When cooking a meal like Thanksgiving, you've got to have your lay-ups: those dishes you know you can count on, the ones to get into mouths quickly and off of your head. Enter: the stress-free hors d'oeuvre. Here are 7 dishes to keep your guests happy while you make your final touches -- 7 pre-Thanksgiving snacks to, well, keep your guests from hurting each other.
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This is an easy hors d'oeuvre for when you just don't feel like whipping up a tray of canapés or an elegant cheese plate. -- Merrill Get the recipe Photo: Sarah Shatz
You'll be munching on these til kingdom come. Highly addictive. -- favabean Get the recipe Photo: James Ransom
If you were to put out a bowl of these crunchy, smoky, spicy little nuggets at a cocktail party, it's likely they'd be gone in under five minutes. -- Amanda & Merrill Get the recipe Photo: Sarah Shatz
The thyme-spiked chevre and crackly spiced pecans are perfect foils for sticky sweet Medjool dates. -- Amanda & Merrill Get the recipe Photo: Sarah Shatz
These spiced pecans -- unlike their sugar-shellacked counterparts -- are sitting, unassumingly, on a wonderful secret. -- Amanda & Merrill Get the recipe Photo: Sarah Shatz
These delicate, crumbly little thumbprints are the perfect combination of sweet and savory, as their names suggests -- they're like a great cheese plate all wrapped into one crunchy little morsel. -- Amanda & Merrill Get the recipe Photo: Sarah Shatz
It had been years since I'd made any kind of cereal snack mix, and I thought maybe it was time to try my hand at it again. -- Merrill Get the recipe Photo: Sarah Shatz
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