Holiday Appetizers Under 100 Calories
Mini Cheese Balls
Almond milk cream cheese is delicately nutty, with a buttery-rich texture and zero grams of sat fat. Find it at Whole Foods stores nationwide. You can substitute 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, which adds 1.6g sat fat to each serving.
Mini Crab Cakes with Pickled Celery
You can bake these cakes up to 2 hours ahead of party time and rewarm in a 300° oven for 5 to 6 minutes.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Lentil "Pâté" with Apples
Crisp apples offer a delicious backdrop to the rich and flavorful lentil mixture on top.
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
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.
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.
Frozen artichoke hearts contain no added salt, unlike the canned variety, which may contain more than 300mg per half cup.
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.
Tequila-Poached Shrimp with Lime Crema
These great single serving shrimp hors d'oeuvres are a classic option to serve your guests this year.
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
Meaty mushroom caps are stuffed with bright, herby pesto in this meatless appetizer. Topping with toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) adds crunch.
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. To contrast the cool and creaminess of this appetizer, serve alongside Cumin-Roasted Cashews for a salty and spicy snack.
Baby Potatoes with Caviar
These sophisticated hors d'oeuvres pair well with a great dry white wine.
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
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.
Smoked Trout Spread on Cucumber Rounds
This cool and refreshing appetizers pairs wonderfully with and balances out hot dishes.
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.
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
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
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
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
Caramelizing the onions by cooking them slowly brings out their naturally sweet flavor.
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 and Feta
Bite-sized polenta triangles are delicious topped with balsamic onions, roasted peppers, feta, and thyme.
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
This 4-ingredient appetizer is easy to throw together when you're short on time, but don't want to sacrifice quality.
Roast Beef and Arugula Bundles
This fresh and clean rolls are a great grab and go option for guests who want something satisfying, but easy to munch on.
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
Substitute gravlax or even flaked canned salmon in this appetizer if you prefer salmon that has not been smoked.
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
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
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
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
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
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.