Thanksgiving Tapas Bar

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We've done cheese boards a few times as Thanksgiving appetizers but this year I'm going for a Thanksgiving Tapas Bar. And it's a WINNER.

Thanksgiving Tapas Bar from (@whatsgabycookin)


Thanksgiving is SUCH a haul when it comes to cooking everything - even I get tired!! And appetizers are so often the last thing we think about so I like to keep it easy. This year there isn't ANY cooking when it comes to the appetizer situation.

Thanksgiving Tapas Bar from (@whatsgabycookin)

It's all about the Thanksgiving Tapas Bar. If you've never done tapas before - it's basically just small bites that you can pick and choose from all day long. Everything can be prepped morning of and then just laid out right when everyone comes over for the day.

Thanksgiving Tapas Bar from (@whatsgabycookin)

Guests can mix and match their perfect plate with olives, nuts, fruit, cheese, cured meats... the works. It's everything everyone wants for an appetizer on the big day!

Thanksgiving Tapas Bar from (@whatsgabycookin)

A few tips and tricks. If you buy a log of goat cheese, roll it in pink peppercorns to give it some nice crunch and color! And if you thinly slice persimmons you can top them on top of a wheel of ricotta to make it feel extra fancy. You're welcome.

Thanksgiving Tapas Bar from (@whatsgabycookin)

PS – are you thinking of putting this on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!

Thanksgiving Tapas

Author: Gaby Dalkin
5 from 1 vote
We’ve done cheese boards a few times as Thanksgiving appetizers but this year I’m going for a Thanksgiving Tapas Bar. And it’s a WINNER.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mediterranean, American
Servings 10 people


  • Assorted Olives castelvetrano a must, any others are great
  • Thinly Sliced Prosciutto
  • Thinly Sliced Salami
  • Marcona Almonds
  • Spiced Cashews
  • Candied Walnuts
  • Assorted cheeses
  • Assorted Crackers
  • Persimmons
  • Assorted Dried fruit
  • Breadsticks
  • Marinated artichokes
  • Toasted crostini


  • Arrange everything on a large board and table and let people nibble all night long


Nutrition facts will vary widely based on what you choose to serve and how many guests you have.
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  1. OMG this is pure genius. And i just love your festive table. Can i come to friendsgiving? TAPAS or bust! 😉

  2. I am loving this idea because it takes the pressure off of the cook and valuable kitchen space. Gorgeous!

  3. Except for the stuffing, I could eat tapas and appetizers for Thanksgiving dinner. Love these ideas!

  4. Truth? I could eat this and the Thanksgiving sides and forget the bird altogether! Great spread you have here!

5 from 1 vote

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