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.
Roasted Oysters with Pancetta and Breadcrumbs
For easy prep, slice the lemon and make the bread mixture in the morning before things get hectic. Store in the refrigerator. Just before guests arrive, assemble the oysters then pop them in the oven. Be sure to set a timer. The oysters cook for only a short time and you won't want to forget these are baking away while you're greeting guests.