Five Spicy Recipes: Appetizers for Thanksgiving

Ok folks, I’m on appetizer duty for Thanksgiving so I need to bring at least one spicy dish. My family doesn’t really make spicy dishes, especially not on major holidays so it’s up to me to supply the goods! So this week I’m sharing with you five spicy recipes that I think would make awesome appetizers for Thanksgiving. Which of these should I make? I’m leaning towards the baked stuffed jalapenos or maybe the hush puppies but that bacon is calling me! Aggh decisions, decisions…. Any suggestions?

What are you making this Thanksgiving? Please do share!


1.What’s better than jalapeno poppers? Baked Stuff Jalapenos from Simply Recipes! I’m definitely making these for Thanksgiving.     2. How about these perfect little bites? Cheesy, spicy goodness in this tiny Sausage Jalapeno Hushpuppies from Shutterbean.     3. Turn up the heat in classic deviled eggs by making these Sriracha Wasabi Deviled Eggs from Food and Wine.     4. These Chili Spiced Almonds from My Recipes will be great to snack on if you don’t want to get too full before dinner.     5. Oh bacon, how can we resist you! These Spicy Beer Candied Bacon recipe from Bite By Michelle will be impossible to pass up.






Monday Night Football Spicy BBQ Wings

It’s that time! Time to pull out your favorite football teams’ jersey and start getting your game time recipes in queue. I’m always searching for new and interesting appetizers for game time and one thing that’s always on the menu is spicy wings. It’s a long time until the Superbowl but just think of all the tailgating, parties and gatherings you’ll have until then. Even your Monday night football gatherings deserve a little attention and these spicy wings will be quick and easy option after you get home from work.

Spicy honey BBQ wings

A good way to save time is to season the wings ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use. You can also do as I did and use your own favorite barbeque sauce and spice it up with extra chili. I boiled these wings first for a healthier option. I never fry my wings and boiling the seasoned meat first ensures that they cook all the way through. Then, to obtain a nice brown color and crispy skin, all you’ll have to do is broil the wings after you’ve covered them in sauce. Just be sure to watch them as they can easily burn.

spicy wings

Spicy BBQ Wings

1 lb chicken wings
1 tbsp cumin
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried onion
2 tbsp oregano
1/2 tsp hot paprika
1 clove garlic, minced
juice from 1/2 lemon


3/4 cup BBQ sauce
2 tbsp chipotle hot sauce
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp honey

1. In a bowl, mix together the cumin, salt, pepper, onions, oregano, and paprika. In another bowl mix your favorite BBQ sauce with the hot sauce, chili powder and honey and set aside until you’re ready to use it.

2. In a separate bowl add the wings and squeeze the 1/2 lemon until wings are well covered. Add the minced garlic and work into the wings with your hands. Season the wings with the dry season mixture. Let the wings marinate in frig for at least 30 minutes.

3. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the wings. Cook for about 15 minutes until the wings are cooked through. Remove from heat.

4. Prepare a large flat pan and line with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Add the wings and slather them with the spiced barbeque sauce.

5. Set oven to broil and cook for a few minutes on each side until they’re browned.