It's easy to fall into the same old patterns every Thanksgiving -- and there's nothing wrong with that. Sure, you might deep-fry the turkey (or, say, stuff a chicken and duck inside of it), but you want to ring those classic bells.
But that's the meal itself--there's always room to play around with the appetizers and travel some new roads. One ambitious route involves whipping up a homemade pâté, but if you don't have a pile of duck livers handy, here are three other intriguing ways to go that are a little easier to pull off.
The first, Genies on Horseback
, is a reworking of the old standard Angels on Horseback (bacon-wrapped oysters). The sweetness of the dates works well with the salty, smoky bacon and the creamy, tart chèvre filling.Apple and Sausage Stuffin' Muffins
are a savory start to a big meal, and a great way to stave off the inevitable rumblings of hunger that crop up two or three hours before the main event.
And Pumpkin Pie Mixed nuts
are easy to whip up, can be scaled up infinitely, and capture the spirit of the day ... they're sweet, they're spicy, they're a handful of late autumn coziness.