Don't starve yourself and save out for a large lunch or dinner during Thanksgiving, it will only end with overeating and a sore stomach. Instead, give yourself, and guests, a little something to munch on whether you're cooking or relaxing. Start the party with simple snacks that excite the eye and whet the appetite. Think outside the box. These beautiful, bold, zingy bites will get everyone talking. Pair these light appetizers with a fabulous cocktail to give your Thanksgiving celebration a scrumptious start. Choose easy finger foods, especially those that can be made ahead, to let you focus on the actual meal.
Prepare polenta through step 2 up to two days ahead so you can focus on the turkey and fixings on the big day. Before serving, let the dish stand at room temperature one hour, cut polenta into triangles, and toast them right before guests arrive. Pork sausage gives them a wonderfully familiar, stuffing-like flavoring.