Out-of-the-Box Thanksgiving Day Appetizers

November 13, 2018


No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce on the table. But should a day dedicated to delicious food (along with giving thanks, of course) be confined to just those favorites? We don’t think so! Gear up for the main course with these out-of-the-box appetizer ideas that will leave your guests hungry for more.

Holiday Flatbread with Cranberry Sauce and Goat Cheese

This easy, yet unexpected, Thanksgiving appetizer is a fun, holiday twist on traditional pizza. With only three ingredients, it makes a great last-minute addition to a sparse table. You can even leave the flatbread out alongside cranberry sauce and other jams and let guests create their own.

Pumpkin Soup in a Pumpkin Bowl

If there’s one word we think of when we hear fall, it’s pumpkin. With only a few weeks left to enjoy the deliciousness that is pumpkin-flavored everything, we can’t help but include this one. Even if you were planning on serving soup with the main course, having more than one option is never a bad idea!

Grilled Fruit Skewers

You didn’t pack up the barbecue yet, did you? We hope not because grilled fruit is a year-round favorite! Needing just a few minutes on the grill, virtually every fruit can be grilled to caramelized perfection. If your grill is unfortunately covered for the winter, you still have the option of steaming, roasting, or baking your fruits!


Canapés give new meaning to the term ‘finger foods.’ Whether on a puff pastry, cracker, or piece of lightly buttered bread, canapés can be topped with everything from meats and cheeses to fruits and fish. Plus, you can make each one unique, meaning your gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan relatives will still be able to partake in the tasty fun.

Mini Chicken Meatballs

Who says turkey is the only bird you can have on Thanksgiving? Save time during the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving morning by making these ahead of time, freezing them, and reheating them just before company arrives.

Turkey Fruit Tray

Just this once, we think it’s okay to play with your food. Instead of a traditional, bland fruit platter, bring your tray to life with a turkey-inspired arrangement your guests will gobble up. Or, let guests pick at our It’s Turkey Time™ arrangement all throughout the day.


Now that the appetizers are taken care of, it’s time to turn your attention to dessert!