Don't Forget the Appetizers and Desserts this Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin Pie with Rum
Dark molasses and dark rum put this pumpkin pie a cut above all the rest. Don't use pumpkin-pie mix--buy canned pumpkin without added spices. If you don't have a 9-inch, deep-dish pie pan, use a standard 9-inch pie pan and bake the extra filling in a custard cup.
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Spiced Pumpkin Cookies
The deep flavors of molasses, pumpkin and spices make these wholesome cookies delicious without the addition of butter--and they lend themselves beautifully to the inclusion of whole-wheat flour.
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Warm Spinach Dip
Treat your family and friends to this classic creamy dip featuring the spicy heat of Pace® Picante Sauce.
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Brie en Croute
Watch this elegant, sure-to-impress appetizer disappear at your next party as creamy Brie, topped with almonds and parsley, oozes out of its flaky pastry crust.
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Sriracha-and-Wasabi Deviled Eggs
Joanne Chang's mother used to make hard-boiled eggs for dinner: She would add them to the beef or chicken she was braising in soy. This is Joanne's riff on those eggs, made spicy with hot sauce and wasabi.
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Pear Blue Cheese Walnut Tart
Served hot or warm, with a salad, this appetizer is a great way to start off your holiday dinner.
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Mashed Potato Spring Rolls
David Chang took F&W's Thanksgiving challenge by improvising a Momofuku-style feast from basic leftovers, including turning mashed potatoes and green beans into this crispy canapé, a salute to the 1950s.
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Cranberry Apple Pilgrim Pie
Learn how to make a simple Cranberry-Apple Pilgrim Pie. Vanilla pudding and a little cinnamon give the apple, cranberry and pecan filling great flavor. It's delicious and surprisingly easy to make!
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Maple-Pumpkin Custards with Crystallized Ginger
We've combined two holiday flavors in these elegant custards, featuring the best part of a pumpkin pie and saving calories for a luscious finish of real whipped cream. If you can find it, use Grade B dark amber syrup to get the best maple flavor.
Click here for the recipe: Maple-Pumpkin Custards with Crystallized Ginger
Everyone has their favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. Usually, people love the turkey, or the stuffing, or maybe they have a real thing for green bean casserole. But my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving dinner menu have nothing to do with the dinner itself -- give me the appetizers and the dessert and I'm happy as can be!
There are a few reasons for this. First and foremost, I love to snack. Cheeses, fruit, dips, veggies ... I love them all. I like the informality of grabbing a plate here and there while you're helping in the kitchen or watching football (because, yes, Thanksgiving Day with my family doesn't happen without football on television).
Dessert kind of goes without saying. I mean, I could eat pumpkin pie until it came out my ears, and other than the fact that my pants wouldn't fit anymore, I'd be pretty happy. It's delicious and practically a vegetable. Awesome.
The other thing that I love about these bookends to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu is the fact that, at least in my house, they don't cause much stress. The pies are made ahead of time, and most of the appetizers just require a bit of unwrapping, chopping and presentation. There's no bustling around the kitchen, trying to get it all done at the same time.
They might be show-stopping parts of Thanksgiving dinner, but they're just as tasty. Check out slideshow above for our favorite Thanksgiving dessert and appetizer recipes!