Super Easy Appetizers For Almost Every Diet

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By: Rebecca Guldberg | Teresa Strasser | Adapted For Web By Crystal Zampino Posted: 8:48 PM, Sep 12, 2022 Updated: 8:49 PM, Sep 12, 2022

Parties bring all types of people together. From vegans to vegetarians, gluten-free, low-carb… we can’t keep up! So, how do you host an incredible party while accommodating all those dietary restrictions? We spoke to Chris Disney, Director of Operations of Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen in Scottsdale, Arizona for some advice to navigate and throw a delicious get-together. 

First up, this app is easy – and cheesy! 

Baked brie is a crowd pleaser, but especially with the gluten-free and keto crowd. “You can grab a slice or wedge of Brie at the store. Make sure it’s a quality Brie. You don’t want the oily Brie. This is a double cream Brie,” says Disney. He suggests buying the expensive type – the more affordable ones don’t melt as well. “You can buy roasted garlic and just put it in there like that. We’ll bake it together. This will go in the oven, and you’ll bake it for about six, seven minutes at 550 degrees. And then we’ll serve it with a little bit of fig jam which you can buy at the store as well. Add some apple wedges and any kind of crusty bread and you’re good to go.” 

For the vegans : mushroom satay. 

“One thing I’ve learned in life… everything tastes better when you eat it off a stick,” Disney laughs. “That’s right.” By serving oyster mushrooms on skewers, Chris says you get the texture of meat but keep your plant-based friends happy. “It’s a soy sauce based, ginger, garlic, sesame oil… We make it here, but you guys can buy your own at the store… your favorite Thai or ginger-based marinade and you’re just kind of adding some flavor to these.” Bake them for 10 minutes at 500 degrees until the edges are crispy. Chris suggests peanut dipping sauce on the side. 

Finally, for the low-carb and red meat avoiders… turkey meatballs! 

Use ground turkey with 30% fat for flavor. “We’ve got a rosemary/thyme blend… we’ll just kind of toss it in there,” Chris says. Add salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, parsley, dried basil and oregano. Don’t forget the garlic! Add in some sunflower oil and a few eggs, mix it up and roll small meatballs out. Bake at 550 for 10 minutes until lightly browned – then bake again in marinara sauce for about six minutes. “If you just come out with meatballs on a platter and no sauce, is that alright? It’s okay but then they’re naked meatballs!”