Easy Appetizers for Thanksgiving Gatherings

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BruschettaAppetizers are a good type of food for entertaining, and you can have the ingredients on hand during the holidays to make some quick appetizers on a few minutes' notice. Whether you are at someone's house or our apartments in Denver, being ready to entertain last-minute guests makes Thanksgiving gatherings so much easier. Many people travel quite a way to celebrate with family and friends before and after Thanksgiving because it may be the only chance "the gang" will be in one place. Here are some suggestions for easy appetizers for you to serve when your loved ones arrive.


With a loaf of French bread and some canned or jarred bruschetta, you can create this appetizer quickly in your Denver apartment. Bruschetta comes in a few varieties, but many grocery stores have at least the standard tomato version on the shelf. You can stock up for when guests arrive.

Slice French bread about 1-inch thick and put on a baking pan. Toast in the oven at 350 degrees just long enough for bread to start to brown (about 3 to 5 minutes). While toasting, open a jar of bruschetta. When bread is toasted, put about 1 teaspoon of bruschetta on each slice. Place on a plate and serve.

Optional variations:

Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese on top of bread when toasting; then add bruschetta.

Stuffed Olives

Stuffed olives can be made quickly and served immediately. All you need are black or green olives already pitted and a can of almonds. To prepare, open the can or jar of already-pitted olives, drain the liquid, and pat dry with a paper towel. Then open the can of whole almonds, and put one almond inside each olive. Put toothpicks in each one and put on a plate and serve.

Optional variations:

Stuff olives with cream cheese or cheese spread.

Vegetables and Dip

Creating a veggie and dip tray is easy to do. This idea works best if you buy fresh veggies ready to serve such as small, peeled carrots, green beans or cherry tomatoes. Place veggies on a tray and then make the dip. All you need is a package of dip seasoning and a small container of either sour cream or plain yogurt. Mix in seasoning and serve with veggies.

Your friends and loved ones will feel right at home with your quick appetizer recipes. Contact us for information about our available apartments in Denver.

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