Before you know it the house will smell of turkey and there will be a sweet potato casserole food fight at a table near you. What do you make for Thanksgiving, all the tried and true recipes? Do you do appetizers?

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APPETIZERS:

  • Bacon Wrapped Dates These are easy and can be assembled ahead of time (click bacon wrapped dates for my recipe-just substitute chestnuts for dates or go crazy and do both, the technique is quite similar)
  • Deviled Eggs are always a hit, they're tasty, easy to assemble and a light snack while waiting for the big feast. (Just boil eggs, smash with a fork, add mayonnaise and mustard to taste and a smooth consistency-note that you can add favorite things to the mixture before stuffing the eggs like bacon, salmon, capers etc or top them with these items)
  • Toasters: pretty simple here too, buy a baguette from the grocery store, slice into 1/4 inch slices, brush with olive oil (both sides) and bake in oven for 5-7 minutes, let cool and top with cream cheese and dill, cucumbers, pimentos, olives, ham, salmon, peppers, etc
  • Nuts: place a couple of bowls of nuts around the house, you'd be amazed how pleasing this ultra simple appetizers is
  • Store bought cereal or trail mix, treat them the same as the nuts
  • Stuffed mushrooms: these are pretty easy too and can be stuffed with many things, one favorite way to stuff them is to simply make a box of stuffer, the instant kind from the grocery store and mix into that cheese, stuff the mushrooms, drizzle with olive oil and bake for about 20 minutes at 350, want to add a bit more weight to them (say our dinner isn't until late in the afternoon and you want your family and guests to be comfortable but not full, chop up some Italian sausage (pre-cooked) and add to the mix