Gobble Up These 5 Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving requires days of preparation. You have finished your list of items to assemble in the days before the feast and are almost through cooking the day-of list. There will be so much delicious food. And to save kitchen space and room in your stomach, you go without food until the table is filled. 

Ok, so you eat, just not meals. There are tastings of the Thanksgiving menu and a bite of some Halloween candy you found. And, of course, there are the appetizers your family has spent hours preparing. 

But this year, it’s your turn to make the appetizers. Mess up your choices and everyone will be hangry, impatiently waiting for the meal to be ready. The pressure is on, but The Dairy Alliance has your back.  

This year, try these Thanksgiving appetizers. There’s something for everyone on this list. Whether you’re looking for a savory munch or a sweet bite, find the dairy recipe right for you and your Thanksgiving guests. 

Orange Almond Quick Bread 

Greek yogurt and milk are the secret ingredients to keeping this quick-bread super moist. Topped with a glaze, a slice of this bread is a good mid-morning snack to serve while the Thanksgiving crowd watches the parade, served with a glass of milk to keep everyone happy while the smells of dinner begin to float out of the kitchen. 

Southeast Dairy Association - shortbread with fig jam

Parmesan Shortbread with Fig Jam 

Top the cheesy shortbread wafers with fig jam and Parmesan cheese for an elegant appetizer. Make the dough in advance, shape the balls, and arrange them on the baking sheet. Wait until shortly before the in-laws arrive to bake the shortbread so it perfumes your whole house. 

Southeast Dairy Association - cheddar puffs

Cheddar Puffs 

These easy cheese appetizers feature a pleasing combination of savory and sweet flavors for those who will load their plate with everything offered later in the day. These appetizers are good for people with a sensitivity to lactose who will never refuse their love of dairy foods. 

Southeast Dairy Association - low country crab dip

Lowcountry Warm Crab Dip 

An appetizer that will go fast, this warm, cheesy dip is packed full of three kinds of cheese—cheddar, parmesan, and cream cheese—and fresh crabmeat. With Old Bay seasoning, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, each bite brings enough flavor to compete with the foods in the feast yet to come. 

Roasted Garlic and White Bean Dip 

Cottage cheese gives this deliciously creamy dip the perfect texture. Serve with fresh vegetables or crackers for the onlookers who crowd the kitchen but do not help.