake Thanksgiving recipe, so that means you don’t even need an oven for this recipe. The best part? It only takes 10 minutes to make from start to finish!
Baked Broccoli Parmesan Dip
A wonderfully hot and cheesy broccoli dip that is sure to satisfy even the most stubborn of appetites. What makes this dip so special? Well, it has everything you need in a good dip—major creaminess from the cheese and yogurt flavors with an added kick of flavors.
3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Creamy Salsa Dip
How about having a chunky bean salsa dip for an appetizer? Although unconventional, bean dips give a nostalgic and comfy feeling that fits the Thanksgiving season perfectly! This salsa dip is perfect for those Thanksgiving celebrations where everyone’s watching sports or cozying up on the couch watching favorite holiday movies!
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Appetizers
Have relatives and friends who are vegetarian? There’s no need to limit your Thanksgiving menu! The great news is autumn brings in a variety of in-season delicious fruits and vegetables! With all the fresh fall produce readily available in the grocery stores, you won’t have to worry about bagging fresh, healthy ingredients at friendly prices. If you’re looking for a few simple yet delicious Thanksgiving appetizers that are vegetarian, the next handful of recipes are for you! The best thing about these recipes? They’re so delicious, even your meat-loving and younger guests will enjoy them!
Endive With Pear And Blue Cheese
This isn’t a traditional Thanksgiving dish, but this is one of the Thanksgiving appetizers that you’ll wish you knew years ago! Endive with pear and blue cheese makes an elegant appetizer for any special event or gathering. Endives are crunchy, creamy, and punchy with wonderful vinegar flavor to tantalize the taste buds! This recipe is vegetarian + gluten-free, which means it’s perfect if you have dietary restrictions too!
Spicy Stir-Fried Mushroom Bruschetta
How about trying Indian cuisine for your appetizers this year? This dish is special because it brings the flavors of Kashmir, India’s northern mountainous region. The people who settled there brought their love for mushrooms with them when they moved to Delhi. The chiles and curry bring this appetizer to life. The earthy bitterness from fenugreek is a wonderful addition to the dish, as well!
Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels
If you’re looking for an easy recipe that comes together in just 15 minutes with eight ingredients, this is it! These sun-dried tomato and basil pinwheels are so tasty. The perfect way to kick off autumn festivities or serve up as a light appetizer before a heavy and hearty Thanksgiving dinner.
Portobello Mushroom Napoleon Appetizers
With the seasons changing and weather turning chilly, it’s no wonder we crave comfort foods. This recipe will take your taste buds on a nostalgic trip down memory lane as they enjoy these cheesy bites! These portobello mushroom napoleon appetizers are also a sneaky way to get healthy dishes into your holiday dinner spread, too! With only six ingredients and a striking mushroom flavor, they will complement any dish you plan on having for your main course.
Sweet Potato Croquettes
Everyone loves sweet potatoes or yams during the holiday seasons! So these sweet potato croquettes are sure to be a big Thanksgiving hit. Imagine biting into a warm, fluffy sweet potato ball. The crisp exterior is an explosion of flavor, with its tender interior filling your mouth in deliciousness as you savor every bite!
Tri-Colored Beet Tart
This beet tart appetizer doesn’t only taste divine, it looks like a piece of art on a plate! The bright and bold colors of the beets are perfect for giving this tart its elegant and feminine look. With all the beautiful colors that pop out, you’re sure all of your guests’ eyes will be drawn to this side dish the moment they enter your house.
Georgian Eggplant Rolls with Walnuts
If you’re looking for an easy, healthy dish to serve at your next Thanksgiving gathering of friends and family, these vegan Georgian eggplant rolls with the walnut filling will be sure not to disappoint. These three-ingredient appetizers take less than an hour from start to finish! The filling includes artfully chosen spices that bring out the flavors in every bite while being healthy, hearty, and fulfilling.
Mini Eggplant Pizzas
Love pizza but are looking for a healthier option to serve this Thanksgiving? These mini pizzas are the perfect solution for parents who want to sneak some veggies into their kids’ dinner. The eggplant crust provides an easy, healthy base that tastes good and is packed full of nutrients! Top them off with all of your favorite toppings, like cheese, mushroom, olives, and even more cheese!
Garlic Knots with Beer Cheese
Warm, doughy vegan garlic knots speckled with smoky Shiitake bacon and served alongside a creamy beer cheese dipping sauce, what could be better? They’re cooked in a cast-iron skillet, so they look like pull-apart bread, making for an incredible presentation. These appetizers are guaranteed to be the hit of any Thanksgiving party!
Curried Cauliflower, Grape, & Lentil Salad
A kale salad takes center stage in this crazy delicious Thanksgiving appetizer. Sweet and tangy red grapes top off the fresh veggies, combined with lentils and cauliflower that have been roasted for an added flavor burst! The tahini green-curry dressing adds another layer of kick while complementing rather than overpowering.
Miso Mashed Potato Stuffed Mushrooms
Who would’ve ever thought miso would make a great flavor profile in a fall-flavored dish? This miso mashed potato stuffed mushroom dish combines the earthy and subtle flavors of mushroom and potatoes while adding a unique and umami kick with miso paste. These Balsamic roasted treats can be made as hors d’oeuvre for any special occasion or simply as an appetizer before a Thanksgiving dinner.
Jalapeño Poppers Gougère
These spicy French savory gougères are an appetizer you need to add to your Thanksgiving menu this year. They’re jalapeño popper style, and inside is cheesy goodness with some tender creaminess from the cheese! With just the right amount of jalapeño, this appetizer packs just enough enjoyable heat to make you want more without it being too spicy.
These delicious spinach-artichoke bites are a healthy and fun way to squeeze in more vegetables in your Thanksgiving spread. Combining the natural creaminess of artichokes and the subtle earthiness of spinach, this creamy little appetizer will make all of your guests a fan of vegetables.
Roasted Winter Squash and Onion Turnovers
It’s that time of year again when squash and onions take center stage. Roasting the veggies brings out their natural sweetness and creates an earthy flavor profile perfect for this chilly season! These turnovers are a great Thanksgiving appetizer eaten alongside a hot bowl of soup. The best thing about this appetizer is that the flavor profile is very versatile, it’s an excellent starter for any meat you decide to cook for your main course.
Thanksgiving Keto Appetizers
Do you have a Thanksgiving celebration coming up that needs to be keto-friendly? If you are looking for some amazing appetizers, look no further! I’ve got the perfect ones for you. These are super easy to make and will help keep your diet on track without feeling deprived! So let’s get started with these delicious Thanksgiving Keto Appetizers so that you can stay on track this holiday season!
Keto Garlic Knots with Rosemary
These Ketogenic Garlic Knots are the perfect low-carb garlic bread or dinner roll substitute. They’re so simple to make and will bring all of your senses alive with their warm, buttery flavor as they bake! The smell of garlic, butter, and rosemary will fill up your home and entice you to take a bite out of one of them right away.
Mmmm, bacon! Who doesn’t love bacon? Here’s a witty way to add more bacon into your side dishes. Bacon and asparagus are a classic pair that works perfectly all year round. For this fall dish, asparagus spears are cut into bite-sized pieces, bundled together with a cream cheese stuffing, for this fall dishAsparaguseveryone will enjoy and wrapped in bacon. Since they’re so easy and budget-friendly to make as an appetizer, you’re going to love preparing this for Thanksgiving celebrations.
Dill Pickle Fat Bombs
Dill pickle fat bombs are the best way to get your Thanksgiving spice on! These little guys pack a salty punch that will warm up even the coldest day. Just one bite is enough for most people, but you’ll want seconds (and maybe thirds). The best part? They taste just like dill pickle chip dip!
Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon
Spinach bacon salad is a light, refreshing side dish that everyone will enjoy. If you have never had wilted spinach with hot bacon dressing before then, you’re in store for a fantastic treat! Just make sure to serve it immediately so the flavors can blend nicely and create one of fall’s most delicious dishes.
Keto Cauliflower Mac And Cheese
On a keto diet but miss the taste of mac and cheese? Don’t fret! This cauliflower mac and cheese fall recipe is here to save you! This keto cauliflower mac and cheese recipe will satisfy your cravings for cheesy, creamy pasta (without the pasta!). Rich and full of flavor, this keto appetizer only needs five ingredients and can be ready in 5 minutes!
Sausage & Butternut Squash Frittata
Who said frittatas were only meant for breakfast? This quick and easy paleo frittata recipe is a healthy way to start your Thanksgiving meal. The butternut squash adds a sweet flavor that pairs well with the tangy sausage in this simple yet tasty dish! This recipe makes two generous servings, but you could easily double it if you have a larger skillet. Either way, this paleo sausage, and butternut squash frittata is sure to be a winner!
Easy Pumpkin Soup Recipe
This extremely easy pumpkin soup recipe is the perfect way to warm up during this chilly season. With canned pumpkin puree, onions, coconut milk, and spices like curry or ginger added for extra flavor – you’ll be craving it all winter long! There are also easy slow cooker instructions included so you can whip this soup up in advance without taking hours on end doing prep work beforehand.
Keto Cheese Stuffed Meatballs
Is there anything more comforting than a big bowlful covered in sauce and mozzarella cheese? Of course not! These keto cheese stuffed meatballs will change your mind forever because they’re delicious without being too rich or heavy. Enjoy these fluffy little bites either by themselves as an appetizer before Thanksgiving dinner time rolls around!
Shrimp Rangoon Mini Bell Peppers
This savory, cheesy shrimp Rangoon mini bell pepper appetizer is going to be your new fall appetizer favorite! This healthier take on the classic crab rangoon will have you hooked right after your first bite. The succulent shrimp are combined with cream cheese for a fantastic stuffing that just can’t be beaten- especially when it tastes this good without all those pesky carbs too!
Keto Asparagus Fries
These keto asparagus fries scratch the itch for traditional fries while remaining low carb, keto, and gluten-free. They are a perfect beginning to your meal or as an excellent side dish! Don’t forget the dip! From garlic lemon aioli or blue cheese dressing all the way down to ranch, you’re guaranteed an indulgent experience every time.
Two-Bite Keto Jalapeño Popper Taquitos
Taquitos are a delicious, quick, and easy appetizer for when you need something that doesn’t take too long to make. These two-bite keto jalapeño popper taquitos only have four ingredients, which makes them super simple to put together. These taquitos only have 1 g net carbs per 2 taquitos, making them a light and healthy keto appetizer that everyone at your celebration will love.
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
This fall-themed recipe is perfect for anyone who loves crab dip and mushrooms. It has a noticeable but not overpowering flavor of creamy cheese, with hints of sweetness in the tangy creaminess from tomatoes or ketchup. The tender outer coating is seasoned perfectly so that every bite melts on your tongue!
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Appetizers
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I know what you’re thinking: “how on earth am I going to make a gluten-free, low-carb Thanksgiving appetizer?” Well, don’t worry, because this year we’ve got your back! We’ve got some great gluten-free Thanksgiving appetizers for you and your guests to enjoy! Here are a few of my favorite gluten-free Thanksgiving appetizers made with inexpensive and easy-to-find ingredients.
Cheesesteak Stuffed Mushrooms
You can’t go wrong with a hot mushroom appetizer. Pre-made and just an oven cycle away from being devoured! These easy and scrumptious cheesesteak stuffed mushrooms are a surefire way to up your stuffed mushroom game. They’re naturally gluten-free, low carb, so they’ll satisfy even the most die-hard diets.
Glazed Sweet Potatoes With Lentils
These delicious and filling sweet potatoes are a perfect side dish for your next holiday dinner. They’re also gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly, and paleo-compliant with lentils in place of meat. Tearing sweet potatoes and roasting them in the oven creates more surface area for lacquering, making it easier to coat with a spicy maple-soy glaze. Not only that, but you can also marinate your lentils five days ahead of time – perfect if meal prep is something you want to try this year.
Pomegranate and Pistachio Crostini
In Greece, it is customary to throw a pomegranate on the ground and break them at midnight, which will bring good fortune! Clearly, we won’t be throwing any pomegranates, but I figured we could celebrate this fruit alongside some crunchy pistachios with creamy brie cheese. These treats combine the tangy taste of pomegranates with nutty flavors from the brie for a sweet yet savory combination that you will find hard to resist!
Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates
Tender, savory bacon makes these dates mouth-watering! The combination is an explosion of flavors and a great way to add some meat to your appetizers. On top of this, all the smokey notes add an extra depth that you’ll crave even after Thanksgiving.
One-Pot Chicken and Rice
One-pot chicken and rice is a delicious way to get your protein while enjoying the flavors of chicken soup. This appetizer is wholly comforting and warming as a blend between a chicken soup and a silky risotto. Just the way an appetizer should be in this chilly weather.
Toasted Goat Cheese and Sweet Potato Bites
You can’t have Thanksgiving without these sweet potato bites. They’re topped with goat cheese, pecan halves, and a light drizzle of maple syrup. The best thing about this fall recipe? You can serve these up as an appetizer before your Thanksgiving dinner or as a budget-friendly dessert to give everyone that warm feeling in their tummies before they leave your house.
Brussels Sprouts Sliders
Brussels sprouts make the cutest slider buns. These brussels sprouts sliders are a perfect side dish for your holiday dinner. They’re tasty, healthy, and easy to make! With thick-cut bacon and a thick square of brie sandwiched in between properly seasoned brussels sprout buns, you’re definitely in for a treat.
Spinach and Artichoke Cauli Bread
Spinach and artichoke are both underrated vegetables during the fall season. When prepared and cooked properly, these two vegetables can really shine! This cauliflower bread recipe puts spinach and artichoke in the spotlight. Cauli bread isn’t only a great substitute that is super low in carbohydrates, but it also packs a flavorful punch thanks to all the spices. Gluten-free and carb lovers alike will be in love with this recipe.
Salami Antipasto Bites
Salami antipasto bites are a perfect appetizer for anyone who wants to enjoy an amazing low-carb and gluten-free dish. With all of the bold and bright antipasto flavors packed into a small individual bite, what’s not to love about this recipe? Being light and flavorful, this dish sparks your tastebuds and gets it ready for a hearty, savory Thanksgiving meal.
Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad
Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad is a crispy, crunchy, healthy gluten-free salad recipe full of fresh fall flavors! The tempting flavors of maple balsamic dressing combined with crumbled gorgonzola cheese, crisp shallots, and chopped brussels sprouts create a salad that you won’t be able to stop eating.
Spicy Buttered Broccolini
Spicy buttered broccolini is an amazing addition to any Thanksgiving spread. It’s delicious, healthy, budget-friendly, and super simple to make! A generous dash of red pepper flakes, some butter, and a nice squeeze of lemon turn this crisp green vegetable dish into an explosion of flavor!
Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving Appetizers
Thanksgiving dinners are about spending time with family and friends and eating delicious food. From the youngest guest to the oldest guest, everyone is invited! This year you can make your Thanksgiving spread even more special by adding these kid-friendly appetizers to your table! They’re inexpensive and delicious that even the youngest members of your family will eat more than they should!
You won’t believe how extremely easy these pizza roll-ups are to make! But don’t worry, with the help of some healthy ingredients, you can satisfy your salty food craving in an incredibly healthy way! This tasty appetizer is also full of nutrients that will keep you and your kids feeling satisfied and happy all day long.
Sweet Bacon Tater Tots Recipe
The smell of bacon is enough to make anyone want a bite. But when you wrap it around some tater tots, the flavor gets even better! This sweet bacon tater tot recipe is simple to assemble and is a great savory fall appetizer! On top of all of this, since it only has a few ingredients, you will definitely save money with this dish! Not only will this dish be loved by younger guests and kids, watch your adult guests grab more than one, too!
These spinach balls look like meatballs, but they are entirely meat-free! But your kids don’t have to know that. Let’s keep this secret between us two. These spinach balls are so delicious and savory, the kids won’t even wonder if it has meat or not. This appetizer is a great way to sneak in some greens in their meal.
Pumpkin Pie Cheese Appetizers
Aren’t these mini “pumpkin pies” just the most adorable thing you’ve ever seen? These cute little appetizers are made out of cheddar cheese wedges, assorted crackers, and ranch dressing-flavored cream cheese.
Easy Autumn Leaf Wreath Cheese Platter
With the bright and deep colors the fall season brings, this is a fun, and festive Thanksgiving appetizer platter celebrating the beautiful and colorful fall leaves on a cheese platter. This cheese platter is the perfect snack for your younger guests while waiting for the main course. This dish has pretzel crackers and cranberry-pear relish, which go nicely together as they both have sweet notes that contrast well against the salty flavors.
Mini “Pumpkin” Cheese Balls
Nothing screams fall more than pumpkins! So why not have your dishes match your autumn home decor and decorate your appetizers with mini pumpkins? Although they don’t have any pumpkin in them, these cheese balls are hit with just the right amount of spices to pack them with flavor. They’re so cute and delicious you’ll be battling with yourself deciding whether to devour them or not.
Homemade Mac and Cheese Bites
Everyone loves mac and cheese! No one can resist the classic comfort and nostalgia that mac and cheese gives. Not only will this appetizer be a hit with your younger guests, but your adult guests will surely grab a few of these themselves.
You can’t miss out on the deep-fried cheese-filled pasta squares. Be it not the healthiest appetizer you’ll have on your Thanksgiving spread, they’re incredibly delicious! With a crispy exterior and a gooey, cheesy center, it’ll be hard not to want to fill up on this before the big turkey dinner.
Cranberry Turkey Meatballs
Cranberry Turkey Meatballs are a juicy and tangy twist on the Thanksgiving dish that we all know and love. It’s sweet, juicy with hints of tanginess from its cranberries or orange zest just makes this dish so addicting and perfect for all your holiday guests- no matter what age!
Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips
Extremely easy and quick to make, made of simple ingredients, AND delicious? Count us in! These cinnamon apple chips are a light and healthy appetizer you can have on your table while waiting for guests and our main course to finish cooking. You’ll get all the delicious flavors of apple pie, without worrying about filling up on a heavy crust.
Mac ‘n’ Cheese Donuts
This is probably one of the best Thanksgiving appetizers! This next-level food hybrid will have everyone’s mouth drooling! They are baked, then fried, and covered in ooey-gooey cheesy magic. These babies are the quintessential appetizer to prepare for your next Thanksgiving get-together. With these treats, you’re guaranteed to knock everyone’s socks right off!
Gruyère Cheese Straws
Puff pastry plus a garlicky gruyere cheese mixture equals one delicious and crispy breadstick. This twist on the regular breadstick isn’t only delicious, they’re easy to make and can be done in about 10 minutes. These cheesy treats are perfect as an appetizer, paired with soup, salad, or your favorite holiday spreads!
This year, you can get the most out of your Thanksgiving and holiday food budget with these ideas. With this wide range of budget-friendly recipe choices to choose from, I hope you’ve found these Thanksgiving appetizers to be helpful and inspiring!
With these budget-friendly ideas for Thanksgiving appetizers, you can whip up something delicious and festive in no time. Whether you’re hosting a party or just want to add some variety to your family dinner this fall, these dishes can level up your Thanksgiving spread without having to spend more. The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about all the delicious food you want to make. Now let’s get cooking! Happy Thanksgiving, ladies!