A lot of Thanksgiving feasts really don’t need a bunch of hors d’oeuvres and fancy finger food lying about. You surely don’t need everyone filling up before the main event. However, having appetizers on hand while your guests trickle in can be a really smart plan. If dinner is running late and your guests have shown up with an empty stomach keeping apps on hand will keep the hangry at bay. The trick is making sure not to have overly heavy and rich appetizers available. While you’re at it, keep the quantity at a minimum so that your guests don’t make a complete meal before the meal.
Here are six fantastic apps that you can make that aren’t too heavy and can keep your guests happy while you’re putting the finishing touches on your magnificent holiday meal. Not only are they delicious but they’re all relatively easy to prepare and many can be made or prepped beforehand.
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Not only is this an absolutely beautiful hors d’oeuvre it’s not too heavy and it’s great to have on hand for those who are trying to keep their carbs in check. Not only can you make this app in the oven you can also make it on the grill. Put in the hands of your trusty cooking sidekick and you won’t even need to juggle it with all your other cooking duties. Even better, prep the day before and all you’ll have to do is cook them up just before serving.
Goat Cheese Cranberry Kisses
These little gems will get your mouth watering for Thanksgiving like nothing else! Put out just enough to give your guests a taste of what’s to come. They’re easy to make and are utterly delicious. These kisses also a great way to use up that leftover cranberries. Kick back, start a nice cozy fire, set these out and you’ve got a great evening.
Fried Herbed Almonds
These make for an absolutely addicting snack. Put these out for your guests and you can be guaranteed an empty bowl before you know it. They’re just so good you’ll want to make a couple batches and hold some back to enjoy later. These can be made be made up to two weeks in advance which makes them a great option for your Thanksgiving menu.
Homemade Cheese Crackers
These little homemade snack crackers are perfect for your guests to munch on while you finish up dinner. They won’t be able to load up on so many that they lose their appetite and these are perfect for making in advance. Kids and adults will enjoy this snack and don’t be surprised if you have everyone asking you for the recipe.
Gruyere, Mushroom, & Caramelized Onion Bites
A little will go a long way with these delicious bites. They’re loaded with warm, fall flavor and sure to please. As with the goat cheese cranberry kisses make this one in moderation so that it leaves your guests wanting more.
Luxe Truffle Deviled Eggs
Last, but not least, the ever-loved deviled egg! This one has a super swanky twist that makes it perfect for such an occasion. Better than that, it’s pretty customizable in it’s decadence. I mean, do you really need the gold-leaf? Note that if you add truffle salt or black salt as a garnish that you should compensate by putting less salt into the yolk mixture.
Enjoy your delicious day with your amazing guests. I promise, your guests are going to be so thankful they lucked out and spent the day with you!