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6 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

Warm Maryland Crab Dip with Lemon Panko ToppingThis dip highlights the crab flavor and texture without masking it and makes a light counterpoint to the Thanksgiving feast to follow. Get the recipeWild Mushroom and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry PocketsThese puff pastry pockets are simple to make and freeze beautifully. Have them ready to pop in the oven throughout the holiday season.Get the recipeVermont Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese StrawsIt’s the spicy and sharp flavor of traditionally made farmhouse Cheddars that delivers the deep, rich taste of these crisp cheese straws. Get the recipeRoasted Chestnut Soup with a Mushroom GarnishRoasted chestnuts are a winter’s treat. If you have never peeled and eaten a freshly roasted chestnut, nor savored its aroma, then make this soup.Get the recipeSquash Soup with Parmesan CroutonsDelicata squash, as its name implies, is a finely flavored, richly sweet winter squash with a nearly fibreless flesh. Its beautiful yellow flesh and delicate flavor make it perfect for this puréed soup. Get the recipeSpinach, Pear, and Shaved Parmesan SaladA spinach salad, especially one with ripe fall pears, is a welcome addition to the Thanksgiving table. The salad can be served in a large bowl as part of a buffet, or on individual salad plates alongside the main course. Get the recipe