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Mini Bites — Thanksgiving Recipes For All Day Long

We all know Thanksgiving is all about the food. Maybe that is why it is one of my favorite holidays. I love food, I especially love fall themed food. While the Thanksgiving turkey and the mashed potatoes are the holy grail of this holiday — there is so much more eating to do. In our family gatherings we graze on snacks while the turkey is cooking and the cooks are furiously making food. We like a little surprise tidbit on the table (see my stuffed mushroom recipe below) and we love pies and snacks later after we have recovered from overstuffing ourselves.

Here are a few ideas of some tasty pre -Thanksgiving treats, some mini Thanksgiving meal bites and some small after the meal munchies bites. I will be serving up some of these super easy extras this Thanksgiving. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes to cure the munchies?

Stuffed Gruyere Mushrooms
So easy it is ridiculous
Mushrooms, however many you want. Stems removed,
Herbed Alouette spread
Grated Gruyere
Heat oven to 425,
Stuff mushroom caps to top with Alouette.
Sprinkle with gruyere.
Place in a baking pan and bake for 10-12 minutes or until gruyere starts to get golden.
Serve warm.
Like I said — Easy!


We love Brie and this year I am going to try baking it up this way. Brie wrapped in crescent dough. I will serve it with a little cranberry chutney or apricot jam and crackers.

Click here for Recipe and photo from Pillsbury

Easiest Spiced Pumpkin Muffin recipe for breakfasts, snacks or in between. I don’t have a pic for this recipe but I promise they are amazing and lower in fat than most pumpkin muffins. There are versions of this muffin recipe all over the internet. Here is how I serve it up.

The Recipe:

1 box Extra Moist Spice Cake Mix
1 can 15 oz pureed pumpkin
1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice or (1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg)


Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease a muffin tin.

Mix ingredients together until well combined. Spoon into 12 muffin tins. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

And for the dessert munchies, I also love to serve up some mini pies or tarts alongside the full pies. This year I am doing a cranberry chocolate mini pie but I also love these mini lemon tarts. The recipe is on the link below from my foodblog Pantry Eats.

Mini Lemon Strawberry Tarts

Happy Thanksgiving and may your tummies be full of good eatin’

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