What would you serve houseguests prior to Thanksgiving dinner?

Family members coming for the Thanksgiving holiday. I traditionally cook a big, big dinner, and I have found that while I am working feverishly the day/night before and half of Thanksgiving day on the dinner, my guests tend to mill around and are starving up until the meal is served. I wanted a few ideas on something quick that does not require any extra use of the oven that I could whip up for them to nosh on prior to dinner. I usually serve dinner at 6:30pm. Help!

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9 Responses to “What would you serve houseguests prior to Thanksgiving dinner?”

  1. laura_oh_lovely said:

    Queso with ground beef in it and tortilla chips
    Stuffed mushrooms
    Pigs in a blanket
    Fruit kabobs!!!

  2. hardcore said:

    mini sandwiches. chips and queso. hot wings.

  3. melfred_20 said:

    Don’t make anything. If you give them food before dinner they are going to be full for the big big dinner you make. That’s part of thanksgiving saving your appetite for dinner

  4. hambone said:

    This dip and the following cheese log should satiate them for a while. BUT, the smell of the turkey will stimulate the appetites. BTW, the cheese log is outstanding.

    Baked Artichoke Dip

    2 14 ounce cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
    ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
    ¾ cup fat free or lite mayonnaise
    1 T fresh lemon juice
    1 t garlic salt
    ½ t ground black pepper

    Pita bread or crackers, for serving

    In a large bowl combine all ingredients except the bread or crackers. Spoon the mixture into a baking dish suitable for serving.

    Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Serve with slices of pita bread or whole wheat crackers

    Cheese Logs

    1 – 8 ounce package cream cheese – softened
    1 jar cheddar cheese spread – softened
    2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
    ½ teaspoon garlic salt
    1 cup finely chopped pecans

    Mix 1st 4 ingredients thoroughly, roll in chopped pecans. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until serving.

  5. jody said:

    Keep it simple and light if possible.
    Veggies and dip
    Fresh fruit (a bunch of grapes is easy)
    Cheese and crackers
    Nuts and chips/salsa

  6. Teriberry said:

    maybe they can go down the road to eat like fast food if they are that hungry…

  7. Sugar Pie said:

    Gee whiz, maybe you’d better pare your TG meal down a bit! Sounds like a burden on you AND your guests.

    You can do a make-ahead brakfast casserole that you can pull ou tof the fridge and pop in the oven TG morning for breakfast. Break out that spiral sliced ham you have for TG and let them have some of it w/ the breakfast casserole.

    Put someone in charge of grilling HB’s or HD’s outside (out of the kitchen, out of your way) for lunch. Have some potato or pasta salad in the fridge to go along with it all.

    Then put yoru guests to work. They don’t enjoy you slaving in the kitchen while they just stand around. Let them chop veggies, make a salad, stuff deviled eggs, set the table, what-have-you. It’s their holiday, too.

  8. Joanne A. W said:

    Bless your heart.

    1. Close the kitchen door and ask that no one enters.

    2. Pick up a couple of trays of finger sandwiches and/or fruit and raw veggies from the supermarket. They even have shrimp trays and other good stuff. But don’t serve too much or they will not be hungry for the big dinner.

    3. How about nonalcoholic eggnog. Or a nice fruit drink.

    4. I know you will hate this, but turn on the TV. If you have a VCR or DVD player, put on one of the newest movies for them to watch.

    Have a great day.

  9. Lee said:

    Cream Cheese or Pimento Cheese on Celery Sticks
    Bowl of Almonds or Mixed Nuts
    Deviled Eggs
    Chips and Hot Sauce

    Good luck!


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