14 Showstopping Thanksgiving Sides and Appetizers

The time has come to plan the Thanksgiving menu, so we’ve gathered 14 of our favorite appetizer and side dish recipes that are going to steal the show. 

While turkey and mashed potatoes are part of a traditional Thanksgiving feast, these sides and appetizers are truly going to take your meal to the next level. We’ve got the classics from Easy Mexican Cornbread Muffins to Beefy Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries as well as some new favorites to try such as Sicilian Beef Arancini and Bite Sized Sweet & Spicy Ribs. Have a meal that you and your family won’t forget with these easy and delicious Thanksgiving recipes.

Beef and Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Start your Thanksgiving meal off right with these stuffed mushroom bites, filled with savory beef and blue cheese.

Beef & Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

These beef, quinoa, and pecan stuffed acorn squash make the perfect Thanksgiving side dish that will remind you of fall.

Easy Mexican Beef Cornbread Muffins

Cornbread is a Thanksgiving meal essential. Upgrade the traditional cornbread with this Mexican-style beef sausage recipe.

Beef and Sweet Potato Empanadas with Avocado Cream Sauce

These savory beef and sweet potato empanadas appetizers will have your family going back for more!

Beef Bruschetta with Roasted Garlic-Feta Spread

Make Thanksgiving dinner feel fancy with these steak bruschetta toasts.

Mini Meatballs with Apricot Dipping Sauce

Mini meatball appetizers are a must-have Thanksgiving appetizer. These savory and beefy meatballs with a sweet dipping sauce will be a family favorite.

Beef Pinwheels

Tender pot roast with savory cheese wrapped in flaky puff pastry in this appetizer. These delicious beef pinwheels only require 4 ingredients and 30 minutes to make!

Beef Crostini with Parmesan Crisps and Balsamic Drizzle

You can’t go wrong with steak as an appetizer. Flavorful steak meets cream cheese and a tangy balsamic sauce with the addition of crispy parmesan. Make these easy beef crostini at Thanksgiving dinner!

Bite-Sized Sweet and Spicy Beef Ribs

There’s so much flavor packed in one small beefy bite with this appetizer. Tender ribs are served with a sweet and spicy sauce with the flavors of brown sugar, sweet chili garlic sauce, spicy ginger and topped with chives.

Sicilian Beef Arancini

This Italian-style appetizer will be a hit at your Thanksgiving dinner. Creamy risotto is formed into balls and filled with beef sausage and cheese, then coated with breadcrumbs for a crispy exterior.

Holiday Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

It’s never too early to start the holiday season with these festive beefy meatball and veggie skewers with cranberry sauce.

Beef Sausage and Cheddar Monkey Bread

Pull-apart beef sausage monkey bread with cheddar cheese is the Thanksgiving side dish of your dreams.

Easy Roast Beef Pot Luck Rolls

You’ll want to bookmark this appetizer recipe. Thinly sliced Deli Roast Beef is sandwiched between buttery rolls and baked with cheese til golden and delicious.

Beef Stuffing with Apples and Cranberries

You can’t forget the stuffing! The classic Thanksgiving stuffing is better than ever with beef sausage, savory seasonings, and festive apples and cranberries.

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