Recipes For Thanksgiving Hors d’oeuvres

Some cooks have already planned their recipes for hor d’oeuvres to serve before the holiday meal. They will want to serve something that is slightly filling but won’t take away from the main meal.

Hors d’oeuvres are generally small one or two-bite items that are usually accompanied by cocktails.

In case you’re looking for something different from what you’ve made in the past, I’ve found 9 appetizer recipes for you to take a look at today.

Hors d’oeuvres can be served at a table or passed around on trays while your guests mingle.

These bite-sized morsels may be served at a party where a full dinner is not even going to be served if you so choose.

Garlic Swiss Mushrooms On Toast:

This recipe consists of sautéed mushrooms on a rustic slice of bread and topped with cheese and thyme.

Sweet Pea Pesto Crostini

Frozen or fresh peas can be used for this appetizer. Cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese bring a pleasant bite to the recipe.

Bacon & Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Canapes

This is a delicious bacon and goat cheese sweet potato canape recipe that’s both simple and beautiful for parties and holidays, etc.

Shrimp & Cucumber Canapes

These cute stacks really stand out in a holiday appetizer buffet. Tasty, cool, and crunchy, they come together quickly.

Easy Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites are a super easy but beautiful appetizer. These bites are made with crescent roll dough, brie, cranberry sauce, and a sprig of rosemary.

Puff pastry dough can be substituted for the crescent roll dough.

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Canapes

Whether you are planning a party or just a get-together with family, these appetizers will surely delight and satisfy them. They can be made ahead of time and baked right before serving.

Best Artichoke Dip Bites

These tangy bites boast three types of cheese – cream cheese, mozzarella, and parmesan. The recipe calls for both mayonnaise and sour cream, green chiles for a tang, and hand-picked seasonings for maximum flavor. 

Dried Apricot & Blue Cheese Canapes With Walnuts

This is a simple, elegant, and delicious hors-d’oeuvres recipe perfect for any holiday party.

Crusty Loaded Hasselback Potato Bites

These potato bites are cheesy, crispy, and delicious. They are perfect for holidays or any other occasion where you have people gathering in your home.

You can also serve these full-sized for a weeknight side dish.

Crudite platters & Dips:

Crudité platters or even dips served with crackers or chips can be considered hors d’oeuvres. A simple bowl of nuts can be served as well as drinks before dinner.

Your guests will need a napkin and a small plate they can use to hold their food. Be sure to make provisions for the disposal of any sticks, shells, shrimp tails, and used paper napkins.

An Alternative Holiday Dinner Party:

You could also ditch the traditional sit-down dinner in favor of a menu that consists of appetizers only.

Serving delicious finger foods can be inexpensive and low stress on the hostess. The trick is to find delicious appetizer recipes that mimic a traditional dinner menu.

Serving Plates For Thanksgiving Hors D’oeuvres:

There are various ways you can serve your guests.

Rectangular Dessert/Salad Plates:

Many cooks will have recipes for Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvres, and could serve them in these rectangular white serving plates

Disposable Eco-Friendly Heavy-Duty Mini Party Plates:

Disposable eco friendly heavy duty mini party plates for holiday appetizers or dessert.

7 Inch Square Dishware:

Many cooks will have recipes for Thanksgiving hor d'oeuvres, and could use these square dishware

Bamboo Cheese Board:

Bamboo cheese board

Serving Platters For Thanksgiving hor d’oeuvres:

If you want something disposable that you can throw away after your guests are gone, you could use plastic serving trays.

Plastic 3-Section Trays:

When serving Thanksgiving hors d'oeuvres, you could use this 3 section dishware.

The goal is to have fun and not spend your entire holiday in the kitchen cooking food. Try to make it as easy on yourself as possible so you can enjoy your day with family and friends.

Holidays are to be celebrated. There is no blue ribbon to be given out to whoever goes to the most trouble.

Enjoy your day!

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  1. What a great mix of things to choose from. I love the pre-dinner appetizers just as well as the main meal!

  2. Wonderful ideas! I like to make small hors oeuvres trays for myself on special holidays. The three-compartment tray would be perfect. One for sweet stuff and one for vegetables, etc. Thank you for sharing! I appreciate the affiliate links because then I don’t have to search. LOL
    “See” you tomorrow!!! 🙂

  3. I could definitely make a meal out of finger foods. I think I will try the garlic swiss mushroom toasts as that is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Also eyeing those rectangular salad/dessert plates. I don’t eat large portions of anything these days so I like smaller plates. I don’t cook large meals anymore and am trying to find and uses recipes for one or two servings.

  4. Something is wonky with your blog – your article is dated November 3 (in 2022) but the comments are all from 2021 – before you moved to your current apartment — that’s what I’m seeing on my computer even after hitting the “refresh” button.

    1. I reworked and added to the post and republished it with the current date. Never done that before, so I guess I’m doing something wrong.

      1. Your comments from 2021 do appear, but new comments from today appear as well. Maybe the old ones must be kept along w the new:) The recipes are awesome and I may try a few for Thanksgiving:) Thank you!

  5. Oh my gosh, Brenda, I’m so excited for you! January is right around the corner! I can’t wait to hear all about it, and then see how you decorate your new home as you settle in. Oh my goodness… so excited! Brenda, if I lived local to you, I would totally help you move. I wish you the best of luck with your new home! As for your links, they don’t bother me at all. In fact, if there’s something I like, I appreciate the fact that you have included the link to buy it, so thank you. Oh, and I didn’t comment yesterday, but that cornbread recipe looks delicious! I like a sweeter cornbread.

    1. Yep, Jan, you’re right, because this is my comment from last year, lol! As far as today… those appetizers look so yummy!

  6. I like the Alternative Dinner Party idea. They all look delicious! Excited to read tomorrow’s post about the new apartment.

  7. I feel I must say this and do not mean to hurt your feelings.
    Have your actually made any of these recipes? Even though I am an o.k. cook they look a little complicated, especially with a Thanksgiving dinner.
    Also, your blog was very loaded with things to buy, more like a sales site.
    I do like stories and pictures of Ivy and Gracie and believe me I have cried tears over Charlie and Abbie. I just think your blog has changed, other people’s houses, selling sites. Sorry.

    1. No worries. No, I haven’t made these recipes. Sorry you felt there were too many affiliate links. I just added the products from Amazon to make it easier for shopping.

  8. how did your meeting go with 55plus housig today go? sure hope you can soon find somehwhere nicer to live!

      1. I’m SO HAPPY for you, Brenda! You will have a fresh start in a safer place with kitchen drawers you can actually use and a second bedroom for your work space and/or guest room if grandchildren want to have a sleepover (I believe you were offered a two bedroom)? Oh this is wonderful news!

  9. Most of these recipes look delicious. It made me hungry! I’m saving/printing a few as I love a good appetizer ANY time, not just for the holidays. Anything with cream cheese is my favorite… and add shrimp, and I’m very happy. Thank you for going to the trouble to find these yummy recipes! Marilyn

  10. Beautiful presentations Brenda!
    Everything looks 😋 delicious!
    There are so many amazing appetizers. In my young days loved making them, trying something new. My favorite and everyone loved too, was a cold salmon mold. I loved making zucchini boats filled with veggie stuffing. All time winner was sweet & sour meatballs. Easy to prepare and it’s addictive!!!
    Most likely we will fix a traditional meal. Make most everything ahead. Easiest way to do it all. These days we order desserts (cake & pies) from a favorite bakery. So ❤ much better, a real time saver!!

  11. There’s no doubt those hors d’oeuvres are beautiful. But the kind of finger foods and fruits my family members and friends eat are like those shown in the “bamboo cheese board” display image, and I use the same approach when entertaining. Fast and easy, with an extra tray for various types of sliced and whole pickles and olives. The hors d’oeuvres shown are very pretty, but knowing my family, they would say “hey, where’s the REAL food?” We’re a pretty adventurous lot, but not when it comes to food!

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