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Appetizer ideas..... with dietary restrictions

I'm normally the person everyone goes to for appetizer ideas, however, I am now completely stumped. I need to make 2 appetizers for an outdoor concert this weekend, so they will need to be something that travels well. We'll be outdoors from about 3 - midnight and will be drinking plenty of wine under the stars! The problem is there are numerous dietary restrictions for some of the small group (3-4):

1) no tomatoes
2) no citrus
3) low sodium
4) not spicy
5) low fat
6) minimal dairy

The only one I've come up with so far is black bean, corn & avocado salsa (w/o tomatoes). I had thought of the proscuitto-wrapped asparagus until I saw the sodium content. I was planning on making a roasted corn & jalapeno hummus (reducing the jalapenos by 1/2), only to find out they don't like hummus.

Any other ideas greatly appreciated!

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  1. Deviled eggs / hard-boiled eggs

    Baked potato wedges with salsa and fat-free sour cream on the side.

    Dates stuffed with almonds

    1. Marinated mushrooms

      Rice & mild herbs stuffed mushroom caps

      Fruit kabobs (melons, strawberry, grapes) with optional yogurt dip

      Peanut-butter stuffed celery logs w/ raisins (harking back to childhood days...)

      1. I love this Pea Dip with Parmesan and my guests always love it too. You can cut down on the parmesan. And I usually leave out the mint. I serve with pita chips.


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        1. re: valerie

          Hmmm..... and I just so happen to have fresh mint in my fridge! Thanks Valerie!

        2. Baked mini muffin sized veggie frittatas? Roasted veggie assortment with a reduced basalmic glaze as a dip, or maybe a lentil or white bean based dip? Edamame in pods with a sesame seed light salt mix or salt free herb mix, pitted dates with an almond shoved into the pit cavity.
          Tough crowd.

          1. Giada's Polenta squares with mushroom ragu...use olive oil instead of butter.

            1. I'm going to guess that not everyone has an aversion to everything you list. So why not do a little of this and a little of that.

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              1. re: c oliver

                Exactly. Not every dish has to suit every person's special dietary needs, as long as everyone has something they can eat. I think it's nice that hosts are so concerned but we see so many of these types of questions here, people trying to find dishes that suit everyone, when it seems unnecessary.

              2. Frozen seedless grapes.

                1. Asian lettuce wraps with tofu and mushrooms instead of chicken

                  Roast cubes of zuke, squash, onion, bell peppers and mushrooms in olive oil, rosemary and balsamic than make veggie kabobs

                  baked zucchini fritters

                  Is puff pastry too high in fat for you?

                  1. The black bean, corn, and avocado salsa sounds great. I might bring roasted or grilled asparagus and fresh melon along with prosciutto, then allow the guests to wrap or not wrap as they desire.

                    How about bruschetta with a variety of toppings? Mushroom, eggplant, white bean, roasted or grilled vegetables, tapenade and/or tomato and basil for those who can have it -- something for everyone.

                      1. re: cheesecake17

                        OP mentioned that the friends don't like hummus!

                      2. Cucumber wrapped sushi? (I'm guessing the nori seaweed sheets traditionally used might be high sodium) The ones in the pic here are really pretty...


                        Vietnamese rice paper rolls (I think in the U.S. you call them Summer rolls but I'm not certain)

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                        1. re: ursy_ten

                          i was thinking summer rolls too. use lots of mint and rice vinegar instead of the citrus.

                          a spanish tortilla would work too and goes nicely with wine.

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            If the low fat is important I would think twice about the Spanish tortilla--mine is made with lots of healthy but high calorie olive oil.

                            1. re: escondido123

                              that's the traditional way, but plenty of ways around that.

                              i also like them because they are just as good room temp, so no worries about chilling food.

                        2. Thanks for the great ideas! I can always count on 'chow' readers for picking up where my brain has left off:)!

                          1. pinwheel sandwiches of turkey/ham/rbeef on tortillas and little schmears of pesto, rolled and cut.

                            crackers with honey mustard, turkey, and a dollop of whole berry cranberry sauce

                            white bean dip with pita chips

                            And I loved the mini frittata/quiche idea

                            1. white bean spread with spinach & roasted onions

                              baba ghanoush

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                              1. re: laliz

                                I second the summer roll idea. I like mine with shrimp or tofu, mint, basil, cukes, carrots, bean sprouts and rice noodles. Make your own peanut sauce to go with and bring Siracusa for those that can handle the heat.

                              2. too late now, but my first thought was cucumber cups with baba ghanouj (though if they don't like hummus, baba ghanouj is questionable too... sometimes i do it with mint for OH instead of parsley (he's not a fan of the latter).)

                                roasted beets with chives and/or rosemary and a sprinkle of goat cheese or feta on some with a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil.. slices are easy to grab

                                salmon croquettes with a dipping sauce of some kind (i like to do a lemon/parsley/butter/cream or milk, but you could do some non-fat greek yogurt with parsley, etc. or a low-fat aioli) i do my salmon croquettes simply with boneless skinless salmon broken down, mixed with almost pureed cooked onion, a little egg (sometimes all or mostly white), salt, pepper, parsley and almond meal. form little croquettes and bake.

                                polenta bites (firmed and broiled polenta pieces) topped with an eggplant tapenade or caramelized onions, mushrooms and herbs

                                too late, but maybe for the future :)