6 Easy, Crowd-Pleasing Appetizers With Store-Bought Dough (Recipes)

November can be a pretty busy time!

With the cold weather, it's a great time to fire up the oven, but visiting relatives and the Thanksgiving break can sometimes make the month fly by a little too quickly.

Fortunately, there are a few shortcuts you can take to make things easier on yourself, especially in the kitchen. Grab some pre-made dough from the store and prep some easy appetizers -- many of which can be made and frozen ahead of time -- so that you'll always be ready to entertain family members and other hungry guests.

1. Bacon and Pimento Cheese Puffs 

Slightly spicy pimento cheese spread and crispy, chewy, savory bacon are a match made in heaven, especially when you roll them up together in a big crescent roll log and slice them up. Be sure to make extras, because these go fast!

2. Peach and Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Honey and Thyme

Delicious! Peaches may be just out of season, but you're more than welcome to use frozen or canned ones, or even something a little easier to get your hands on, like winter pears or apples.

3. Crescent-Wrapped Asparagus

These are sure to be a crowd-pleaser! They are so easy to make and so universally enjoyable that you can not only enlist the kids to help you make them, but you also get a good shot at watching them eat their veggies without a fuss.

4. Chicken Enchilada Empanadas

Two of the best foods ever combine into one super appetizer! Throw in whatever leftovers you have on hand, and feel free to freeze them so that you'll never be unprepared to entertain anyone who drops by unannounced.

5. Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Gruyere Tartlets

Puff pastry gets a simple, classy upgrade with some delightful ingredients that you can prep ahead of time. If you want to switch it up, the options are endless: bacon and cheddar, olives and feta, chicken Alfredo ...

6. Ham And Cheese Ring

It's delicious, it's hearty, and the gorgeous folding makes this deceptively easy Italian sub-flavored crescent dough ring into a work of art. Plus, you can totally mix this up as you please. A pizza ring packed with marinara sauce, pepperoni, Italian spices and cheese, for example, doesn't sound too bad.