Wow your family and friends this Thanksgiving with these easy-to-make, lip-smacking appetizers.
Thanksgiving is an occasion where the entire family gets an opportunity to bond and share some quality time together.
The accompaniment of good food will only add to the delight of this family feast.
One of the most important courses are the appetizers. The menu should have a wide variety of dishes to choose from, like soups, dips, quiches, and tarts.
Spinach Pear and Parmesan Salad
1/2 cup coarsely grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
8 cups, baby spinach leaves
2 tsp. whole-grain mustard
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground pepper
Stem, rinse, and dry the spinach leaves and keep aside. Cut pears lengthwise into long, thin slices with the peel on. Put the pears and spinach into a large glass bowl and sprinkle the grated cheese on them.
Then, prepare the dressing by mixing olive oil, mustard, salt, sugar, vinegar, in a jar with a lid. Shake this thoroughly and pour it over the salad. Toss this gently and serve.
Cherry Tomato Bruschetta
1 small loaf semolina bread
4 cup small cherry tomatoes
8 tbsp. garlic-flavored oil
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut the semolina bread into 16-inch thin slices and place on a cookie sheet in the preheated oven to toast until it turns crisp and brown on both sides. Remove slices from the oven and place them in a plate. Wash and dry the cherry tomatoes and cut them into half.
Place a non-stick pan or skillet on high heat and heat around 5 tablespoons of the garlic oil. Cook the tomatoes in oil for about 5 minutes until they soften. Add some pepper and salt for taste. Add the tomato mixture on the bread, sprinkle some grated cheese and garlic oil on it, and serve.
Garlic Cheese Balls
2 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup butter
1 tbsp. prepared mustard
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 packaged ranch dressing mix
1 cup chopped walnuts
In a medium glass bowl, add the cream cheese, butter, mustard, garlic, and the dressing mix and mix them together by stirring the mixture. Make sure all the ingredients have mixed well and place this in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, form balls out of the mixture and set them aside. Spread the chopped walnuts in a plate, roll the cheese balls to coat them and serve.
Fall Chopped Salad
1 honey crisp apple
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
1 head radicchio (chopped)
1/2 cup reduced fat gouda
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup chopped almonds
2 chopped endives
Cut the apple into match-stick size strips and put it into a large bowl. Add some lime juice, endive, gouda, radicchio, and almonds to it.
For the dressing, in a separate bowl, add the olive oil, black pepper, and honey; whisk these together into a fine liquid mixture. Pour it into the salad and toss gently.
Crackers (your family's favorite)
Cheese spread or softened cream cheese
Lay out the crackers in a large plate and space them out evenly. Then, spread the cream cheese on these crackers. Lastly, arrange the crunchy noodles in different patterns over the crackers. Use jelly or jam as a topping.
Cheddar Goldfish Crackers
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
8 oz. grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. fresh-ground pepper
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tbsp. honey
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
Prepare the dough by mixing the flour with some butter, cheese, salt and pepper into a coarse mixture. Add water as and when required.
When it is done, remove it onto a plastic wrap and place it to cool for about 20 minutes. Prepare the spread by mixing some salt, peanut butter and honey, whisk it well until its smooth.
Preheat the oven to 350 °F and use parchment paper for baking to line the baking pan. Roll the dough into equal thickness and use a fish shaped cookie cutter to cut out the crackers. Place these in the baking pan and bake until they turn golden and crisp. Then cool the crackers are serve the spread on it.