Eat, Drink, Be Merry - and Light

Appetizer recipes make it easy to give your guests the gift of conversation at your party, not calories

Tiramisu Parfaits

Tiramisu Parfaits

Your guests don't need to know you're having a healthy holiday party. They'll just think it's delicious.

Sesame Beef Tenderloin

Serve this Sesame Beef Tenderloin with rolls and your favorite horseradish sauce for an impressive, yet easy way to feed an entire party of guests. A sesame seed and honey glaze makes this roast elegant. —Sara Dakin, Longmont, Colorado

Apple-Nut Blue Cheese Tartlets

These tasty Apple-Nut Blue Cheese Tartlets look and taste gourmet, but they're easy to make and have loads of blue cheese flavor. The phyllo shells and filling can be made in advance-just fill the cups and warm them in the oven before serving. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

Mini Spinach Frittatas

These mini frittatas are a cinch to make and just delicious. It doubles easily for a crowd and even freezes well ... for added convenience. —Nancy Statkevicus, Tucson, Arizona

Warm Broccoli Cheese Spread

I cut this recipe out of a newspaper a year ago and decided to trim it down by substituting fat-free and reduced-fat ingredients. Whenever I make this for an occasion, I end up being asked for the recipe. —Patricia Moore, Toledo, Ohio

Spicy Peanut Chicken Kabobs

A little sweet, a little sour, and a whole lot of flavor! These Spicy Peanut Chicken Kabobs make a wonderful accompaniment to any party or get-together. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Mushroom-Stuffed Shrimp

Hosting a party? These fancy Mushroom-Stuffed Shrimp will be a hit. They're also a tasty main course with rice or pasta. —Karolee Plock, Burwell, Nebraska

Cheesy Pita Crisps

I first made these golden Cheesy Pita Crisps when my college roommates and I wanted garlic bread but only had pitas on hand. My husband likes this "skinny" version even better than the original! —Christine Mattiko of Dallastown, Pennsylvania

Crab-Filled Veggie Bites

Whenever I go to a party, friends and family hope I bring these Crab-Filled Veggie Bites with me. The crab filling is also good piped onto celery or used as a cracker spread. Range the horseradish to suit your tastes. —Debbie Bloomer, Omaha, Nebraska

Tiramisu Parfaits

As a mouth-watering finale, I whip up my tiramisu and serve it in pretty parfait glasses. These Tiramisu Parfaits are a long-time favorite dessert. I think they look so pretty with a drizzle of chocolate or cocoa on top. —Nancy Granaman, Burlington, Iowa