7 Easy Thanksgiving Apps You Can Make in Advance

Make the appetizer course one less thing to worry about on Thanksgiving.

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Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto, as seen on Foodnetwork.com FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto, as seen on Foodnetwork.com FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto, as seen on Foodnetwork.com FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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When time starts ticking down to hours before Thanksgiving dinner, we know that you’ll have more than enough on your plate to worry about. Lighten your load with easy appetizers you can make before you get tied up with the turkey. Here are a few ideas to start.

Easy to make and keep on hand, these stuffed dates are the perfect combination of sweet, salty and savory. 

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The real beauty of crostini is in its stripped-down simplicity, whether you go sweet, savory, or use all of three ingredients, as with this marinated feta topping (made with feta, olive oil and herbes de Provence).

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Charles Masters

Use chopped herbs, nuts and paprika-dusted bacon to fill your appetizer tray with fun and colorful bite-size cheese balls.

Onion Dip from Scratch; Alton Brown

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Tara Donne

You can never go wrong with a good cold dip recipe in your back pocket, especially if it's Alton Brown's 5-star Onion Dip from Scratch. Make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until it's time to serve.

Also known as grissini, these parmesan-covered breadsticks are crunchy (not chewy) and can be stored for up to 3 days. See the step-by-step guide here.

Food Network Kitchen’s Spicy Sausage Balls.

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Matt Armendariz

This southern staple calls for just five ingredients and can be served at room temperature.

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Chef Name: Rachael Ray Full Recipe Name: Shrimp Cocktail with Rach's Quick Remoulade Talent Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Shrimp Cocktail with Rach's Quick Remoulade, as seen on Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: 30 Minute Meals Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Shrimp cocktail is a dinner-party classic, and with good reason. Ready in just 15 minutes, both the shrimp and Rachel Ray's remoulade can be made the night before and are meant to be served cold, no reheating necessary.

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