Thanksgiving Appetizers — Simple Soirées

by in Holidays, November 21st, 2011

fried ravioli
Thanksgiving is by far one of my favorite holidays of the year. Not only because it’s all about food, which is clearly something I am very passionate about, but because it’s a great time to throw a fabulous party with your friends and family. In fact, this year I am throwing two Thanksgiving soirées, one with my friends from Los Angeles a week before Thanksgiving (aka Friendsgiving), and one for my family up in Seattle on the actual holiday.

For me, the key to throwing a great party is wowing your guests with a memorable food and drink experience. That means introducing them to a new ingredient or an inventive way to cook something. I’m a big believer in getting food into people’s hands shortly after they arrive to a party, especially if you’re having guests that might not know one another. It gives them something to do and a common ground to get the conversation going.

For Thanksgiving, most people come to expect the traditional appetizers like Baked Brie or Spinach Artichoke Dip, but this year, try something different. One of my favorite simple appetizer ideas, Fried Ravioli, comes from Giada and they really get the party started. These cheese-stuffed ravioli served with a side of warm marinara sauce are always a crowd-pleaser for adults and kids alike. Make sure to make a double or triple batch if there are a handful of kids — I can guarantee that they are going to go nuts over these fried bites of pasta.

Want to put your own personal spin on it? I like to use different kinds of pasta like five cheese, butternut squash, fontina and prosciutto or lobster-stuffed ravioli.

Gaby Dalkin is a chef, amateur photographer/food stylist, enthusiastic traveler and guacamole fanatic. She is the founder of What’s Gaby Cooking, where she showcases her simple and sassy recipes that feature whichever ingredients she is currently obsessing over. She lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé Thomas, and her cat, Stella.



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Comments (8)

  1. Monika says:

    I love this idea and can't believe I have never thought of it before, as I love ravioli. Come to think of it, I think most people love ravioli, so this would be perfect for a group, especially during the holidays. They look positively mouth-watering as well!

  2. Emily says:

    wow! "toasted ravioli" is one of my favorite snacks from a restaurant in my hometown and i've never thought of trying to re-create it. i can't wait to try these out! it's so great to see one of my favorite food bloggers on!

  3. Katie says:

    Such a brilliant idea! Fried raviolis sound like they could be my new favorite food!

  4. Bruce says:

    The perfect warmer-upper on Thanksgiving Day before the big meal. Great snack during the football game Thrusday rather than pretzels and popcorn as well. Will check out your website for other neat ideas!

  5. Kathleen says:

    What a great idea! I LOVE Raviolis and it's a grea way to start any holiday gathering…Thanks Gaby!

  6. Mary says:

    Those look absolutely delicious!! With all your good ideas I wish I had you around to cook me a fabulous Thanksgiving meal!

  7. Anya says:

    Love this idea!! This will be going on my thanksgiving table, they look absolutely delicious!

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