Thankful for Trader Joes! | Easy Appetizers & Step by Step Charcuterie

This family Thanksgiving I was in charge of appetizers! I love an appetizer spread, less pressure than the major Thanksgiving dinner & sides and more flexibility for sure! Coming in from out of town I especially liked running by Trader Joes, packing a cooler and prepping everything on site vs. cooking ahead of time and worrying about spilt dishes or spoiled food 🙂 I wasn’t sure what would turn out well so of course I brought too much! We have a group of about ~25 hungry people and still had plenty left over! TJ has so many great options and it was fun to try new things before our traditional meal.

Parmesan Pastry Pups

1 upscale pigs in a blanket, please!

Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions

Feta cheese & caramelized onions are always a winning combination!

Camembert Cheese & Cranberry Sauce Fillo Bites

A crunchy, flaky shell filled with a burst of cranberry sauce & cheese

While the appetizers were heating up in the oven, that gave me time to assemble the charcuterie board… you’ve got to work fast when your dish is appetizers! & Shout out to Trader Joe’s for some many great choices that really made the board a hit!

Fig & Olive Crisps

Cranberry Chevre

Thanksgiving calls for all the cranberries!

Prosciutto slices

Boursin Garlic & Herb Cheese

Charcuterie Pinwheels

Pepperoni & Mozzarella wraps

Original Water Crackers

For those not brave enough to try the fig & olive crisps 😉 but equally as delicious!

Sweet & Salty Snack Mix

One of the best seasonal snack mixes I have had in a while!

Charcuterie boards can be intimidating but the hardest part for me is not overbuying!! I end up having enough supplies for 2+ boards after all?! So I’m working on that… Note to self- 1 package of each item is ENOUGH! I recommend starting small & you can always add more… The basic components of a charcuterie board include: meat, cheese, sweet, salty.


My 2021 Thanksgiving Charcuterie Included:

  • FRUIT: red grapes, cranberries, sun dried apricots
  • MEAT: prosciutto, peperoni swirls
  • CHEESE: Boursin cheese, Spanish cheese Tapas sampler, Cranberry Chevre
  • SWEET: yogurt dipped pretzels, sweet & salty snack mix, candied pecans
  • SALTY: fig & olive crisps, water crackers
  • ACCENTS: rosemary sprigs, small pumpkins

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