One thing that's pretty much a guarantee at most parties and get togethers is that there's bound to be tons of food, so having some healthy appetizers on hand is essential. Some people might not want to stuff themselves, while other guests might be concerned about calorie count, especially since it's so tempting for hungry mouthes to consistently pick at an appetizer platter. For this reason, the experts at Appliances Connection have scoured the internet in search of some of healthy appetizer recipes you and your guests won't feel guilty pigging out on. We've also included some top appliances picks to help you prepare these delicious starters.
Antipasto Sausage Skewers
This recipe for sausage skewers takes less than half an hour to make, and creates 24 utensil-free easy healthy appetizers. It combines Italian sausage with artichoke hearts, red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes to suit a variety of tastes. You can even experiment with ingredients: try adding mushrooms or mozzarella for an extra kick.
To heat these skewers, you'll need a powerful heat source like this 30-in. natural gas cooktop from Bosch's 800 Series. It has five sealed burners, one of which goes up to 19,000 BTU for high-powered cooking. The electronic re-ignition feature, instantly resets the burner if the flame goes out.
Broccoli and Cheddar-Stuffed Potato Skins with Avocado Cream
One of the most popular healthy appetizer combinations out there is broccoli and cheese. These broccoli and cheddar-stuffed potato skins use a homemade avocado cream, combining the main ingredients with Canadian bacon.
One of the ways this recipe saves time is through microwaving the potatoes instead of boiling them. This 24-in. countertop microwave comes from Forte's 5 Series, and with 1,200 W of cooking power to work with, you can get your appetizers finished even faster.
Hot Crab Dip
Dip is another classic appetizer, and crab is one of the healthiest meats available. Crab dip, then, is an ideal healthy appetizer. Hot sauce and herbs make this recipe even tastier, and using Neufchatel cream cheese reduces the dip's fat content.
This 30-in. electric cooktop from Frigidaire is ideal for making this dip. The Ready-Select® controls are easy to use, while the 3,000 W Quick Boil element adds power and versatility to your cooking. The SpaceWise® expandable element, meanwhile, expands from 6 in. wide to 9 in., enhancing your ability to handle a variety of pots and pans.
Mushroom Pesto Crostini
Professional chef Giada de Laurentiis brings us this recipe for mushroom pesto crostini, ideal for chefs who want to feed a crowd without a huge effort. The bread absorbs the olive oil, binding the mushrooms, walnuts, cloves, parsley, and Parmesan cheese to its surface. Even better, the recipe yields three dozen crostini with less than an hour of work.
A gas range is perfect for toasting the baguettes for this recipe, and this 30-in. freestanding unit from LG is one of the smartest options we offer. With its Wi-Fi connection, you can monitor and control it with the included remote control or from your smartphone. If you prefer to use your voice, it's compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, as well. Meanwhile, you can also use it as an air fryer for even more healthy appetizers, and its 5.8 cu. ft. capacity means that it can handle a double batch of crostini if you want to.
Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Fans of Thai food will adore this chicken satay with spicy peanut sauce. While this recipe requires the longest preparation time of the ones on this list, most of that time involves letting the ginger, lime, and lemongrass marinade sink into the chicken. It takes around half an hour to serve six guests.
If you want to cook these skewers over a grill, it's hard to go wrong with this 62-in. liquid propane grill from Weber's Genesis Series. With 787 sq. in. of grilling area, you can easily double the recipe if you want, and the Weber Crafted™ Cooking Grates expand easily.
What is good finger food for a party?
Skewers of food are always a good idea, and so are stuffed mushrooms or peppers.
How many finger foods should I make for a party?
At a cocktail party, plan on four to six pieces of food per hour for each person. If you plan on serving a meal, you'll want fewer appetizers.