Healthy Holiday Appetizers and Finger Foods


Leave it to the Mediterraneans to produce one of the tastiest, most impressive and healthiest appetizers in the book.

Bruschetta is a classic Italian preparation of toasted, thinly sliced bread, typically crusty Italian or baguette, resting beneath a variety of remarkably healthy toppings or spreads. It's often prepared before serving, so your guests needn't lift a finger, and it looks beautiful (and fancy) on the table.

Some traditional topping options include tomatoes, olive oil and herbs; olive tapenade; and mozzarella, tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If you're looking to break the mold, switch out the white baguette with whole grain and top it with fruit over Neufchatel cheese; balsamic mushrooms and garlic; or smoked trout over minced red onions.

Smoked trout, in fact, might be one of the most under-served options when it comes to healthy, delicious, gourmet-style appetizers. It's part of an entire category of finger foods you don't have to tweak at all ...