Easy Finger Foods
Goat-Cheese-Stuffed Grape Leaves
Inspired by Turkey's stuffed grape leaves, Mehmet Gurs ingeniously wraps goat cheese in the briny leaves then quickly grills the little packages so the cheese melts.
Sausage-and-Apple Stuffing Bites
Since stuffing is one of the most popular parts of a Thanksgiving meal, try doing it as fun little hors d'oeuvre bites.
Mini Spinach-Feta Pies
Store-bought puff pastry makes easy work of these adorable spinach-and-feta puffs.
Mini Brioche Lobster Rolls
These rolls, which are a delightful play on the traditional lobster roll, are quite substantial, so one per person is plenty, especially if you're serving additional hors d'oeuvres. Cooked shrimp or lump crab is a fine alternative to lobster.
Smoked Salmon and Preserved Lemon Tea Sandwiches
The flavors of Morocco–preserved lemon and saffron–inspired these tasty and elegant smoked salmon sandwiches from F&W's Ben Mims.
Three-Cheese Mini Macs
Anything big made small is ultrafun for cocktail parties, and these quick, one-bite mac and cheeses are the ultimate example. Cooked in mini muffin pans, the mini macs can be assembled early and baked just as guests arrive.
7-Minute Salmon Caviar Sushi Bites
This is an inexpensive, easy, playful take on a sushi roll. It makes a terrific party snack.
Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Pancetta
Peak-season tomatoes make all the difference in this simple bruschetta from author Susan Spungen. They're the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of soup or a large salad, or, to turn them into two-bite hors d'oeuvres, simply cut the bruschetta crosswise into strips.
Mini Burgers & Crispy Onion Rings
These little burgers, listed as a side dish at Stand, are about half the size of the restaurant's standard ones. Like their larger counterparts, the mini burgers are extra juicy because they're made with a mixture of meats, including ground chuck and short rib. The accompanying onion rings are unbelievably crispy, thanks to the club soda in the batter.
Mini Cassata Cakes
At Boulud Sud, pastry chef Ghaya Oliveira makes a version of cassata, the ornate Sicilian dessert with layers of sponge cake, sweetened ricotta, candied fruit, dark chocolate and marzipan. The easy recipe here is Grace Parisi's own interpretation.
Greek Salad Skewers with Anchovy Aioli
For a playful presentation, slide a fat, flat slice of cucumber onto the bottom of each skewer so these hors d'oeuvres can stand upright on a serving platter.
Prosciutto, Tomato and Olive Bruschetta
Salty and savory appetizers, like this prosciutto and bruschetta combination, pair well with a variety of wines and cocktails making your gathering a flavorful and inspiring evening.