20 holiday party appetizers that are easy & elegant


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Choosing a dish to bring to a holiday party can be daunting. It should be easy to eat, not messy, aesthetically pleasing and, ideally, somewhat simple to make (because who has the time, really?). Oh yeah — and it should taste good. Thankfully, these 20 holiday party appetizers (hors d’oeuvres) fit the bill. 


1. Grilled pear, goat cheese & prosciutto crostini

You can’t go wrong with prosciutto. Throw in some seasonal fruit and crostinis — like Cookin' Canuck did in this recipe — and you’ve got yourself a plate full of festive, appetizing finger food party guests will love.


2. Creamy Parmesan spinach dip

It’s not a party without spinach dip. This one from Skinnytaste takes a lighter approach by using low-fat ingredients: only 79.4 calories per ¼ cup. Just make sure to save room for Christmas dinner.


3. Caprese salad bites

All the goodness of a Caprese salad skewered onto a toothpick. All you need for these Caprese salad bites is cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, marinated artichoke hearts and basil leaves. Don’t forget to bring a small bowl for guests to dispose of their toothpicks!


4. Roasted tomato and ricotta crostini

Or take a different approach to the classic caprese combo of cheese, basil and tomatoes. This recipe from Bell’alimento uses roasted cherry tomatoes and ricotta cheese for a tasty twist on the traditional app. 


5. Light shrimp puffs

We’re about to blow your mind: These shrimp puffs have only 44 calories and 1.7 grams of fat each. Crazy, right?! The iFoodReal recipe uses spaghetti squash, shrimp and low-fat mozzarella cheese for a melt-in-your-mouth appetizer that you don’t need to feel guilty about.


6. Christmas tree cheese board

Perhaps you want to be a little more literal with your hors d’oeuvres. Take the food festivity up a notch with this cheese board conveniently shaped like a Christmas tree. Doesn’t get much easier than this one, folks.


7. Christmas tree appetizers

Christmas trees for everyone! For this Betty Crocker recipe, all you need to do is cut pita bread into wedges; insert the pretzel stick; spread with a mixture of fat-free sour cream, guacamole, parsley, garlic and pepper; and “decorate” each tree with chopped red bell pepper.


8. Skinny buffalo dip

Greek yogurt comes to the rescue with this recipe from Wine and Glue, which cuts back on the fat by using the yogurt and light mayo. Top with  blue cheese for ultimate yumminess! 


9. Spanakopita bites

This classic Greek dish can be made ahead of time, so you can easily work it into your chaotic holiday schedule! The crispy, flaky phyllo cups are loaded with a creamy mixture of spinach, shallots, garlic and feta. 


10. Creole spiced toasted pecans

For those of you who can’t get enough of the sweet and spicy combo, these Creole spice toasted pecans from The Food Channel should hit the spot. And they only require six ingredients: butter, Louisiana-style hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Creole seasoning blend, pecan halves and brown sugar.