39 Easy and Delicious Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

These make-ahead thanksgiving appetizers are the best way to get a head start on your turkey day prep. 🦃
Whether you’re hosting a crowd, or want to take a dish as a guest, these yummy recipes will fend off hunger pangs until the main event.

Because you can make these appetizers ahead of time, with minimal prep before serving, it means fewer dramas in the kitchen and more time for you to have fun and feel #thankful. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of easy and delicious make-ahead Thanksgiving appetizers that will keep your guests happy. – Enjoy! 🍗
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Here’s my essential toolkit for successful make-ahead meal prep

Freezer Tape and Sharpie Marker Set

Freezer Tape and Sharpie Set

Keep things organized with clever tape that won't fall off in the freezer
Food bag holders for meal prep

Bag Stabilizer Stand

These sturdy food bag holders will give you an extra pair of hands when you need them
Make ahead meal storage containers

Ziploc Twist’n’Loc Food Containers

These handy boxes come in all shapes and sizes and are BPA-free
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  1. Thanksgiving turkey cheese bites from Apron Strings
    They don’t call it turkey day for nothing! These bitesize, make-ahead cheeseballs are ideal if you want to keep an eye on your portions, or if you don’t want a lot of leftovers hanging around afterward.
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  3. Savory pumpkin dip from Gimme Some Oven
    Make the most of fall flavors with this savory version of a pumpkin dip.
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  5. Bacon almond cheddar bruschetta from Wholefully
    These crunchy toasts can be made ahead and frozen before baking, the only hard part is trying not to eat too many!
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  7. Taco pinwheels from Dinner at the Zoo
    Pinwheels are a hit no matter what the occasion but these taco flavored versions are perfect for adding a bit of spice.
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  9. Cranberry turkey meatballs from Well Plated
    For those guests who can’t wait for the main course, these make-ahead Thanksgiving appetizers of turkey meatballs with a cranberry sauce will hit the spot. Use a slow cooker to keep them warm until they’re ready to serve.
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  11. Twice-baked potatoes from Carlsbad Cravings
    These twice-baked potatoes are the ultimate comfort food and a brilliant heat and eat make-ahead Thanksgiving appetizer.
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  13. Baked chicken taquitos from Two Peas and Their Pod
    These baked chicken taquitos are not only healthier than the traditional recipe, but they’re also easier to serve up to a crowd with no messy or time-consuming frying needed!
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  15. Antipasti bites from Family Fresh Meals
    You’ll want to double your batch of these antipasti bites as we’re sure they’ll disappear in no time!
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  17. Apples on horseback from Food and Wine
    Using just 3 ingredients – manchego cheese, pink lady apples, and pancetta – these hors d’oeuvres can be put together and refrigerated. Then simply grill them into sweet and salty perfection when ready.
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    My favorite make-ahead cook book

    Make ahead and freezer meals cookbook

    Seriously Good Freezer Meals Recipe Book

    If you love make-ahead and freezer recipes then check out this cookbook, it's loaded with over 150 delicious creations!
  19. Pizza dip from The Seasoned Mom
    You can add just about any flavor variations you like to this mouthwatering pizza dip!
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  21. Hawaiian roll sliders from Two Healthy Kitchens
    These Hawaiian sliders are healthier and much less filling than normal bread sliders, so you can serve them up without spoiling anyone’s appetite.
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  23. Thanksgiving cheese ball from Handmade in the Heartland
    Cheeseballs are the ultimate make-ahead appetizer – probably why they’ve stayed so popular for so long. – This guy comes together in just 20 minutes and can be stored separately until you’re ready to assemble him.
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  25. Roasted cranberry and orange Thanksgiving crostini from Tastes Lovely
    Being able to make these colorful crostini a massive 5 days ahead, is going to be a real game-changer for your Thanksgiving celebration. Make sure you have an airtight container at the ready to keep the toasts nice and fresh.

  26. Products that make it easy to feed a crowd at Thanksgiving

    Buffet Food Warming Tray

    Buffet Warming Tray

    This warming tray with four compartments is perfect for parties and family gatherings
    Meal prep containers

    Meal Prep Containers

    Make meal prep easier than ever with these sectioned containers
    3 Tier Oval Bowl Set with Collapsible Rack

    3-Tier Serving Bowl

    The best space-saving way to present multiple dishes
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