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!
Deviled eggs / hard-boiled eggs
Baked potato wedges with salsa and fat-free sour cream on the side.
Dates stuffed with almonds
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...)
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.
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.
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?
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.
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)
Thanks for the great ideas! I can always count on 'chow' readers for picking up where my brain has left off:)!
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
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 :)