We love our family and all the traditions created with them over the years. However, the holiday season is also a great time to get together with friends, both old and new. After your traditional celebration on Thanksgiving Day, plan a modern-day Friendsgiving party. You can make it a fun potluck where each guest brings a dish. Or go appetizer style with fancy cocktails.
If choosing the latter, we’ve searched the internet and found fifteen fantastic appetizers to create that will make you a star at your Friendsgiving party!
Spicy and Sweet Cranberry Jalapeno Dip
Ok, can you say trendy? This might sound trendy and like too many flavors mixed together. I am here to tell you it is the best of sweet, spicy and savory. Easy to make ahead of time and serve it with your favorite cracker. Made with fresh diced cranberries, cream cheese, jalapeno, cilantro and lemon juice. Dicing up the fresh cranberries is a little time consuming but worth the flavor. If you try to do this in a food processor it makes the cranberries more like mush. The best results for me were making sure the cranberry mixture sat in the refrigerator overnight to marinate the flavors, then strain the juices off and put on top the cream cheese. This can be made ahead of time. This recipe will surprise all your guests and was created by Sparrows and Lilly.
Bacon Wrapped Stuffing Bites
Well, of course, we need to make something that highlights bacon! This recipe may be made with store bought stuffing or homemade. The real star of this appetizer is the thick cut bacon.
I usually am making stuffing to go along with the turkey, so I just increase the recipe for stuffing. You may wrap small stuffing balls with bacon and secure with a toothpick before your guests arrive. Bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes and drain on a paper towel. Guaranteed to be a great intro to the big meal. Created by Who Needs A Cape.
Easy Stuffed Mushrooms
These mushroom bites are so easy to make and delicious. It will look as if you have been cooking all day. I like to be able to spend time with my guests the day of the meal, so I look for easy appetizers to prepare ahead and then bake and serve. The mushrooms in this recipe are prebaked a little ahead of time so it speeds up the process. The mushrooms are then stuffed with a mixture of spinach-artichoke dip, loose cooked sausage, and Italian style panko crumbs.
Place the stuffed mushrooms in a baking pan and cook for 13-18 minutes until the panko bread crumbs brown. This recipe by Pillsbury will delight and surpass all your guests’ expectations.
Apple Crescent Roses
These are like mini apple pie bites easily made with Pillsbury Crescent dough. Cut up and cook some fresh apple for the filling with all that wonderful cinnamon flavoring and then roll up in the dough and bake. This works great if you precook the apple filling and then the day of the dinner, wrap in the dough and bake for a hot delicious bite of gooey goodness. This party is going strong and the main event, the meal, has not even started.The Apple Crescent Roses can be drizzled with caramel or a powder sugared glaze and the recipe is from Pillsbury.
Baked Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip
We love sweet and savory for a good mix of the appetizers. This will provide for sweet but with the mix of cream cheese, it cuts the sweet taste a little. Be warned, this is addicting. This recipe for Baked Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip was created by Lemon Tree Dwelling and can be served with vanilla wafers, graham crackers or pretzel sticks. It is a cream cheese mixture with apple/ caramel filling on top and a crumb topping — almost like an apple pie cheesecake. Bakes in the oven after you layer it, and it is easy. This makes an elegant looking appetizer that only takes minutes to prepare.
Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread
This bread can be a focal point for any appetizer table you want to set up. It is easy to make and all that is really required is a good crusty loaf of bread. Sourdough works well or a Vienna bread. I suggest watching the tutorial that accompanies this recipe so you cut the bread properly to get all the cheesy-garlic goodness down in the bread. Also, do not skimp on using fresh garlic to make the garlic butter. This bread is addicting thus the name “crack bread’. Enjoy a piece when it first comes out of the oven or you will not have a chance of tasting it. Your friends will gobble it up. The recipe is by recipetineats.
Five Minute Savory Pumpkin Hummus
It is Friendsgiving and what better way to have fun with your new friends than to create a favorite hummus. This recipe has chickpeas (garbanzo beans), fresh sage and pumpkin puree. Blend this together with a few other ingredients and you have a savory dish to serve with crackers. The sage really brings out the other flavors. Your guests are going to thank you for this recipe.
Created by two healthy kitchens.
Thanksgiving Punch For A Crowd
If you are the host of this party, make it easy and enjoy time with guests. This holiday apple punch served in a large glass container with fresh apples floating in it is refreshing. The only thing I was going for with the recipe is something non-alcoholic and refreshing. We like to create our drinks one glass at a time when we get together. However, having water and a punch is essential. It makes the host’s job easier because she/he does not have to run for drinks. Serve this in cute mason jar cups for a novelty. Recipe created by I Heart Naptime.
French Onion Tartlets
So this appetizer is absolutely amazing. Caramelized onions with cream cheese served in a phyllo dough, cannot go wrong. If you are hosting at your house, request that a friend make these as their donation to the meal. I don’t mind caramelizing the onions or making this appetizer, however for those who have made french onion soup, it is the lasting smell in your house that is a problem. I could go on to tell you all the things I have done to try to get rid of the smell, but they never worked so give this recipe to a friend and then bake the morsels in your oven when they arrive. These tartlets will be worth the wait because they are melt in your mouth goodness. Recipe by Girl Versus Dough.
Spicy Chicken Cheese Balls
The name itself had everyone ready to try a few of these. Most of my friends like spicy and chicken together and if you add cheese to that mix, it becomes superb. The hot sauce and flour will hold it all together while it bakes.This recipe makes a tasty morsel that will be gone quickly. I served the Spicy Chicken Cheese Balls on a tray with celery and ranch ( blue cheese) dressing. I suggest doubling the recipe because they only made it for one pass around the room. The fact that these bake in the oven makes it a make-ahead treat to provide ease for the host. This recipe was created by Everyday Made Fresh. Remember this recipe for Sunday Football viewing DinDin Party events.
Spinach, feta, scallions, olive oil, dill/parsley, garlic and some salt and pepper – if that all sounds good together, we have another winner. If your guests love bold flavors then the spinach with feta and the seasonings mentioned will fit that craving. It is nestled into a puff pastry to bake. A little touch of goodness in every bite.We pair these appetizers with some great wine or our favorite cocktail and relax. This recipe was created by deliciously declassified.
Bacon and Brown Sugar Straws
We have the sweet and savory combination of this mouth-watering treat. It is a simple puff pastry twisted with a piece of bacon and glazed in a brown sugar and cayenne pepper mix. The glaze brings out the bacon flavor and the puff pastry cooks up to a golden brown. The recipe was created by Everyday Cooking.
Onion Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Ball
I had decided a few years ago to stay away from making cheeseballs. I felt they had run their course and there was not much new about them. This recipe for Onion Cranberry-Pecan Cheese Ball by Real House Mom’s changed my mind. The mixture of sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, green onion and the sweetness of dried cranberries is amazing. The crushed pecans add a richness of flavors. It is easy to make, is a colorful combination of colors and it can be made ahead of time. It gets better tasting as it marinates together with all the flavors. Serve it with your favorite cracker and walk away. This recipe was created by Real House Mom’s.
Jalapeno Cheese Crisps
This is basically a wonderful cheese crisp cooked on a cookie sheet, with a jalapeno piece added and bacon sprinkled on. It is so easy to make a tray of these with very little effort and friends are going to love them. They have a little bit of a kick to them but in the grand scheme of things, it is basic goodness. I used the cracked black pepper bacon because I love the flavor of it but regular bacon will be fine. The recipe was created by Delish.
Cranberry Bacon Jam Crostini
Ok, so this make-ahead jam seems a little extravagant for a party. It has outstanding flavors and when I make it, I can jar it for a few guests to take home. It makes a nice gift and is great to eat among the celebration of friends. So making the jam is really a one pot deal with bacon, garlic, onion, brown sugar, cranberry juice, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar and dried cranberries. This can easily be made ahead of time and then just before your guests arrive, prepare your favorite crostini with butter and sliced smoked cheese. Toast it in the oven and then add your jam and some pecan pieces if desired. It is amazing how all the flavors compliment each other in that one bite. This recipe was created by The Recipe Rebel.
What is your favorite Friendsgiving appetizer to serve?
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