An epic Thanksgiving feast takes time, so make sure to have plenty of hors d’oeuvres ready for the hungry hordes. They’ll be just as epic as the main event with these vibrant, veggie-packed recipes, featuring the best of the season from our Produce department. Pro tip: Look for our Sourced for Good label on produce in-store, like bell peppers and tomatoes, which help support workers, communities and environmental stewardship where our products are sourced. Read on for the recipes and our top appetizer picks from this year’s Thanksgiving menu.
Crostini with Camembert, Butternut Squash and Frizzled Leeks
Crostini (aka tiny topped toasts) are the perfect vehicle for a rainbow of colors, flavors and textures. We top ours with creamy Camembert cheese and roasted butternut squash, which lends a happy orange hue and fall vibes. Don’t skip the crispy fried leeks, which add crunch and an elegant touch.
Get the recipe: Crostini with Camembert, Butternut Squash and Frizzled Leeks
Muhammara Spiced Red Pepper Dip
Think of muhammara as a spicier cousin to hummus or baba ghanoush. This ruby red bell pepper, walnut and flaked chile dip adds a vibrant flash of color to your table — especially if you pair it with layers of rainbow-hued crudités such as rainbow carrot sticks, sliced watermelon radishes, radicchio leaves, yellow squash wedges, cucumber coins and more.
Seafood Cucumber Stacks with Lemon Cream and Chives
Go green with this refreshing cucumber-based appetizer that will please gluten-free guests, seafood fans and beyond. Top the cucumber slices with smoked salmon, smoked trout, crabmeat, shrimp — or mix up a combo platter for an ombré effect.
Get the recipe: Seafood Cucumber Stacks with Lemon Cream and Chives
Here’s a surefire way to brighten up your usual hummus recipe: Add beets. Roast your own fresh beets — or speed up the prep work by grabbing a package of precooked beets during your produce run. Serve with fresh vegetable crudités or toasted pita bread. To contrast the scarlet shade, garnish with lemon zest, crumbled feta and fresh parsley or mint.
Sweet Potato Bacon Bites
While you’re buying spuds for the casserole or candied sweet potato side, grab a few more (long and thin are best here) for this easy, sunshine-hued appetizer. Roasted sweet potato rounds join forces with savory bacon, subtly sweet crème fraîche, tangy citrus zest and sliced green onions for a one-bite app that hits all the right flavor notes.
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Our Go-To (Almost) Ready-to-Eat Apps
Not to brag, but we’re experts at taking it up a notch for the holiday season. Case in point: our array of appetizers available at the holiday season.
Cranberry Brie Purses
Buttery, flaky pastry parcels stuffed with creamy brie and a sweet-tart cranberry sauce, plus a hint of orange zest and rosemary. Topped with pecans for a nutty crunch.
Spinach Artichokes Puffs
A silky blend of sautéed spinach and baby artichokes wrapped in a crisp puff pastry.
Sustainable Wild Caught lobster mixed with creamy risotto, formed into individual bites and fried until golden brown.
Butternut Mac & Cheese Croquettes
Creamy macaroni and cheese with roasted butternut squash, blended together, breaded and fried until crispy.
Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Roasted cremini mushrooms stuffed with a savory blend of goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, garlic, thyme, parmesan and bread crumbs.
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