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Nov 8, 2004 11:41 AM

Thanksgiving appetizers and finger food

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I am having a small thanksgiving this year. I would love to have some little bits and appetizers laying around for people while I am cooking. Any ideas. The simpler the better. Thanks as always.

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  1. Stuffed mushrooms are always popular around this time of year...or how about cocktail meatballs in cranberry sauce? (Cranberry sauce, chili sauce, fresh lemon juice and brown sugar.) Very easy and you can leave it in the crockpot if you like. And, then, there is always the cream-cheese-covered-with-pepper-jelly appetizer that has a million variations. Epicurious has a great Sausage Stuffed Mushroom recipe at their website.

    1. Some ideas:

      >>Stuffed prunes wrapped in bacon: stuff prune w/ goat cheese and whole almond or pistachio; wrap in bacon piece; secure w/ toothpick or rosemary spear; bake at 375 deg. til bacon brown but not super-crispy; can be served at room temp.

      >>Puff pastry cheese sticks: defrost puff pastry sheets (I like Pepperidge Farm); using pizza cutter, slice into long, thin strips; place on baking sheet; twist pastry so it looks like pasta spiral; brush w/ melted butter and dust w/ parmesan, bleu cheese, etc.; bake using instructions on package.

      >>Fruit chips: haven't done this before, but you can slice fruit paper thin (apple, pear, pineapple come to mind); lightly spray w/ canola oil; slow bake in oven on low heat; also might be yummy and creative if you made a "salsa" for dipping using the same fresh fruit mixed w/ other ingredients (eg, pineapple chips w/ pineapple, red bell pepper salsa)

      >>Spiced mixed nuts: super easy; don't have a recipe but search around

      1. doesn't get much simpler than Salami below...seems to be very popular....on their 'most popular' board.


        2 Replies
        1. re: Betsy

          Could you please direct me to epicurious's "most popular" board? I can't seem to find it from their general page.

          Thanks a lot.

          1. re: GGG

            go to their main page at
            select "recipes" just under their masthead, upper left corner of page....
            Then on the left side of page, you'll see "buzz box"...their 20 most popular recipes...and wouldn't ya know it? The Salami Crisp recipe is not listed now...DOH!!!!! But do try the Tilapia with Lime Chili Butter, so, so good for minimal effort. Hope this helps you.

        2. I once brought smoked salmon cut into bite-sized pieces, little toasts, sliced lemon, and tiny bowls of capers and finely chopped onions to a Thanksgiving gathering. It has been demanded by that group ever since -- if I'm not there someone else has to bring it. It's luxurious but not too heavy and contrasts nicely with the flavors of the dinner to come.

          You can cut up the salmon early in the day and refrigerate tighly wrapped in plastic wrap and do the toasts and put them in a airtight container.

          4 Replies
          1. re: GretchenS

            the combination of smoked salmon, capers and red onion is a total knock-out, I agree! If you try it with a toasted bagel & cream cheese, and then the smoked salmon, chopped capers & onion, it is heavenly also.

            1. re: GretchenS

              I like the looks of this simple smoked salmon hors d'ouevres.



              1. re: GretchenS

                A delicious variation on this that I had as an appetizer at a Thanksgiving dinner once:

                Sliced gravlax (cured Scandinavian salmon) on soft rye w/ whole grain mustard, fresh dill, and caramelized red onion

                Soooo good, esp. w/ a nice white wine (forgot what we had) or the traditional drink, Aquavit. This is the kind of dish that can stand on its own w/o other apps since it's so striking and plentiful if you cure a whole salmon. Never made gravlax myself, but a lot of recipes available on the web. I know there's a recipe in chef Marcus Samuelsson's beautiful cookbook, "Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine," which I don't own but may put on my Xmas list.

                1. re: Carb Lover

                  A few weeks back, I went to a place here in town (Fort Calgary) and had another variation of this with pickled red onion. The Chef rolled the salmon around the pickled onion and other ingredients. Something to try and experiment with. It was so delicious, I wanted to cry, but instead I just went back for seconds.

              2. How about a variety of olives and some small marinated fresh mozarella balls. Shrimp/crab cocktail is always a quick easy way to go. Crostini with a variety of spreads like roasted red pepper, pesto, blue cheese.