Preparing a Thanksgiving feast calls for a lot of time and energy, which is why we like to have snacks on hand for all the hard-working cooks in the kitchen. These 17 super-simple recipes—for herbed olives, gouda and apple butter sandwiches, ricotta crostini, and more—will nourish and delight as you spend the day cooking, while still being light enough not to spoil anyone’s appetite.
Pecans lightly brushed with egg whites are baked into cheesy, buttery wafers with a touch of chile flakes.
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A combination of balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and brown sugar turns pecans into a toasty, addictive snack that’s perfect for nibbling alongside apéritifs.
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Bite-size and buttery, cumin and cayenne-spiced pecans glazed in dark brown sugar are the perfect smoky, spicy-sweet snack.
Get the recipe for Spiced Pecans »
Olive Oil-Marinated Goat Cheese
These marinated cheeses can be baked off individually in ramekins, to spread on sliced bread whenever a craving strikes.
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Coated with a sour cream-based glaze and baked in the oven, pecans become a toasty, sweet snack. This recipe first appeared in our November 2013 issue along with Wendell Brock’s story
Southern Belle. Get the recipe for Southern Belle »
Our favorite fillings for light, dainty Venetian tea sandwiches are asparagus and eggs, tuna and olives, and arugula with cured beef. Serve a selection open-faced for a colorful, eye-catching presentation.
Tuna Melt Canapes
Curry powder, raisins, and chutney pair nicely with cheddar cheese in this dressed-up, bite-size tuna melt.
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Ricotta Crostini with Soppressata
Creamy, luscious cows’ or sheep’s milk ricotta pairs beautifully with grilled, toasted, or fried slices of crusty bread for a simple and rustic crostini. Get the recipe for
Ricotta Crostini with Soppressata »
Swedish Pickled Crudites
Infused with fragrant spices and aromatics, these pickled vegetables are flavorful alternative to a traditional crudite platter. Serve with
green goddess sauce.
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Techina (Tahini Dip)
Brightened with lemon and garlic, this easy tahini is delicious with with warm, fresh pita or sliced vegetables.
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Radish and Butter Sandwich
It’s tres French to pair crisp, spicy radishes with softened, salted butter; a thin-sliced baguette is the perfect vehicle.
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Ricotta and Honey Sandwich
A dollop of ricotta on earthy-sweet oat bread is delicious; add a drizzle of sourwood honey and it’s elevated to the exquisite.
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Crisp and herby olives are a light pre-dinner snack.
See the recipe for Herbed Olives »
Pickled Beets and Hard Cooked Eggs
These tasty, tangy pickle snacks can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.
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Mix and match your favorite nuts in this simple, roasted nut recipe from Union Square Cafe.
See the recipe for Bar Nuts »
Tangy, marinated artichokes are balanced perfectly with creamy mascarpone.
See the recipe for Artichoke Crostini »