10 No-cook Thanksgiving Appetisers for a delicious and stress-free family meal on Thanksgiving Day, leaving your oven free for the roast turkey and sweet potato casserole!
What with roasting the turkey, baking the pumpkin pie, and cooking pumpkin soup, you may be a little short of stove space to make any appetisers for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving meal.
Here are some easy, delicious, no-cook appetizers, for easy party prep and the perfect no-stress celebration. They're the best way to placate hungry guests whilst the mains are still cooking! If you've left the cooking to the last-minute, here's a list of quick last-minute Thanksgiving appetizers.
Note: for alternative Thanksgiving meals to turkey, click here for Thanksgiving seafood recipes or fish Thanksgiving recipes. If you love pumpkin, why not try Kabocha Squash, which is a sweeter and more beautifully orange Japanese pumpkin?
Delicious dips are an easy addition to the Thanksgiving menu and always a crowd pleaser.
Best of all, it works really well if you have a big crowd: you can use the same base (cream cheese) and a few simple ingredients to come up with a whole range of different dips! Serve this perfect appetizer with veggie sticks, tortilla chips, or bread.
Tip: More cheese is always a good idea. For a change in flavor, experiment by adding other types of cheese, such as cheddar cheese, feta cheese, or blue cheese.
Garlic Cream Cheese Dip
This garlic cheese dip is the king of easy dips and perfect with crudites, baguette slices, or crackers!
Tip: you can add sliced green onions, fresh herbs, or roasted garlic for extra flavor!
For something a little fancier since it's Thanksgiving dinner, turn the cream cheese dips into cheese balls! (You'll need to use less mayo for the balls will be able to hold together.)
For more dips recipes, click here.
If you have a big meal planned, serving lighter veggie-based appetizers can help prevent the meal from being too cloying and heavy.
Cucumbers can be used for many no-cook dishes, from cucumber sandwiches to cucumber bites. Cucumber salad, in particular, makes nice and healthy appetizer.
Try this easy recipe for a spicy, under 5-ingredient cucumber salad!
Tangy pickles are a great way to whet your guests' appetites before the main event of the turkey arrives.
If you prefer something sweeter this holiday season, try this tomato, mango salad.
If you have hard boiled eggs in the fridge, you can also make Mayak Eggs for your party guests. If you don't have lemon juice, you can substitute with some rice vinegar or lime.
Easy Thanksgiving appetizers can still be fancy finger foods.
Maybe serve with some Asian plum wine on the side?
Mango Avocado Spring Rolls
For a deliciously sweet and tangy no-cook appetizer, wrap pieces of mango, cut avocado, onions and sauce in Vietnamese rice wrappers.
Japanese Silken Tofu
Try Hiyayakko for a vegan, no-cook tofu appetiser.
Note: for more vegan Asian recipes, click here.
Charcuterie Boards are 1 of the most common appetizers for dinner parties and celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and even Super Bowl!
However, they usually include cold cuts of meat such as prosciutto and salami. For tips on how to create a vegan serving board for your big day, click here. You can use artichoke hearts, red peppers, and more in your veggie tray!