There are two distinct schools of thought on pre-Thanksgiving dinner nibbles: the “light and tasty” approach that leaves room for the big dinner, and the “more is more” system that features substantial bites for the three- to four-hour window before the bird is done.

Some “light and tasty” options:
• Spiced nuts
• Stuffed mushrooms
• Icy cold shrimp cocktail
• The relish tray—crudités, olives, and gherkins
• Veggie tray with blue cheese dip or homemade onion dip
• Fresh fruit

Some “more is more” options:
• Cheese straws
• Ham biscuits
• Meatballs or sausage in cheese crust
Pigs in a blanket
• Hot queso/chili dip
• Seven-layer Tex-Mex dip
• Brie en croûte
• Caviar pie

Here’s a recipe for caviar pie:

12 hard-cooked eggs
8 ounces softened cream cheese
16 ounces sour cream
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 large jar red caviar
2 large jars black caviar (or whatever you can afford)

Grease a 10-inch springform pan with a little mayo.

Mash eggs with enough mayo to hold the mixture together. Season with salt and pepper. Spread egg mixture in the bottom of the pan.

Mix cream cheese and sour cream together.

Spread onion on top of egg mixture and spread sour cream–cream cheese mixture on top of onion. Spread caviar on top in a cute design. Serve with plain crackers.

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