Thursday, December 17, 2009

Canapé Recipes

A canapé is a small, prepared and usually decorative food, held with the fingers and often eaten in one bite. Canapés are a good party food, or served with cocktails. This time of year, garnish your canapé with red pimento slices and green olives. Be creative and have fun. Here is a canape recipe you may like, and you can make many variations on this theme.

Smoked Salmon Canapes

8 ounces Neufchatel cheese, softened
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons capers
24 slices cocktail rye, toasted
8 ounces smoked salmon, chopped
Sprigs of dill weed or cucumber twists

Combine the cheese, horseradish and capers in a bowl and mix well. Spread the cheese mixture on the bread slices. Arrange the bread slices on a serving platter. Top each with smoked salmon.

Garnish with sprigs of dill or cucumber twists.

other ideas:
  1. Use wheat bread. Spread with cream cheese and garnish with hot pepper jelly.
  2. With cocktail rye bread, spread with pimento cheese spread, and garnish with sliced black olives and finely chopped parsley.
  3. Place a dollop of lobster, shrimp or crabmeat salad on slices of cucumber. Garnish with sprigs of dill.

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