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The Best Snacks to Munch on While You Wait for Your Turkey

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Turkeys can take a long time to cook so it’s always a good idea to have a few easy finger food dishes for your guests to snack on while awaiting that glorious turkey. Having appetizers that are light but compliment the meal are key- you don’t want anyone too stuffed and not eat a the meal! To help take the stress out of planning extra food to make, here are some simple recipes to  quickly whip up for awaiting hungry guests. Prevent the turkey hanger before it hits!

Simple Pumpkin Rolls

Bread is always a good starter to a meal. Whether serving on the side or having with a little bit of spread, it serves as the perfect vehicle for dips (you can buy pre-made to avoid extra cooking!) and will satisfy guests while they wait. Kari Anne of Thistle Wood Farms has shared this delicious, easy, and seasonal recipe for rolls that are baked up in the shape of pumpkins. You guests will forget their hunger when they see these adorable rolls!


3- Ingredient Cranberry Brie Bites

Who says a small ingredient lists dish can’t be fancy? Not Michelle from tablespoon. Her recipe for these cranberry brie bites only take three ingredients to make and result in a gorgeous looking and delicious tasting bite! Throw these in the oven ahead of time and have no worries while your turkey cooks!


Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta

During the Thanksgiving season, pomegranates and cranberries are abundant, so why not use them to create a tasty appetizer? Andrea from Table Party of Two shares her simple bruschetta recipe that is perfect for a Thanksgiving feast. Toasting a good quality crostini and topping it with cream cheese and a pomegranate and cranberry relish will have your guests tasting Thanksgiving before they even get to the turkey.


Savory Pumpkin Hummus with Fresh Sage

If just wanting to put out some crudite and chips for guests to munch on while they wait for the main attraction, this seasonally inspired hummus is just the thing to add to the mix. Shelley and Scott, the dynamic duo behind the blog Two Healthy Kitchens have a great hummus recipe that uses sage and pure pumpkin puree to give this beloved dip a fall twist. This recipe comes together in 5 minutes and it is so easy to make!


Pomegranate Jeweled Cheeseball

If dips aren’t your thing, but you love cheese plates, this simple and fall inspired cheese ball recipe from Jessica of How Sweet It Is is just the recipe for you! Using cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mascarpone, and almonds to create the ball, Jessica then adds spices, sage, and pomegranate arils to add a sweet and jeweled effect. Have this ready in the fridge when guests arrive and simply serve with crackers!


Spinach Puffs

Get some greens in before the meal starts with this delicious and mouth-watering recipe from Tara of Deliciously Declassified. Using pre-made puff pastry dough and frozen spinach, this recipe only needs a few ingredients to bake up these amazing puffs! With the addition of feta, scallions, and herbs, these come together in no time, making you a happy hosts with guests who have happy tummies!


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  • Reply Tara | Deliciously Declassified November 16, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Love this Thanksgiving round-up! Thank you for including my recipe 🙂

    • Reply Hannah Bertiger November 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm

      Anytime Tara- thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

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