Canapés 101

Susan Feliciano

By
@frenchtutor

Canapés are small, prepared and usually decorative foods, held in the fingers and often eaten in one bite. Buffets, cocktail parties, even children's birthday parties lend themselves to small finger foods or hors d’œuvres. I love making a beautiful tray of Canapés to take to a baby shower. The possibilities are endless now, with this easy do-it-yourself database of ideas.


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Serves:

12

Prep:

30 Min

Method:

No-Cook or Other

Ingredients

COLUMN A: THE BASE

thin sliced bread or toast, cut in rounds or triangles, crusts removed
ritz or fancy crackers
sliced baguettes
crostini
sliced cucumber
sliced jicama
sweet pepper "boats"
sliced roma tomatoes

COLUMN B: SPREADS

deviled ham
cream cheese
fish or shrimp paste
cheese spreads
chicken salad
cooked egg yolks mashed with cream or mayo
nut butters
flavored butters
tapenade or pesto

COLUMN C: TOPPINGS

tiny shrimp
apple or pear slices
halved cherry tomatoes
chopped cucumbers
hard boiled egg slices
caviar
sliced olives or pickles
basil or spinach leaves
cheese slices or cubes
cocktail franks

COLUMN D: GARNISH

chopped herbs
rosemary or thyme sprigs
jams and jellies
paprika or ground black pepper
cinnamon or nutmeg
edible flower blossoms

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Making a Canapé is as easy as choosing one from Column A, one from Column B, one from Column C, and one from Column D (optional).
2
Arrange your base on a pretty tray, covered with foil or paper doilies. Spread each with the spread of your choice. Top with a topping, and garnish as desired.
3
Examples:
Crostini, spread with cream cheese, topped with tiny shrimp, and sprinkled with chives.
Ritz crackers spread with almond butter, topped with a pear slice and sprinkled with cinnamon.
A round slice of cucumber, spread with deviled ham, topped with half a tiny tomato, sprinkled with black pepper.
Cut a small sweet pepper in half lengthwise, stuff with a cheese spread, top with a small dollop of hot pepper jelly.
The possibilities are endless. Have fun with this!

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #Canap s, #hors d uvres