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Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Appetizers

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Appetizers! Perhaps not an everyday thing, but around the holidays we love to have a spread of little nibbles. These are our very best Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres from simple, to sublime, easy to elegant. You will find what you are looking for whether you need a dish to take to a party, something for a buffet, or a plated appetizer.

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As always, our low FODMAP recipes are lactose-free and most are gluten-free as well. We are here to show you that you can thrive on the low FODMAP diet – even during the holiday season. In fact, many of these Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Appetizers are a low-FODMAP option of classics you know and love.

Watch Your Portions

Watch your portions, especially during the holidays and when eating many different dishes in one day or at one sitting. Remember, many high FODMAP foods have low FODMAP serving sizes! It is a great time to brush up on stacking.

Seasoning for Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Appetizers

We take pride in how flavorful our low FODMAP recipes are, including our appetizers. We show you how to infuse onion and garlic flavor into your low FODMAP recipes with onion and garlic substitutes. There are many ways to get onion and garlic flavor into your appetizers, from using scallions (green onions) appropriately, to small amounts of leek bulbs and greens and even low FODMAP onion and garlic powders.

Many herbs and spices have low FODMAP serving sizes and add flavor and depth to your appetizer recipes.

And of course, we have the rest of the meal covered in these recipe roundup articles:

The Charcuterie Board

We love creating a charcuterie board for so many reasons: they are endlessly adaptable, you can buy everything pre-made if you like, they are beautiful to look at and fun to make. Let your creativity flow! We have an article for you on how to made Low FODMAP Charcuterie & Cheese Boards.

Dips, Spreads & Everything Cheese

Blue cheese dip? Cheese balls? Baked brie? You can have them all!

Low FODMAP Guacamole

chunky low FODMAP guacamole in a glass bowl on a wooden board, chips alongside

Our guac is low FODMAP! Use your favorite dippers, from veggies to crackers, even rice cakes.

Hummus – Low FODMAP

hummus on a white plate with low FODMAP vegetables and gluten-free pretzels

Did you think hummus was off limits? Ours is low FODMAP! Serve with crackers or fresh vegetables like carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, radishes or bell peppers. Drizzle with a little garlic-infused olive oil right before serving.

Low FODMAP “Kahlua” Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie 

Low FODMAP Kahlua Pecan Brown Sugar Baked Brie on a platter

This baked brie is based upon our recipe for low FODMAP coffee liqueur, so make sure to check that out as well.

Tzatziki – Lactose Free & Low FODMAP

tzatziki in a glass bowl

This garlicky cucumber yogurt spread is lovely alongside roasted meats, but also as a dip for vegetables and crackers.

Low FODMAP Baked Brie with Cranberries

overhead closeup baked brie with cranberries

Just looking at this baked brie says HOLIDAYS to us! Cranberries do have a low FODMAP serving size! Then we think about Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Appetizers, this baked brie springs to mind!

Low FODMAP 7-Layer Dip

7 layer dip in glass bowl being held by a woman's hand

We figured out how to make the classic 7-layer dip low FODMAP, complete with guac, salsa, cheese, olives and more.

Low FODMAP Eggplant Dip

Low FODMAP eggplant dip in wooden bowl garnished with pomegranate seeds-2

Eggplant roasted in the oven lends a smoky flavor to this easy to make dip. We like this with rice crackers.

Low FODMAP Caviar Dip

overhead shot of caviar dip made with salmon roe on silver platter

Caviar dip with lactose-free cream cheese and sour cream is easy to make – and quite elegant. How about for New Year’s Eve? Try serving with crackers, cucumber slices and potato chips!

Low FODMAP Blue Cheese Dip

low FODMAP blue cheese dip and dressing in a clear glass bowl

Mayonnaise, sour cream and yogurt combined with blue cheese create a delectable dip or dressing.

Low FODMAP Beet Yogurt Dip with Walnuts

Beet Yogurt Dip with Walnuts on a rustic platter

This vibrantly colored dip is made with low FODMAP amounts of roasted beets. Walnuts add flavor and crunch.

Low FODMAP Ricotta Spreads

low FODMAP Flavored Ricotta Spreads

First made our low FODMAP Ricotta, then choose from several different flavor variations: Garden Herb, Green Olive, Garlic & Lemon, Smoky Paprika & Roasted Red Pepper, Zesty Orange Marmalade (a dip for low FODMAP fruits), Maple Blueberry and Sweet Raspberry.

Low FODMAP Baked Feta with Honey, Walnuts & Thyme

overhead image of baked feta with honey and walnuts and thyme in a cast-iron pan

Serve warm with toasted low FODMAP baguettes.

Low FODMAP Baked Feta with Olives & Sun-dried Tomatoes

low fodmap baked feta with olives and sundried tomatoes with toasted baguette in background

Baked in an ovenproof dish, bring this to the table warm. There is a low FODMAP amount of sun dried tomatoes!

Low FODMAP Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread

mega cheesy Low FODMAP Cheesy Pull Apart Bread on wooden board

Start with a round crusty loaf of low FODMAP sourdough bread.

Easy Low FODMAP Blue Cheese & Cheddar Cheese Ball

our low FODMAP Blue Cheese & Cheddar Cheese Ball with Pecans

Tastes just like a classic cheese ball – and ours is lactose-free and low FODMAP. Toasted pecans create flavor and texture.

Low FODMAP Fully Loaded Stuffed Potato Skins

close image of low FODMAP stuffed potato skins with melted cheese

These are very hearty! Perhaps make them for hours ahead of your main meal when folks are clamoring for some food.

Low FODMAP Cheddar Cheese Crackers

Low FODMAP Cheese Crackers on parchment lined baking sheet pan

These cheesy rich crackers can be made ahead; perfect for having around all holiday season. A little Dijon mustard adds dimension to the cheesy dough.

Shrimp, Fish & Clams

All pure proteins are no FODMAP – you just have to know how to work with them in the low FODMAP kitchen. Love fish and shellfish? You’re in the right place.

Low FODMAP Salmon Rillettes

Low FODMAP Salmon Rillettes in white bowl with toasted baguette; pearl handled knife alongside

Elegant, yet is easy to make. Poached fresh salmon and smoked salmon combine with briny capers for a special treat.

FODMAP IT!™ Trout Roe on Tiny Potatoes with Lemon Zest & Sea Salt

Trout Roe on Tiny Potatoes with Lemon Zest & Sea Salt

These make an elegant New Year’s appetizer. You might need to order trout roe ahead, so plan as needed.

Roasted Shrimp with Chile and Almonds

roasted shrimp with almonds

Leave the skins on for max flavor – but set out lots of napkins! Slivered almonds add crunchy texture.

Baked Clams Oreganata

Just like the classic approach, but ours is low FODMAP and gluten-free. Try these dry breadcrumbs.

Low FODMAP Pickled Shrimp

Low FODMAP Pickled Shrimp in a glass jar with ingredients alongside

Pickled shrimp are SO easy to make – they are one of those recipes that ends up appearing way more than a sum of its parts. We used Fody Vegetable Soup Base, their garlic-infused oil and Steak Seasoning!

Vegetable Focused: Raw, Cooked & Marinated

There are so many low-FODMAP vegetables out there! Eat the rainbow!

Low FODMAP Kale Chips

Roasted kale chips piled up on black plate, white surface, dark background

Our kale chips are easy to make and so much more economical than purchased! Ste out in a bowl for a nutritious nibble.

Easy Low FODMAP Marinated Mushrooms

overhead image of easy low FODMAP marinated mushrooms in a glass bowl

Oyster mushrooms have a very generous low FODMAP serving size and these marinated mushrooms are a lovely addition to whatever else you set out.

Hot Appetizers

Sometimes a hot app is what you are looking for!

Low FODMAP Spanakopita Spinach Pie

low FODMAP Spanakopita Spinach Pie closeup on white plate

Did you know that there is a low FODMAP serving size of filo dough? There is! So we created a low FODMAP spinach pie for you.

Low FODMAP Corn Fritters

low FODMAP corn fritters being dipped into salsa

We love these low FODMAP gluten-free corn fritters set out with a bowl of salsa for dipping.

Low FODMAP Hot Spinach-Artichoke Dip

cheesy low FODMAP hot spinach artichoke dip in bread bowl with corn chip dipper_

This app features low FODMAP amounts of spinach and artichokes! Serve with corn chips or vegetables for dipping. Get it while it’s hot!

FODMAP IT!™ Singapore Chicken Satay

Singapore chicken satay on oval white platter with dipping sauce

This low FODMAP version of chicken satay starts with a turmeric rich marinade and is served with a gingery peanut butter dipping sauce (rice vinegar, peanuts, soy sauce and red pepper flakes, too). Protein rich chicken satay – skewers make easy serving.

Chicken Wings!

Chicken wings can function as a hearty appetizer or a light lunch during the day while you prepare the main meal. You might not think of them immediately as Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Appetizers, but wings are quite popular.

Smoky Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Smoky Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

These are a classic spicy chicken wing recipes complete with blue cheese dip for the wings, and we add carrot and celery sticks, too.

Wood Fired Low FODMAP Hot Honey Chicken Wings

Low FODMAP Hot Honey Chicken Wings in cast iron pan set on rack

If you have the wood fire going, it will be very easy to make these hot honey wings – that use low FODMAP amounts of honey!

Low FODMAP Pesto Chicken Wings

pesto chicken wings on yellow plate, overhead shot

Pesto is not just for pasta! Try it on chicken wings.

Maple Dijon Chicken Wings with Fresh Herbs

Maple Dijon mustard chicken wings

This recipe takes advantage of Fody Maple Dijon Dressing.

Sticky Maple Ginger Soy Glazed Chicken Wings

Sticky Maple Ginger Soy Glazed Chicken Wings

Maple syrup is low FODMAP, as is soy sauce! They make a great, sticky glaze for these roasted wings.

Low FODMAP Pizza Chicken Wings with Pepperoni

low FODMAP pizza chicken wings closeup on white oval plate

Pizza sauce, cheese and fresh basil – one wings!

Low FODMAP Honey Roasted Chili Lime Chicken Wings

closeup of Low FODMAP Honey Roasted Chili Lime Chicken Wings on green plate

The acidity of lime complements the heat of chile in this wing recipe. The honey is in low FODMAP amounts!

Low FODMAP “Pok Pok” Chicken Wings

Low FODMAP Pok Pok Chicken Wings on oval white plate with coral colored flowers in background

Fish sauce (we like Red Boat), sugar, garlicky oil, cilantro and mint make for a powerhouse of flavors.

FODMAP IT!™ 5-Spice Ginger Chicken Wings

Monash University Certified Low FODMAP 5 Spice Chicken Wings- Take a bite! Learn more at

5 spice powder, lime, ginger, soy sauce and scallion greens create an irresistible chicken wing recipe.

Popcorn & Nuts

This category is all about low-FODMAP snacks; easy-to-eat nibbles that are always welcomed.

Easy Low FODMAP Sweet & Spicy Nuts

closeup of easy low FODMAP sweet & spicy nuts

A little sweet, a little savory, start with a jar of mixed nuts and add melted butter, chipotle, brown sugar, cinnamon, hot sauce and more before roasting. These make a great host gift, too.

Low FODMAP Chex Mix Snack

two teal glass bowls of low FODMAP Chex Mix snack

You can have Chex Mix while following the low FODMAP diet! Our recipe shows you how. Get those low FODMAP pretzels, cereal and nuts ready!

The Absolute Best Popcorn Ever!

Sweet and Salty Popcorn made with coconut oil, maple syrup and pink Himalayan salt.

A little salty and a little sweet, try this popcorn featuring maple syrup and cooked in coconut oil.

Low FODMAP Garlicky Parmesan Herb Popcorn

Garlicky Parmesan Herb Popcorn in teal glass bowl on gray quartz counter

Parmesan cheese and dried herbs make this popcorn stackable anytime.

Low FODMAP Sweet n’ Spicy Kettle Corn

Sweet n spicy kettle corn in a shallow blue ceramic bowl

Sugar, cinnamon and chipotle make for a sweet and lightly spiced popcorn treat.

Low FODMAP Candied Spiced Nuts

overhead of Low FODMAP Candied Spiced Pecans in orange colored dish

This recipe can be made with pecans or walnuts. They are roasted with sugar, cinnamon and ginger. Toss them into salads for a crunchy treat.

Candied Pecans & Walnuts

Candied Pecans-

A little light corn syrup (it is low FODMAP), sugar and salt. An easy recipe for lightly sweetened, crunchy nuts.

Plated Appetizers

Low FODMAP Frisée Salad with Poached Egg, Bacon & Sourdough Croutons

frisée salad with poached egg (broken open) on white plate with blue border

This salad is a classic starter found in French bistros, but you can make it easily at home. Toast your own sourdough croutons. We strongly suggest not buying croutons; they are always stale and pale in comparison to homemade.

Warm Bacon & Avocado Salad

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Warm bacon, avocado and mixed greens create an elegant plated appetizer.

Ham & Cheese Low FODMAP Quiche

overhead image of ham & cheese low FODMAP quiche, whole, in pie pan with blue and white plates alongside

Low FODMAP Calamari Salad

Calamari Salad in a glass dish

Once you make calamari at home and see how easy it is to prepare, you will want to try all our calamari recipes! Try our fried calamari, too!

Caprese Salad

caprese salad on marble dish on white wooden board

If you can get great tomatoes and fresh basil, a Caprese salad is always welcomed.


Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

hard boiled eggs

We have several recipes based upon hardboiled eggs. Easy to make so that they come out perfect every time with a creamy yolk.

Low FODMAP Muffuletta Deviled Eggs

overhead of Low FODMAP Muffuletta Deviled Eggs on gold edged egg plate

Take your deviled eggs way beyond mayo! These get an olive and caper salad mixed in with bits of cheese and salami! Just like a muffuletta sandwich.

Low FODMAP Bacon Deviled Eggs

Low FODMAP Bacon deviled Eggs with chives

Classic deviled eggs – with bacon! No time for calorie counting now:) Perhaps an unusual Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Appetizer, but folks always empty the plate!

Thanksgiving Holiday Recipes That Won’t Make You Bloat

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These are our very best Thanksgiving & Christmas Tummy Friendly Main Dishes, from turkey to hamroast beef to something a little different like duck, or a simple roast chicken. And we have vegetarian and vegan options, along with some hearty pastas for those that like those additions on the table. Read: Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Main Dishes.

Thanksgiving & Christmas Drinks: Cocktails, Mocktails & More For Even The Most Sensitive Of Stomachs

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These are our favorite Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Drinks, from spirited cocktails, to no-alcohol mocktails, eggnogs, mulled wine, punches, mimosas, spritzers, champagne drinks, hot cocoa, hot chocolate and more. Read: Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Drinks: Cocktails, Mocktails & More

Thanksgiving & Christmas Tummy Friendly Low FODMAP Side Dishes

Images by Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Whether it’s the Thanksgiving table or Christmas dinner, you all told us that the side dishes were the most perplexing when it came to preparing something delicious and staying on the low FODMAP diet. 

We have dozens and dozens of low FODMAP Thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes for you from green vegetables to stuffingsroot vegetables to cranberry saucesleafy salads to grains – we’ve got it all to add flavor and variety to your holiday meal. We want FODMAP Everyday® to be your first and one-stop for low-FODMAP recipes. Read Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Side Dishes.

Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Desserts to Enjoy While Keeping Your Bloat at Bay


When gearing up for Thanksgiving or Christmas, we might first think of turkey or ham, but our thoughts go to pies and desserts pretty quickly! We have over 50 Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Desserts for you. We will help you keep IBS symptoms at bay and still enjoy your holiday season. Click for Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Desserts.

Low FODMAP & Gluten-Free Tummy Friendly Christmas Cookies


Looking for the best low FODMAP gluten-free Christmas cookies and bar recipes? Whether you are celebrating Christmas or any other winter holiday, we have 60+ low FODMAP gluten-free cookies, brownies and bars for you – and they are easy on your digestion. Click for Low FODMAP & Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies.

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