While the dinner is the main attraction of any Thanksgiving celebration, the appetizers are equally important. If you don’t snack carefully, you’ll find yourself getting hangry and antsy before dinner is even ready to be served. Eat too big of a lunch, and you may be too full for dinner. But if you get your appetizers just right, you’ll find yourself at the perfect level of hungry when you sit down to your giant plate of potatoes, veggies, stuffing, whatever it may be. But how do you achieve that perfect hors d’oeuvres equilibrium?

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1. Small Bites

Rosemary Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms

Image Source: Rosemary Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

These wonderful appetizers are bite-sized versions of dinner foods to keep you satisfied while you wait for all those awesome entrees and sides to cook. They’ll definitely get you into the spirit of the Thanksgiving meal! Get all the savory flavor you’re sure to be craving with these Rosemary Wild Rice Stuffed Mushrooms from Jamie Bevia! Counter it with a little bit of sweetness paired with some bonus nutrition with Katharina Boden‘s Cheesy Cashew Cream Stuffed Figs with a Salad.


There’s one flavor that you definitely have to have on your table for this holiday. That’s right, you guessed it: Pumpkin! Get your seasonal fix with these Pumpkin Dumplings with Leek Sauce from Valentina Chiappa. For rolled and wrapped snacks, which should always be available with hors d’oeuvres, you could whip up either these delectably Crispy Potato Leek Rolls from Kristina Jug & Mitja Bezenšek or a delectably creamy Spinach Dip Crescent Roll Ring from Melanie Sorrentino.

2. Cheese

Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez (a.k.a. Vegan Boursin) [Gluten-Free]

Image Source: Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez [Gluten-Free]


A go-to appetizer snack that always seems to be on the table at any holiday celebration is cheese. We’ve gathered some plant-based options for you to enjoy and munch on! For something spreadable that you can put on crackers, bread, dip veggies in, you name it – make this Roasted Garlic and Fresh Herb Cream Cheez from Annie Oliverio. For another smooth option but this time with a pesto flavor, try out this Creamy Spreadable Pesto Cheese from Maya Sozer. The creaminess really shines through in Tanya Alekseeva‘s Raw Creamy Macadamia Nut Cheese.

If you want to go with a classic cashew based recipe that every guest is sure to enjoy, try out Lenia Patsi‘s Instant Cashew Cheese. You could also really impress your guests with a plant-based baked brie! Yes, you heard that right: Emilie Heck‘s Baked Brie with Apricot Jam is sure to be a crowd pleaser.


3. Crackers and Chips

Vegan Grain-Free Salted Rosemary Chickpea Crackers

Image Source: Salted Rosemary Chickpea Crackers [Vegan, Grain-Free]

What is cheese without crackers? You’ve got to have some chips to snack on as well, otherwise your appetizers will definitely be missing something. A little crunchiness will keep your hunger at bay! But you don’t want any plain old ordinary chips and crackers, which is why you should try these Salted Rosemary Chickpea Crackers from Taryn Fitz-Gerald. For a perfect pair, try this recipe with a bonus part: Whole Wheat Sesame Crackers with Hummus from Gabrielle St. Claire!

Get some health food in your pre-party snacking while not sacrificing any flavor with Julie Zimmer‘s Healthy Spelt, Oats, Chia and Flax Seed Crisps! You could also make a healthier option to your classic chip with these 5-Ingredient Zucchini Chips from Magdalena Pienkos. For a chip that will go great with cheese, veggies or even the hummus from your sesame crackers above, try out this Easy Homemade Pita Chips from Mireille Aikman. Keep reading to see what other amazing things you could pair pita chips with!

4. Dips and Spreads [Vegan]

Butternut Squash Hummus [Vegan, Gluten-Free] topped with pumpkin seeds and parsley

Image Source: Butternut Squash Hummus [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Cheese isn’t the only thing that pairs well with chips and crackers! Not only that, but you can spread these awesome recipes on bread, veggies, whatever you like. For a seasonal start, whip up this Butternut Squash Hummus from Daniela Modesto. You can combine cheese and dip and get the best of both worlds with Claudia Luger-Bazinger‘s Potato Onion Cheese Spread! Following along with the style of cheesy creamy goodness, your guests will love this Creamy Baked Kale and Artichoke Dip from Colorful Kitchen!

Figs are a stellar seasonal ingredient that make lots of appearances in Thanksgiving foods, so get an early start with them on your appetizer table with this Fig and Cashew Dip from Ashley Smyczek. And who said pate couldn’t be plant-based? Make your very own with Simona Malerba‘s Mushroom and Tempeh Pate.


5. Crostinis, Tartlets and Bruschetta

Roasted Garlic Tahini Crostini 1

Image Source: Roasted Garlic Tahini Crostini [Vegan]

Bread or pastry? Check. Amazing toppings? Check. Easy to eat and portable for mingling? Check. These are going to be your best friends at the Thanksgiving gathering. You’ll find yourself reaching for these Roasted Garlic Tahini Crostini from Florian Nouh again and again. If you like the crostini form of snacking, then make sure to have some topping options for your guests – also make these Butternut Squash Crostini with Cranberries and Tahini Dressing from Jennifer Harmon.

Tartlets are a popular party choice for good reason, they’re convenient and delicious! These Eggplant Potato Tartlets from Lenia Patsi will be a hit. There’s nothing like a mini quiche to snack on while you dream of the potatoes and mushroom gravy you’ll be eating soon, and these Crustless Quinoa Quiche from Jessica Meyers Altman are a great choice. Of course, you could always make a classic with Heirloom Tomato and White Bean Bruschetta from Paris Marash.

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Lead Image Source: Butternut Squash Hummus [Vegan, Gluten-Free]