Tuesday, November 24, 2015

GretchRuns Thanksgiving : Part 4 [Appetizers]

Today is the finale of my Thanksgiving series!  If you missed the others, I shared desserts, drinks, and side dishes.  Now it's time for some appetizers- probably my favorite part of any holiday meal!  Does anyone else fill up on the snacks and little bites before the main course is served?  I swear, I could have a meal just consisting of chips and dip.


Today I'll be sharing some delicious appetizer ideas that each call for less than five ingredients, take just a few minutes to assemble, and are bite sized pieces of deliciousness!

Traditional Caprese Salad Bites

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Ingredients : cherry tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, balsamic glaze

Directions : On a toothpick, skewer a cherry tomato, piece of basil, and mini mozzarella ball.  Serve with a balsamic dipping sauce or glaze.  

Rosemary Caprese Salad Bites

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Ingredients : cherry tomatoes, rosemary, mozzarella, balsamic glaze

Directions : Trim the leaves off the bottoms of a rosemary branch. Skewer a mozzarella ball, then a tomato.  Serve with this sauce.

Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites

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Ingredients : cucumber, cream cheese, dill, smoked salmon

Directions : Peel a cucumber, and slice into 1/4 inch rounds. Mix 8 ounces of cream cheese with fresh dill (I use a big handful, but you can do this to taste).  Spread on the cucumbers, and top with a bite sized piece of smoked salmon.  

Cranberry and Orange Crostini

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Ingredients : cream cheese, brioche toast, cranberry sauce, orange zest

Directions : Spread cream cheese on a brioche toast or crostini.  Top with cranberry sauce and orange zest.

Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies

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Ingredients : lil' smokies, bacon, brown sugar

Directions : Wrap about 1/3 of a slice of bacon around a lil' smokie, allowing a little bit of overlap.  Pierce with a toothpick to secure, and place on a foil lined baking sheet.  Repeat with remainder of smokies, and sprinkle with brown sugar.  Bake for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven and serve immediately!


What's your favorite appetizer?
Are you a sides lover or do you like the main course?
What are your Thanksgiving plans?

16 comments:

  1. Hope you make lil smokies for thanksgiving. Yum.

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  2. I love bite-sized appetizers. A coworker make the caprese salad sticks and they were amazing. I'll have to save the cranberry and orange crostini since that looks like a good breakfast item.

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    1. That's a great idea! I didnt even think about that.

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  3. Well I don't eat turkey, so I am all about the sides! Stuffing (veggie), homemade mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole...pretty much any side dish! And pie. Lots of pie.

    My family does a Thanksgiving dinner as a late lunch and then later in the night when we start feeling snacky we get out the appetizer type things.

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  4. Gretch, you're killin' me here. Appies are by far my favourite food group. They are the only reason I will ever agree to go to wedding or baby showers (I love weddings and babies but I haaaaate all the cluck clucking of all the women sitting around judging and gossiping... GAH... trauma) but yes, appies are the reason for the season.

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  5. Side dishes have always been my favorite, even before I became a meatless eater.

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  6. Love the idea of a cranberry sauce crostini! Homemade cranberry sauce is one of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes. While I love turkey, apps and sides are my favorites.

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    1. I love cranberry sauce! It makes the perfect addition to so many foods :)

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  7. Okay, these all look fabulous :) great little round-up here, Gretch!!

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