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Canapes Recipes--Key to Fantastic Finger Foods

Surprise your guests with these tasty canapes recipes, party pleasers to get your next gathering off to a great start! | Canapes Recipes--Key to Fantastic Finger Foods

Updated February 12, 2019

Surprise your guests with these tasty canapes recipes, perfect party pleasers to get your next gathering off to a great start!

Canapés are bite-sized servings of crackers or toasted bread cut into fancy shapes, and then covered with a savory spread garnished a colorful morsel of food.

Their simplicity makes for an elegant presentation and particularly enticing finger foods.

Fill a decorative tray with these artfully arranged canapes recipes and add some cocktail napkins or small plates on the side.

Serve with specially selected beverages and drinks to help get the conversation rolling.


Secrets to Making Perfect Canapes Recipes

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.





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Canapes Recipes


Irresistible! That is what your guests will exclaim when they pop these mouthwatering morsels into their mouths during the cocktail hour!

Ingredients:
- Gluten-free bread or crackers
- Canapes recipes variation of choice
- Melted butter (or butter substitue)

Instructions:
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.

Tags:
Gluten-free




Variations

Anchovies and Cucumber

  1. Combine 8 ounces (225 grams) softened cream cheese (or cream cheese substitute), 1 tube of gluten-free anchovy paste, 2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) paprika and a dash of cayenne pepper.
  2. Spread prepared toast shapes or crackers with flavored cream cheese.
  3. Place a thin slice of cucumber in center.
  4. Add a small dollop of flavored cream cheese in center of cucumber slice.
  5. Garnish with a garlic stuffed olive pressed into cream cheese dollop.


Clams Canapés

  1. Combine 8 ounces (225 grams) softened cream cheese (or cream cheese substitute) with 1 small can drained, minced clams and 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) onion powder.
  2. Spread on prepared toast shapes or crackers with flavored cream cheese.
  3. Garnish with one clove roasted garlic.


Cream Cheese and Chives Canapés

  1. Combine 8 ounces (225 grams) softened cream cheese (or cream cheese substitute) with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) milk (or milk substitute), 1/4 (1.25 ml) teaspoon onion powder and 1/4 cup (60 ml) minced chives.
  2. Spread prepared toast shapes or crackers with flavored cream cheese.
  3. Garnish with one chives blossom and a sprig of fresh chives.


Ham and Cheese Canapés

  1. 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.
  2. Spread prepared toast shapes or crackers with cream cheese mixture.
  3. Garnish with a pickle slice placed in center of each canapé.


Lox Canapés


  1. Combine 8 ounces (225 grams) softened cream cheese (or cream cheese substitute) with 2 tablespoons (30 ml) milk (or milk substitute), 1/4 (1.25 ml) teaspoon onion powder and 1/4 cup (60 ml) minced chives.
  2. Spread prepared toast shapes or crackers with chives cream cheese.
  3. Place a slice of lox in center of each canapé.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh chives.


Mushroom and Onion Canapés


  1. Mince mushrooms and a small amount of onion.
  2. Sauté in butter (or coconut oil) over medium high heat just until onion turns clear.
  3. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Stir in a dash of garlic powder and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) White Gluten Free Flour Blend until well combined.
  5. Stir in 1 tablespoon (15 ml) milk (or milk substitute) and cook for 1 minute more.
  6. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on toast shapes or crackers.
  7. Spread a dollop of mushroom mixture over top of mayonnaise.
  8. Garnish with minced parsley, if desired.


Nut Butter and Bacon Canapés


  1. Spread toast shapes or crackers with nut butter of your choice.
  2. Evenly sprinkle crisped, crumbled bacon on top.
  3. Garnish with minced parsley, if desired.


Smoked Oysters Canapés

  1. Spread prepared toast shapes or crackers with softened cream cheese (or cream cheese substitute).
  2. Place a smoked oyster in center of each canapé.


Smoked Salmon Canapés

  1. Combine 8 ounces (225 grams) softened cream cheese (or cream cheese substitute) with 3 teaspoons (15 ml) Dijon mustard.
  2. Spread prepared toast shapes or crackers with flavored cream cheese.
  3. Place a piece of smoked salmon in center of each canapé.
  4. Garnish by sprinkling minced parsley around edges of each canapé.





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