50 Appetizers for Thanksgiving That Will Blow Your Relatives Away

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Don’t get us wrong—we love a traditional Thanksgiving feast. But we pretty much know what to expect every year (turkey, mashed potatoes, you know the drill). Starters, on the other hand, can be full of delicious surprises. Here are 50 appetizers for Thanksgiving that will kick off your celebration with a bang.

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1. Cranberry, Brussels Sprouts and Brie Skillet Nachos

Otherwise known as Thanksgiving dip.

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2. Roasted Mixed Nuts

With just the right amount of spice.

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3. Roasted Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Flatbread

A seasonal twist on a party classic that everyone can get behind—even picky kids.

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4. Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachio and Orange

Set this warm and gooey app down and watch your guests instantly gather around.

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5. Cinnamon Apple Chips

They sure beat a bowl of regular potato chips.

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6. Crispy Mushrooms

Simply season and roast until nice and crispy.

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7. Artichoke Dip Bites

We’ve never seen dip this adorable.

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8. Baked Pumpkin with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Cheese

Bonus: They make perfect table decorations.

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9. Cheese Crostini with Cranberry Fig Jam

Sweet, tart and creamy in every bite.

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10. Eggplant Parm Bites

One of our favorite Italian mains, in finger food form.

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11. Jalapeño Poppers

Baked, never fried.

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12. Carrot Pigs in a Blanket

These cuties won’t spoil your appetite.

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13. Bleu Cheese Stuffed Figs

Sweet, savory and undeniably classy.

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14. Beer Cheese Soup

Crisp Pilsner + sharp cheddar = autumn bliss.

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15. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board

Part holiday appetizer, part work of art.

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16. Rosemary, Cheddar and Gorgonzola Pumpkin Crackers

With a soy-maple glaze.

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17. Baked Mac and Cheese Bites

Everyone’s favorite comfort food, in miniature.

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18. Spaghetti Squash Fritters

Hustle to the hors d'oeuvre table—these go quick.

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19. Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

Salty, tangy and sweet.

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20. Sweet Potato Crostini

With smoked salmon or cranberry-almond topping.

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21. Cauliflower “Tater” Tots

Better than the original (yep, we said it).

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22. Ultimate Cheese Plate with Roasted Grapes

Roasting grapes in oil and herbs will give them deep sweetness and complexity, perfect for pairing with salty, sharp cheese.

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23. Roasted Artichokes

Perfectly golden, crispy and briny.

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24. White Cheddar and Cranberry Dip

Squash season is back, and we are sooo ready for it.

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25. Deviled Eggs Three Ways

You can’t go wrong with this roasted garlic, Sriracha and capers trio.

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26. Black Bean Sweet Potato Boats

Loaded with flavor (and color).

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27. Brussels Sprout and Apple Tart

Don't skimp on the walnut pesto.

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28. Maple Candied Bacon

Syrup and brown sugar turn your favorite breakfast meat into a fall delicacy. Don't look now, but we're topping our apple pie with a few strips.

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29. Baby Bloomin’ Onions

Just like your favorite steakhouse makes them.

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30. Sweet Potato Skins

Walnut taco meat, a genius solution to accommodating your vegetarian guests.

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31. Caramelized Apples and Goat Cheese Crescents

They'll never know you started with store-bought dough.

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32. Brussels Sprouts Latkes

A potato classic meets fall's favorite vegetable.

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33. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites

Store-bought cranberry sauce and pie crust can save cocktail hour in 15 minutes flat.

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34. The Best Damn Pumpkin Soup

Just scoop out the seeds, pour in chicken stock and seasonings, then roast the whole darn thing in the oven.

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35. Maple Pecan Baked Brie

Serve this five-ingredient beauty with bread, crackers or slices of Granny Smith apple.

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36. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce

Don't peel the striped skin off—it's totally edible and offers serious fall flair to these handhelds.

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37. Pumpkin Pizza Crust with Arugula and Prosciutto

Bet you didn't think you'd see *this* type of pie on your holiday table.

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38. Bacon, Onion and Asiago Fondue

Is there anything more comforting than a skillet of warm, melty cheese? Didn't think so.

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39. Cheesy Polenta Bites with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta

Tangy goat cheese and salty pancetta hold their own atop crispy cornbread-like morsels of Parmesan polenta.

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40. Brussels Sprout Sliders

These prosciutto- and mozzarella-stuffed gems won't last long at the party.

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41. French Onion Cups

The only way to make this Gruyère-rich soup more decadent? Wrapping it in puff pastry, of course.

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42. Savory Pumpkin Dip

Complete with toasted pecans, crumbled bacon and pumpkin purée.

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43. Instant Pot Spicy Thai Butternut Squash Soup

Meet a soup that's pretty enough to steal the spotlight from any roast turkey.

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44. Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites

We have one question: Are you dipping in yellow mustard or beer cheese?

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45. Roasted Pumpkin Hummus

Not only does the recipe call for a whole sugar pumpkin, it also gets an entire head of roasted garlic.

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46. Mini Mason Jar Chicken Potpies

Behold, the cutest little casseroles you ever did see.

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47. Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Don't have the patience for charring sprouts? Wrapping them in bacon will give them the crunch you crave minus the smoking pan.

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48. Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

And you thought pasta salad season was over.

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49. Baked Gorgonzola Bites

We like to think of this five-ingredient, half-hour app as savory monkey bread.

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50. Baked Maple Glazed Donuts

No messy frying required. We're saving some for Black Friday brunch.

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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