Choose a variety of canapes recipes that complement each other; consider flavors, colors, shapes, textures and arrangement on the serving tray.
Purchase firm gluten-free breads and let them become "day-old".
Cut off the crusts from bread slices before using.
Use canapé cutters or cookie cutters to cut breads into fancy shapes and sizes appropriate for graceful eating.
Make flavored spreads ahead of time and keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Likewise, prepare embellishments and garnishes in advance.
Prepare cracker based canapés first as they keep much longer than toasted bases.
To retain a crisp base, cover to the edges with flavored spreads.
Toasted canapés become soggy quickly, so must be served as soon as they are prepared.
Add variety to the tray by mixing toast and cracker based canapés.
By Cat McMahon
Irresistible! That is what your guests will exclaim when they pop these mouthwatering morsels into their mouths during the cocktail hour!
- Gluten-free bread or crackers
- Canapes recipes variation of choice
- Melted butter (or butter substitue)
1. If using gluten-free bread, remove crusts with a sharp knife.
2. Cut bread into shapes (squares, strips, rounds triangles or other festive shapes).
3. Lightly brush melted butter (or butter substitute) on one side of bread shapes and toast them in a skillet or under a broiler just until golden brown.
4. Top untoasted side of bread or top of crackers with canapé appetizer variation of choice.
5. Serve immediately.
Spread prepared toast shapes or crackers with flavored cream cheese.
Garnish with one chives blossom and a sprig of fresh chives.
Ham and Cheese Canapés
In a food processor, add 1/2 cup (125 ml) finely diced ham, 1/2 cup (125 ml) shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 8 ounces (225 g) softened cream cheese (or cream cheese substitute) and 3 teaspoons (15 ml) Dijon mustard, and process just until combined.
Spread prepared toast shapes or crackers with cream cheese mixture.
Garnish with a pickle slice placed in center of each canapé.