Cheesy  Herb Breadsticks

Sorry I’m late in sharing recipes for Thanksgiving. Since you’ve probably already got your main meal covered (if you’re anything like my family, the menu is NOT ALLOWED to change from year to year. We like our traditions!), I thought I’d bring you some ideas for appetizers and drinks.

Cheddar Herb Twists

Several weeks ago, we made plans to celebrate after the NY Marathon. Nate’s mom was going to be in the city and so we invited a few friends to join us later in the day after the marathon for some drinks and appetizers before we all headed to dinner.

Polenta with Tomato Tapenade

Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy came and went and destroyed many things in it’s wake, including any prospect of Nate getting to run a marathon this year.

But, on a positivie note, my mother-in-law (I think that’s the first time I’ve gotten to say that!) and our friends still came over. We just decided to celebrate good friends instead of marathon-finishing.

Polenta with Tomato Tapenade

I wasn’t feeling well and I just wanted a couple easy appetizers to make. I did some searching and came across what I thought were two simple recipes.

The polenta triangles were totally delicious and TOTALLY simple. The polenta is pre-made and you can buy it in a tube at the market. I suppose you could make your own if you wanted to, but that would make it way harder. The accompanying tapenade can get quickly whipped up in a mini food precessor.

Polenta with Tomato Tapenade

*as a side note, the plate I served the polenta on was the plate I made at my bachelorette party! We went to one of those pottery painting places, then to a nice dinner and then came back to my apt for a chick flick! A perfect day :) I painted a leaf and wrote the date of the wedding on the plate. 

Cheddar Herb Twist

The breadsticks were more labor intensive, but according to my guests were totally worth it. Easy for them to say, right? It was quite a pain to twist every stick, but in the end I think I could have halved the recipe because it made A LOT.

Cheddar Herb Twists

I’m just linking to the recipes below since I didn’t change them at all:

Polenta wedges with tomato tapenade

Cheddar Herb Twists

I also made the Cider Sangria from HowSweetEats, but I made a couple changes. I subbed ginger ale for the club soda and regular brandy for ginger brandy. It was delicious!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow (if you celebrate it)!!!! We’re headed to my parents house in Florida. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!


  1. How nice that you will be in Florida celebrating your favourite holiday! Thanksgiving is not nearly as ‘big’ in Canada (we’re just not that grateful ;-)) haha! – love the appies you’ve shared with us – the polenta is so dashing with the vibrant tomato and your cheddar twisties are beautiful dressed up with ribbon! All set for giving. Happy Thanksgiving Amy – All the best to you & family. See you next week! :).

  2. Happy thanksgiving lovely! These appetizers sound fabulous. I don’t think I have time to throw them together for Thanksgiving but there’s always Christmas!!

    • Happy [belated] Thanksgiving to you too, Joanne! I hope you had a wonderful time with your family. These apps are good for anytime…even when you have no guests at all ;)

  3. happy thanksgiving, amy (and the newly crowned husband). :) i love your appetizer ideas! those breadsticks look especially fantastic. have a great time in florida.

  4. Love the presentation of your breadsticks :)) Xx

  5. Holy photos, woman! Those breadstick photos are freakin’ my freak! They make me wanna wear a beard hairnet so I don’t wreck ’em and stuff.

  6. Your appetizers sound terrific and easy when time is limited. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are feeling good again.

  7. Your polenta appetizers make me want to throw a party. Seriously…they look so good. Glad you still all were able to get to be together. Hope you Thanksgiving was fantastic!

  8. Your scallops look so tender, the picture captured how good they are.

    • Thanks! They steamed more than being pan-fried since they were previously frozen and so overly-watery, but other than that the texture was perfect :)

  9. Omg, I want to eat like 25 of those bread sticks right now!!

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