Every Thanksgiving should start off with some delicious appetizers that don’t leave family & friends too full to devour a plate of turkey and side dishes. Try some of these light appetizer ideas to whet your guests’ appetites for Thanksgiving dinner.
Guests can snack on these by the handful and they won’t feel too bogged down for a large dinner. The kids will especially love their diminutive size and crunchy texture. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees, wrap up 2 cans of chickpeas in a towel and roll it to make the the skins fall off. Trash the skins and combine your chickpeas with the following ingredients:
- 1 minced garlic clove
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 90 minutes.
Caramelized Onion Bacon Spread
This light spread can be easily applied to slices of bread or crackers. Present them to your guests on this lovely Sagamore Bay Acorn Serving Board. It’s spacious enough to hold an array of finger foods and it’s very easy to hold thanks to its one of a kind oak leaf and acorn cluster handles.
You’ll need the following ingredients to make your caramelized onion bacon spread:
- 3 cups chopped onion
- 3 slice crumbled bacon
- 2 ounces of Gruyere/Swiss/Fontina/Raclette cheese
- 2 tablespoons chives
- ½ cup canola mayonnaise
- ½ cup sour cream
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat up your onions in a pan coated with cooking spray. Saute them for 5 minutes with frequent stirring. Lower the heat and let them cook for 20 minutes. Combine your cheese with the caramelized onions and other ingredients in a bowl. Put this mixture in a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
Garlic Herb Dip
This dip tastes amazing and is a nice bridge to your holiday dinner. It’ll hardly take any time to make and it’ll please everyone at your gathering. You’ll need these ingredients:
- 1 minced garlic clove
- ¼ cup of buttermilk
- ½ cup of cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon of minced parsley
- 3 tablespoons of minced chives
- 2 teaspoons of grated lemon rinds
- ½ teaspoon of salt
Mix the ingredients in a bowl. Serve with carrots, cauliflower, bread slices and crackers.
Vegetable samosas will be the perfect light Thanksgiving appetizer. They should be served at room temperature with mint chutney. Although this appetizer takes a bit of time to make, its remarkable taste is well worth it.
To make the chutney, you’ll need:
- 1 cup mint leaves
- 1 cup cilantro leaves
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper
- ½ teaspoon ginger
Mix these ingredients, cover and place in the refrigerator.
To make the samosas, you’ll need:
- 1 cup mashed potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 3 teaspoons mustard seeds
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1 cup green peas
- 1 teaspoon of salt
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the ingredients but for the potatoes. After the other ingredients have warmed up for a few minutes, stir in the potatoes. Then remove the pan from the heat. Spoon a tablespoon worth of your mixture onto a 3 by 14 inch strip of phyllo dough. Fold a corner of the phyllo dough over to create a triangle. Put these triangles with their seams facing down onto a baking sheet. Brush them with a tablespoon of oil and bake for 20 minutes. Serve with the chutney on this Wood and Slate Cheeseboard.
Your guests will love this tasty light dip. Present a large bowl of your pumpkin dip along with some apple slices on this lovely Scalloped Edge Sandlewood Charger. It has a rich wood grain that fits the Thanksgiving season perfectly.
Collect these ingredients to make your pumpkin dip:
- 24 apple slices
- 1 cup cream cheese
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons maple syrup
Beat the cream cheese, brown sugar and pumpkin together until blended. Add the cinnamon and syrup and stir. Cover the mixture and place it in the refrigerator for half an hour. Present the pumpkin dip with your apple slices at a table with this lovely Bronze Mercury Acorn Pillar Wrap/Wreath. Its unique bronze mercury glass ornaments will serve as the perfect conversation starter while you enjoy your pumpkin dip and anticipate the main course.
Each of these light appetizers will set the stage for your Thanksgiving dinner. They’re all delicious but don’t pack the heft of other richer, more bulky starters. No matter which one you pick, you’ll have the perfect transition into your holiday meal.