Appetizers may seem like overkill for Thanksgiving, and they probably are, but people still want them. You sit around all day pretending to watch football, you get a little hungry. To quote Joey Tribbiani: “Let me explain to you how the human body works. I have to warm up my stomach first. Eatin’ chips is like stretching.”
Stretch ‘er out- get ready for that turkey. If you’re really channeling Joey, you may want to throw on a pair of maternity pants.
A great idea for appetizers anytime, especially Thanksgiving, is crostinis. Crostinis are a chef-ey word for little toasts. For this post we are going to give you some ideas, but get creative, you can literally put anything on them.
To make these, buy a big baguette (you can find these in the deli section of most grocery stores). Slice on a bias (angled cut so the slices are longer-thus better for holding more delicious toppings) and toss them in the oven to toast. In general you want to toast them lightly before you top them so they are crisp and will stand up to the toppings, but depending on what you put on them you may want to throw them back in to melt or warm your toppings.
Cat and I made a few while I was in Portland and we had a little dinner party:
- Store bought artichoke tapenade (Trader Joe’s), thinly sliced Fontina cheese, topped with peppadew peppers
- Raspberry jam with blue cheese crumbles
Here are some other ideas you could use:
- Salami, cream cheese, cornichons (fancy little pickles, you could use any kind)
- Fig jam with prosciutto
- Hummus or white bean spread topped with arugula and balsamic vinegar
- Goat cheese and strawberries drizzled with honey
- Cream cheese, smoked salmon and capers
- Pesto, roasted red peppers, topped with mozzarella
- Classic bruscetta- diced tomatoes, basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of balsamic (reduction if you have it or want to make it)
- Apples with melted brie and walnuts
P.S. The salami cheese pickle crostini’s are a riff on the most delicious snack in the history of delicious snacks, made by Bryan Monaghan, the Snack King. When we were kids, he used to slather cream cheese on regular deli salami, put in a dill pickle spear and roll it up into a tube. Best snack ever. – Cat