Despite the plentiful amount of recently published themed posts, Thanksgiving has snuck up on us again this year at the What's Cookin' office. This fabulous food holiday is now mere hours away. With the turkey set, the sides cooking and the family beginning to assemble, the enjoyable sentiment is headed our way, and so are the cravings.
While many feast on their turkeys during the afternoon or early evening, there is necessary snacking which takes place each year during the hours before dinner. Thanks especially to football game hunger and the wafting aromas of the day's final meal traveling through the house and up the noses of eager guests, there are recurring requests for food and innumerable inquiries about dinnertime.
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To quell those anticipatory hunger pangs and keep friends and family out of the kitchen, we recommend throwing together some simple yet delicious snacks that will keep people satiated without filling them up.
Read on for our favorite Thanksgiving snacks! What do you eat before the big Thanksgiving meal?
Party Mix - Crunchy, salty and easy to eat, a good party mix will keep snackers busy for a good few hours.
Jalapeno Popper Dip - This spicy, creamy dip is a great rendition of the frozen classic, perfect for adding a kick to your pre-Thanksgiving party.
Brie and Crackers - Some wrap their brie in phyllo dough before baking, I instead recommend simply scattering almonds on top and drizzling with honey before the quick pop in the oven.
Spinach Dip - I seem to post spinach dip as my recommend recipe of choice as often as I can, but Thanksgiving Day is how this love affair truly began.
Mixed Nuts - Another easy to eat treat that is full of warm holiday flavors.
Tea Sandwiches - If your guests gather earlier in the day, these bite-sized sammies are a great option for light lunch.
Deviled Eggs - These stuffed gems are perfect for popping in your mouth while catching up as guests arrive.