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.

     

  • Melted Manchego Tortas with Romesco and Chorizo
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross  

    Melted Manchego Tortas with Romesco and Chorizo

    Spanish flatbreads, or tortas, are a tapas staple. Spanish-style romesco sauce and chorizo sausage are tasty toppings.
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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.

  • Meatballs in Brussels Sprout Cups
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross  

    Meatballs in Brussels Sprout Cups

    Friends will love the ingenuity of this bite-sized dish. Little meatballs are cradled in Brussels sprout cups for a clever seasonal appetizer.
  • Blue Cheese-Artichoke Dip
    Oxmoor House

    Blue Cheese-Artichoke Dip

    If your stovetop and oven are full, haul out the slow cooker for this fuss-free dip! Blue cheese amps up the flavor for a little twist on the traditional artichoke appetizer. Serve with pita chips or toasted baguette slices.
  • 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.
  • Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Robyn Glaser

    Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto

    This is truly an appetizer worthy of a special occasion. Simply roll up prosciutto and asparagus in phyllo dough and bake. The results are a crunchy, easy appetizer all will enjoy.
  • <p>Lemon-Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites</p>

    Lemon-Caper Parmesan Potato Salad Bites

    Turn "jacket potatoes" into irresistible potato salad bites. Capers offer a twist on traditional relish; they're actually pickled flower buds and add bright, briny flavor to this appetizer.
  • 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.

  • Crisp Persimmon with Ricotta, Honey, Pecans, and Mint
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross

    Crisp Persimmon with Ricotta, Honey, Pecans, and Mint

    Unlike soft, plum tomato–-shaped Hachiya persimmons, squat, round Fuyu persimmons are crisp with an earthy sweetness.
  • Pepita Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross  

    Pepita Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms

    Meaty mushroom caps are stuffed with bright, herby pesto in this meatless appetizer. Topping with toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) adds crunch.
  • <p>Salmon and Cucumber Bites</p>

    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.
  • Spinach-and-Artichoke Dip
    Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

    Spinach-and-Artichoke Dip

    A go-to appetizer for parties, this spinach and artichoke dip has all the creamy-inside, brown-and-crispy-on-top texture and cheesy taste that makes dips like this appealing, but with less calories and fat.
  • 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.
  • Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote
    Photo: Johnny Miller; Styling: Sarah Smart

    Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote

    This lovely appetizer is about as quick and easy as it gets--as tasty, too. You don't even need to let the cheese come to room temperature first; the warm fruit that goes on top will soften it up. Serve with crostini or crackers.
  • Crab Toast with Carrot and Scallion
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Crab Toast with Carrot and Scallion

    These tasty appetizers are made on whole wheat baguette and are topped with a mixture of crab, soy sauce, green onions, sriracha, and sesame seeds.
  • Caramelized Onion Dip
    John O'Hagan

    Caramelized Onion Dip

    Caramelizing the onions by cooking them slowly brings out their naturally sweet flavor.
  • Radishes with Iceberg and Herb Butter
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Radishes with Iceberg and Herb Butter

    Serve crunchy radishes with bright, fresh herb butter for a low-calorie, French-inspired appetizer.
  • Polenta Toasts with Balsamic Onions, Roasted Peppers, Feta, and Thyme
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross

    Polenta Toasts with Balsamic Onions and Feta

    Bite-sized polenta triangles are delicious topped with balsamic onions, roasted peppers, feta, and thyme.
  • Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith Stacks
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross  

    Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith Stacks

    Crisp apples serve as a base for Smoked Trout, Arugula, and Granny Smith Stacks, lending crunch and flavor to these healthy bites.
  • Savory Crisps with Bacon and Rosemary
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross  

    Savory Crisps with Bacon and Rosemary

    This 4-ingredient appetizer is easy to throw together when you're short on time, but don't want to sacrifice quality.
  • 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.
  • Smoked Salmon Salad in Cucumber Cups
    Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee; Styling: Kaitlyn Du Ross  

    Smoked Salmon Salad in Cucumber Cups

    Substitute gravlax or even flaked canned salmon in this appetizer if you prefer salmon that has not been smoked.
  • 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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