No Oven Required Thanksgiving Appetizer Ideas

cheddar chutney dip recipe

When I was working on The Thanksgiving Game Plan, I asked everyone what their biggest turkey day challenges were. One that I heard over and over again was, what can I make for guests to snack on that doesn’t require any precious oven space? Good question.

I am a firm believer that appetizers on Thanksgiving should be minimal. Think about it, you just cooked your bum off for days and how annoyed would you be if Aunt Mae passed on your famous stuffing because she filled up on crab dip before she even sat down to dinner? So I keep it really simple. Just a few things for people to pick on while dinner finishes up. Think cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, nuts, snack mix.

I am sharing a few things that are make ahead, and do not require reheating or cooking day of.

(The picture above is #6.)

no oven required thanksgiving appetizer ideas

1. Almond Cheddar Pinecone – This take on a cheese ball is festive and delicious. It reminds me of the neon colored port wine cheese that is one of my guiltiest of pleasures. You can make this a few days ahead of time and just set it out when your guests arrive.

orange rosemary pecans

2. Orange Rosemary Pecans – I love a sweet and salty nut. This recipe was given to me from a friend and it is great to have on hand for any get together. I like to set a couple of bowls around to keep traffic moving and out of the kitchen. You can make these a few days ahead, stored in an airtight container.

how to make a cheese tray

3. The Perfect Cheese Plate – A cheese plate is always a good idea. No cooking, just assembling. Everyone loves it and you can have a few small trays around so that people will move and mingle.

toffee snack mix

4. Toffee Snack Mix – This is great for the kids table as well as for the adults. Everyone loves a good snack mix. This one is delightful with melted toffee throughout.

homemade no mayo ranch dressing

5. Crudite with Homemade Ranch Dressing – I make this dressing all the time. It is great for dipping into sliced veggies, and will also be great on the day after turkey sandwich.

cheddar chutney cheese ball

6. Cheddar Chutney Cheese Ball – this can be made in ball form or served in a ramekin. (It can also be served warm, but that is not what we want on Thanksgiving Day, right?)


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Well, hello there! I’m Bree Hester, the Boston-based blogger and food photographer here at Baked Bree. Here you can get lots of weeknight meal inspiration, eat more plant-based meals, and still indulge in a decadent sweet treat. Baked Bree is a place where you will find great recipes and inspiration for your next family adventure.

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Emily

    Do you have a recipe for the image at the top of this post? (With what looks like green onions, nuts and maybe raisins?)


    1. bakedbree

      It is #6. My link was not live, thanks for letting me know.

  2. Salena

    Yes – this is just what I was looking for! Quick and easy appetizers for the Thanksgiving meal that we are having this weekend – espcially as the oven will be busy with the turkey! 😀

    1. bakedbree

      Happy to help!

  3. Maureen

    I’m making the ranch dressing as soon as I stop my fingers from typing and I think I’ll have to have the cheese ball and cheese board too. Before Thanksgiving!

    1. bakedbree

      Sounds good to me! I make that ranch at least once a week. So good and fresh tasting.

  4. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    Love these ideas! Can you believe that we’ve never really had any appetizers at Thanksgiving? That definitely changes this year, I’m going to start a new tradition, thanks to you 🙂

    1. bakedbree

      Well, I’m flattered!

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