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7 Holiday Appetizers to Impress Your Guests

This holiday season we’re gathering again with family and friends and that’s worth celebrating! I’ve rounded up seven of my favourite turkey appetizers that are guaranteed to impress your guests and make entertaining a breeze.


  1. Charcuterie & Grazing Boards

Every holiday party needs a charcuterie or grazing board. Get festive by adding red and green veggies and fruit to your boards.  How about cherry tomatoes, red peppers or strawberries for a hint of red? Try zucchini sticks or snap peas for a splash of green.

Need some board inspiration? Check out these boards filled with tasty turkey tidbits:

Turkey Charcuterie Board with Turkey Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Turkey Grazing Board with Turkey 3-ways


  1. Lemon Rosemary Turkey Fingers

Turkey fingers made with turkey breast are an elevated version of the kids’ go-to meal. These Lemon Rosemary Turkey Fingers make a superb appetizer when accompanied with cranberry dipping sauce.

Meal prep tip: Make a double batch of turkey fingers so you can also easily turn them into a nourishing meal another night. Just add some cut up veggie sticks and a side of potato wedges. It’s a meal that will become a family favourite any time of the year.


  1. Turkey Cauliflower Nachos

Nachos are one of my favourite appetizers to serve and share with friends. These Turkey Cauliflower Nachos put a deliciously healthy spin on a fan favourite. You don’t have to skip tortilla chips if you love them, but this is a great way to get more veggies into your holiday gathering, using cauliflower instead!


  1. Fresh Spring Rolls

Thai-Inspired Turkey Fresh Spring Rolls are the perfect fresh appetizer that are sure to be a showstopper. Featuring lean roast turkey and veggies, it’s a healthy addition to your holiday appetizer table. I’d add in some green mango for the extra yum factor or layer in more veg (and crunch!) with sliced red pepper.

Party prep tip: roast two turkey breasts: one for dinner and one for making these appetizers for your holiday party.


  1. Chipotle Mango Turkey Skewers

Skewers are the ultimate appetizer! And the flavour combination of sweet and spicy in this Chipotle Mango Turkey Skewer recipe will have your guests coming back for more. I love that a lot of the prep work is done ahead of time, so you just pop them on the grill and then serve. Make them appetizer size by using mini skewers. Serve with a big platter of fresh veggies.


  1. Turkey, Apple and Brie Skewers

No time to cook?  No problem!  These simple turkey skewers are easy to assemble and customizable. Make a variety of skewers: switch up the apples with delicious red and green grapes, try havarti cheese instead of brie, and swap in leftover roast turkey breast instead of deli turkey. These would be a fun addition to a grazing board too.

Skewer tip: dip your apple chunks in lemon juice as soon as you chop them to prevent the apple slices from turning brown.


  1. Turkey Kofta Mezza Platter

Mezza platters are super for sharing. This Turkey Kofta Mezza Platter is built with nourishing ingredients for healthy nibbling. Use the ingredients listed as a starting point and feel free to add in other dips, vegetables or fruit depending on what’s in season and what you have on hand. Get ready for a party on a plate!

Party Prep Tip: At the beginning of December, make a triple batch of the turkey koftas and freeze them so you have them ready to add to your holiday platters.


Happy Holidays,