Holiday Appetizers Under 100 Calories

Lighten up your holiday parties with these slimmed-down appetizer recipes, all 100 calories or less per serving.

  • Stuffed Baby Potatoes
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Stuffed Baby Potatoes

    Stuffed Baby Potatoes pack plenty of favor in bite-size portions—for under 50¢ a serving! These savory appetizers also present a touch of elegance to your party table. If you don't have chives on hand, minced scallions will do the trick.


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    Mini Nicoise Sandwiches

    For a creative twist on the classic Nicoise salad featuring tuna, hard cooked egg, olives, and tomatoes, serve these mini, open-faced sandwiches as appetizers at your next gathering.

  • Smoked Salmon and Cheese Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell

    Smoked Salmon and Cheese Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes

    The entire recipe can be prepared ahead and then baked just before serving. These two-bite, stuffed potatoes are a great way to satisfy your craving for cheesy, high-fat potato skins without blowing your healthy eating plan.
  • Pimiento Cheese Canapés
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Cindy Barr; Leigh Ann Ross

    Pimiento Cheese Canapés

    Reducing the fat in pimiento cheese is as easy as substituting fat-free cream cheese, reduced-fat Cheddar and low-fat mayonnaise for the full-fat products. And you can kick up the flavor with Worcestershire sauce, red pepper and smoked paprika.
  • Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Prosciutto-Wrapped Mango Bites

    Ask for paper-thin slices of meat at the deli counter. To ease prep, look for a package of presliced mango in the produce section. We do not recommend jarred mango slices—they're too soft.

  • Perfect Poached Shrimp
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty

    Perfect Poached Shrimp

    Shrimp is always a popular appetizer item, and it also happens to be a great low-fat offering, particularly when it's poached. You can make this recipe a day ahead and keep chilled in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.
  • Sausage Mushroom Caps
    Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Dan Becker

    Sausage Mushroom Caps

    These sausage-stuffed mushrooms are the perfect 1-bite party food and are always a crowd pleaser. Use spicy sausage for more kick.

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    Salmon and Cucumber Bites

    Dramatically cut the calories out of this simple canape by subbing crisp cucumber slices for bread. The freshness of the cucumbers pairs well with the smoked salmon and creamy topping.

  • Red Onion and Gorgonzola Flatbread
    Leo Gong

    Red Onion and Gorgonzola Flatbread

    Because it's easy to work with, this semolina-flour dough is a great way to try your hand at yeasted dough. The rich rounds beg to be served at cocktail hour. We especially like them with a slightly off-dry Riesling.
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade with Crostini
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade with Crostini

    For 77 calories and less than 2 grams of fat, you have three of these tomato-topped little toasts. It's a great tomato appetizer for the times when fresh tomatoes are not in season because it uses for sun-dried tomatoes which you flavor with olives, dried basil, and lemon juice.
  • Mini Smoked Salmon Pizzas
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Mini Smoked Salmon Pizzas

    Elegant and easy, these little bite-size pizzas are made with gyoza skins, the Japanese version of wonton wrappers. The cream cheese that's spread on the baked gyoza rounds is flavored with capers, dill, onion and grated lemon rind.
  • Harvest Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Tarts

    Harvest Sweet Potato Pecan Pie Tarts

    Serve these bite-size tarts as sweet treat on an appetizer buffet or as a mini-dessert offering. Sweet potato and toasted pecans make them perfect holiday fare, and using mini phyllo shells instead of regular pastry keeps the fat content low.
  • Caramelized Onion Dip
    John O'Hagan

    Caramelized Onion Dip

    Caramelizing the onions by cooking them slowly brings out their naturally sweet flavor.
  • Shrimp-Filled Piquillo Peppers in Sherry Vinaigrette (Pimientos del Piquillo con Tartar de Langostinos)
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Shrimp-Filled Piquillo Peppers in Sherry Vinaigrette

    Try this easy make-ahead appetizer for your next gathering. The shrimp mixture and vinaigrette can each be prepared ahead and then assembled before serving. Best of all, each stuffed pepper has only 43 calories.
  • Indian-Spiced Roasted Nuts
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Indian-Spiced Roasted Nuts

    This simple recipe makes a tasty party snack. Use your favorite nuts, and add a bit of heat with a dash of ground red pepper, if you like.

  • Creamy Artichoke Dip
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Creamy Artichoke Dip

    Warm artichoke dip is always a party favorite but full-fat cream cheese and mayonnaise drive up the calories. This lightened version has less than 75 calories per serving and when served with crunchy veggies like bell peppers and carrots, is a guilt-free appetizer.
  • Beef Tenderloin Bruschetta with Brown Butter
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Beef Tenderloin Bruschetta with Brown Butter

    Your guests are sure to love the flavor combination of melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin with sweet and tangy mango salsa. Beef tenderloin is one of the leanest cuts of beef you can buy, and mangoes are a good source of vitamins A and C.
  • Tex-Mex Pinto Bean Spread
    Randy Mayor

    Tex-Mex Pinto Bean Spread

    Protein and fiber-packed pinto beans keep you feeling full longer so snack on this spread to keep from overeating at the buffet. One tablespoon of dip has only 15 calories.
  • Cheese Fondue with Apples
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Cheese Fondue with Apples

    Dust off the fondue set because you'll need it at your next party to serve this must-have cheese dip. Crisp Pink Lady or Granny Smith apples pair well with the dip and add healthy, high-fiber benefits.
  • Red Pepper-Cheese Dip
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Red Pepper-Cheese Dip

    Roasting the bell pepper, onion, and garlic gives this simple dip a deeper, more complex flavor. Plus, the roasting can be done up to a day ahead. The plain, fat-free yogurt helps to stretch the cream cheese resulting in only 20 calories per 2 tablespoons.
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