9 Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Light bites are your best bet before a big holiday meal. Use fresh, seasonal ingredients to make something small but fabulous for your guests to enjoy before turkey time.
Kebabs

Kebabs

Photo by: Lara Robby / Studio D ©Copyright Hearst Commmunications Inc., 2008

Lara Robby / Studio D, Copyright Hearst Commmunications Inc., 2008

Light bites are your best bet before a big holiday meal. Use fresh, seasonal ingredients to make something small but fabulous for your guests to enjoy before turkey time.

Sausage Skewers

Turkey or chicken sausage makes tasty finger food – add some pantry staples and viola! An elegant app for only 35 calories per piece.

Recipe: Antipasto Sausage Skewers (pictured above)
Gooey Cheese

So easy and delicious – who doesn’t like warm cheese? Each ounce portion has 90 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 percent of your daily calcium needs. Serve with apples, whole-grain pretzels and lots of veggies for dipping.

Recipe: Baked Brie
Savory Spread

Two simple steps – roast and puree for this tasty spread. Serve with crackers, carrot sticks or toasted bread.

Crunchy Chips

Pass on the greasy bagged chips and bake up a leafy green veggie. These crispy chips are extremely popular right now.

Recipe: Kale Chips
Farm Fresh

You may be able to still find fresh radishes at your local farmers’ market – give ‘em a scrub and plate them up.

Homemade Hummus

Make hummus extra special with a touch of roasted red bell pepper.

Spicy Nuts

A holiday deserves more than a can of mixed nuts – spice things up.

Tapenade

Seasonal, gorgeous and delicious – all in 5 ingredients.

Sizzling Dip

This classic favorite gets a healthy makeover with a few small tweaks.

Keep Reading

Next Up

10 Thanksgiving Appetizers (Because There's More to the Holiday Than Turkey)

Check out these party-ready appetizers fit for your turkey-day feast, including squash soup, stuffed mushrooms and easy deviled eggs.

15-Minute Thanksgiving Appetizers

Try Food Network's easy Thanksgiving appetizers that take just 15 minutes to cook or assemble.

Best 5 Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes

To solve your appetizer apprehensions, check out Food Network's top 5 Thanksgiving appetizer recipes that will pair perfectly with the bird.

Best 5 Thanksgiving Appetizers

From deviled eggs to creamy cheese, check out Food Network's top-five appetizer recipes fit for the Thanksgiving feast.

Think About Appetizers — Thanksgiving Tip of the Day

Everyone loves spinach-artichoke dip — it's a crowd-pleaser that will have guests busy nibbling while you prepare the main meal.

POLL: What's Your Favorite Thanksgiving Appetizer?

Vote now and tell Food Network what your favorite Thanksgiving appetizer is.

8 of the Speediest Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes Ever

Get the recipes for eight of the fastest-ever Thanksgiving appetizers.

Behind the Booklet: 50 Easy Appetizers

Get extra recipes from Food Network Kitchens for easy appetizers for Thanksgiving from the November issue of Food Network Magazine.

Holiday Party Throwback: Retro One-Bite Appetizers

When it comes to throwing this year's holiday party, serve a revamped menu that isn't reminiscent of your grandmother's.

On TV

Food Network Apps

In the Kitchen

Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

Facebook Messenger

Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.

Amazon Echo

Just say "Alexa, enable Food Network skill" to get started.