Whether you're planning a Christmas get-together or you know someone who is, chances are you'll need an appetizer or starter to share this holiday season.

Since parties are all about indulging, you know most gatherings will feature lots of great-tasting choices that are also sky-high in fat and calories. Instead, why not try some delicious recipes that guarantee a lighter option? These recipes will be the talk of the party and disappear in no time from any buffet table. We promise!


Beef Canapes with Cucumber Sauce

Beef Canapes with Cucumber Sauce
A homemade cucumber yogurt sauce complements tender slices of beef in this Beef Canapes with Cucumber Sauce recipe from our Test Kitchen. Both the meat and sauce are conveniently made in advance.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Goat Cheese Crostini

Goat Cheese Crostini
My husband got this Goat Cheese Crostini recipe from a friend at work. At first, I thought the flavors wouldn't work well together, but they blend deliciously!
—Rebecca Ebeling, Nevada City, California


Spiced Pecans

Spiced Pecans
I usually make at least 2 batches of these Spiced Pecans at a time and package in containers to give as gifts.
—Tari Ambler, Shorewood, Illinois


Sweet 'n' Sassy Meatballs

Sweet 'n' Sassy Meatballs
When I declare "the buffet is open," guests make a beeline for the meatballs. The combination of lean turkey, sausage, chili sauce and preserves in Sweet 'n' Sassy Meatballs is scrumptious!
—Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida


Crab Salad Tarts

Crab Salad Tarts
These little bites are as easy as they are elegant. Guests will never know you made and froze these Crab Salad Tarts weeks ago!
—Donna Roberts, Shumway, Illinois



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