Vegetarian appetizers for Thanksgiving are arguably some of the easiest appetizers you can make at all. Loads of meat aren't necessary—or even really requested—for most people wanting to nibble a bit before the big Turkey Day feast. Our collection includes recipes like spiced nut mixes, mini dairy-free cheese balls, and ooey-gooey dips of all sorts. Many of these vegetarian appetizers can be made ahead of the big day so that you can focus on your menu, and your guests can focus on their appetite.
Caramelized Leek and Spinach Dip
Beautifully caramelized leeks and onions cannot be rushed; resist the urge to crank up the heat. Leeks become especially silky and sweet when left to cook awhile. If they start to stick to the bottom of the pan, add a tablespoon or two of water, and stir (the liquid will evaporate during cooking). Instead of bread or crackers, serve the dip with an array of vegetables, such as baby carrots, endive leaves, radishes, diagonally sliced cucumber, and mini sweet bell peppers for a bit of freshness, color, and crunch. You'll also save calories and room for the rest of the meal.