Best 5 Thanksgiving Appetizers
While you want your Thanksgiving dinner guests to have something to munch on when they arrive at your house, you don't want them to fill up on snacks and ultimately be too full to enjoy the feast. So, when it comes to dishing out appetizers on turkey day, less is more; think small bites of crunchy nuts, a simple soup or a creamy cheese. These fuss-free starters will satisfy the crowd and leave them craving the main event, but — as a bonus for you, the host or hostess — most are quick to prepare. Read on below for Food Network's top-five Thanksgiving appetizer recipes to find ideas fit for the feast, then check out Thanksgiving Central for more appetizer inspiration.
5. Devilish Eggs — Ready to eat in less than 25 minutes, these classic deviled eggs are lightened up with the help of tofu, which stretches the traditionally indulgent mustard-laced yolk filling.
4. Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip — Follow Alton Brown's lead and save time in the kitchen by starting with frozen spinach and frozen artichokes to make his quick-fix dip. He mixes tangy sour cream with cream cheese, plus a dollop of mayonnaise and a pinch of garlic powder, for over-the-top richness.
3. Rosemary Roasted Cashews — It takes just a handful of ingredients to turn out Ina Garten's dressed-up cashews. She recommends tossing the nuts with the herbs and brown sugar while they're still warm from the oven so these ingredients stick to the cashews.
2. Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup — Made with a trio of fresh mushrooms and scented with thyme, Ina's impressive soup boasts hearty flavor, thanks to a buttery leek base and homemade mushroom stock.
1. Baked Brie — Think of Tyler's cheese plate (pictured above) as the ultimate hands-off appetizer: Just bake a wheel of Brie until it's deliciously soft and creamy, and serve with your favorite dippers, like sliced bread, crunchy carrots or pretzels. Click the play button on the video above to watch Tyler make it.