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Thanksgiving Appetizers: Creative Cooking Crew Round-Up

November 20, 2013 by Joan Nova in Appetizers, Creative Cooking Crew Challenge, Entertaining, Food Challenge, Holidays, Recipe Development, Soup | 12 Comments

8316344214_9d16bebb6e_zThanksgiving dinner is most everyone’s favorite holiday meal. But, we always lament afterwards that we ate too much. Check out these wonderful light bites that our Creative Cooking Crew made for cocktail appetizers. They’ll leave plenty of room for your turkey, stuffing and all its accompaniments.

We published early this month in case any of our readers want to incorporate one or more of these delicious bites in their holiday entertaining. Click on photo or links for full recipe and narrative.

radishSlices_AnchovySpreadRadish, Fennel and Apple Salad Bites from HK Skillet.

Deviled Eggs with a twist from Platanos, Mangoes + Me.

peachtartwithmanchegoand pinenuts

Peach Tart with Manchego and Pignolis from Chez What?

Turkey Leg Confit, Black Bean Puree, Pickled Chilis on a Tostone from Lazaro Cooks.

Butternut Squash Tart with Fried Sage (8)Butternut Squash Tart with Fried Sage from Mission Food.

cindySwiss Cheese Crackers from Cindystar.

Fried olives

Crunchy Stuffed Olives from La Diva Cucina


Beet and Blue Cheese Bites from Cheap Ethnic Eatz.

marrow_textRoasted Bone Marrow from TastyTrix.


Black Bean Cakes from Long Past Remembered.

Arugula and Fig TartArugula and Fig Tart from My Colombian Recipes.


Proscuitto Fruit Cups from Spinach Tiger

Smoked Turkey xiaolongbao from Upstart Kitchen

And from FOODalogue:

Sip + Bite: A soup shooter and roasted chestnut and speck pincho.

Note: The Creative Cooking Crew is taking a holiday break. We’ll be back in January.


NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. Penny says:

    Great ideas for small bites Joan. I appreciate all of the choices. And that you thought of it when everyone else is concentrating on heavy holiday fare.
    Penny recently posted..Butternut Squash and Potato GratinMy Profile

  2. Laz says:

    Fantastic job done by all. Great variety.

  3. Wow what a great round up. We could just eat all of these as dinner!
    angela@spinachtiger recently posted..Parmesan Honey BiscuitsMy Profile

  4. Trix says:

    I could make a feast out of just these bites, honestly

  5. bellini says:

    I could make an entire meal out of any of these appetizers. Good job guys!!

  6. Shannon says:

    who needs a turkey?!

  7. deana sidney says:

    Really great challenge. I am going to be saving a bunch of these babies. Thanks for putting this all together.
    deana sidney recently posted..Jeremiah Tower, Great Menus and Black Bean Cakes with Duck Mole and Lime-Pumpkin Sour CreamMy Profile

  8. Everything looks so amazing, so where are we having the party and at what time ;-)?

  9. Robin says:

    What beautiful recipes everyone created. I clicked over on a few to read how each was made. Now I have some ideas for some parties coming up! Happy Thanksgiving Joan!
    Robin recently posted..Happy Thanksgiving: remember to play it simpleMy Profile

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