This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Albertsons. All opinions are 100% mine.
These festive and easy Thanksgiving appetizers are sure to be a hit for your next Thanksgiving feast!
Thanksgiving appetizers can come in all forms and range from everything from simple finger foods, to veggie trays, to tasty dips. They can be a big part of your Thanksgiving day or simply something to hold people over (or to keep kids out of the kitchen) until the big dinner is served. In our family, we do our Thanksgiving Appetizers as an actual meal, whether we do it on Thanksgiving Day or a day before or after. We do it completely separate from the main meal and we usually have it with soups and salads along with the dips and finger foods.
Where To Buy Ingredients For Thanksgiving Appetizers
We love shopping at Albertsons when we make appetizers because they always have the best produce, deli, bakery, and holiday items. We got all the ingredients for the Thanksgiving turkey veggie tray (recipe/instructions below) at Albertsons Market Street. If you shop at either the Market Street or Broadway locations in Idaho, they even have a bunch of pre-made appetizers you can buy (makes it even EASIER). You can even order your items online and use Albertsons Grocery Delivery or DriveUp & Go™ to quickly grab your order and get back to your big day! You don’t even need to get out of your warm car.
Thanksgiving Appetizers: Dips
Probably the easiest Thanksgiving appetizer to make is a dip. Dips are usually the cheapest things to make, too. You can just throw a few ingredients together and have it be done. Cold dips and cheese balls are great because they can be made in advance. No warming needed! Just bring the dip as-is with some chips, crackers, or bread and you are good to go!
- Clam Dip
- Roasted Red Pepper Dip
- Cream Cheese Shrimp Dip
- 5-Minute Dill Pickle Dip
- Easy Spinach Dip
- Cream Cheese Fruit Dip (for dipping fruit)
I believe that cheese balls are more of a “spread” than a “dip” so I am going to give them there own little category here. Cheese balls a very traditional Thanksgiving appetizer. They are so colorful and festive looking! I love all the different flavors and textures of cheese balls. They are sweet and savory and go so well with crackers, pita chips, or even vegetables.
Thanksgiving Appetizers: Finger Foods
What I love about finger foods is that they can be eaten in just 1 or 2 clean bites. This is perfect for when you have social-style Thanksgiving gatherings. You can stand and chat with the other guests without feeling like you are taking gigantic bites of food while still trying to have a conversation. Finger foods are also great if there are kids involved. Kids love being able to try little portions of each Thanksgiving appetizer and you don’t have to worry about them double-dipping. You can just give them a few little things and send them on their merry way.
Hot Finger Foods
- Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
- Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies
- Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs
- Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- Shrimp Taco Bites with Cilantro Cream Sauce
Cold Finger Foods
- Shrimp Cocktail
- Ham Roll Ups with Pickle
- Veggie Pizza Squares
- Tea Sandwiches (aka Ribbon Finger Sandwiches)
- Peach Caprese Skewers
For easy serving, having a large tray or board full of a variety of items are the way to go. There is always something for everyone and it takes the guess-work out. Like finger foods, each item on the tray can be eaten in just a bite or two and they can be nibbled during conversation. Most of these boards and trays can be made in advance, too. You can make them the day before and keep them refrigerated until ready to eat. They are always an unforgettable Thanksgiving appetizer!
- Meat and Cheese Tray (Cold Cuts Tray)
- How To Make a Charcuterie Board
- Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray (see below)
Thanksgiving Turkey Veggie Tray
You are going to love this Thanksgiving turkey veggie tray. It is a festive looking Thanksgiving appetizer that can easily double as a table centerpiece. Let’s be honest, most centerpieces just take up precious dinner table space. This one you can EAT! Set it out on the table before dinner when kids and guests are feeling snack-y. It is something light and healthy that they can eat that can curb their hunger without spoiling their appetite for dinner. I shopped at Albertsons in my local area for all the items on this turkey veggie tray, but you can also look for these products, including their exclusive O(italicized) Organics And Signature SELECT product lines, at any of the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons.
What Vegetables Go On A Turkey Veggie Tray?
The sky is the limit! There are all sorts of vegetables that can be used on a veggie tray but since this is a Thanksgiving appetizer, we wanted to use more of those beautiful fall colors. We found some REALLY cool vegetables like the purple cauliflower, Aloha bell peppers, and the rainbow carrots at Albertsons. They have such a wide variety of produce, making it super easy to add a wide variety of colors to the veggie tray. Here’s what we used:
- Bell peppers – We used Aloha bell peppers from Albertsons. It has the cool red and yellow color swirls.
- Cauliflower – we used purple and orange varieties
- O Organics® Baby Rainbow Carrots
- Signature Farms® Sugar snap peas
- Constellation Cherry Tomatoes (Rainbow Mix)
You can also use:
- Signature SELECT™ Olives
- Mini bell peppers
- Pickled beets
- Wash all vegetables and set aside. Combine sour cream and ranch dip mix and place on the bottom egdge of a large serving plate. Peel and cut cucumbers into spears and cut celery into 4-5" sticks.
- Arrange cucumber and celery around 2/3 of the plate in a fan shape. You can arrange alternating each or in sections. Arrange so about 1" of the vegetables are hanging off the edge. This gives it a cool effect and allows more room to work with on the tray. Note: I like to leave some of the leaves on the celery ribs to make them look more "feathery". This is totally optional.
- Place carrots directly over top of the celery and cucumbers, then place sugar snap peas below the carrots so they are slightly overlapping.
- Arrange broccoli and cauliflower tightly around the dip container, then fill in the remaining space between the cauliflower and snap peas with cherry tomatoes.
- Cut the bottom off of one of the bell peppers to make the turkey "face" and place at the top of the dip container. Add confectionary eyes (found in the cake decorating section of the grocery store). Cut off the tip of a baby carrot and cut our a wedge forming the mouth.
- Use remaining pepper to make the top of the wings. Slice the rest of the peppers and arrange over the "fan" between the tomatoes and smap peas. Use remaining carrots to make wings and arrange beneath the plate to make the "breats feathers".