Basic Canapé Recipes For A Quick & Easy Party Lunch Or Dinner

6 Canapés For Your Easy-Peasy Party Including Crostinis, Granita & Lettuce Cups

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We bring to you an entire menu that is easy to make, can be prepared in advance and will leave your friends in awe of your kitchen skills! These are some basic canapé recipes that’ll make your life that much easier.

First Things First

A canapé is a delicate, petite, pre-prepared finger food which is pretty to look at and eaten in one bite. Just to be clear, these hors d’oeuvres even though small in size, often packs a punch with technique and complexity of flavours unlike, other finger foods like cheese sticks or french fries. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make some for your friends at home!

1. Crostini

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An Italian antipasto consisting of small slices of bread with a variety of toppings. It is the canapé version of a bruschetta. Make a platter of these in advance to kick-off the celebration.


Buy pre-packaged crostini from your nearby bakery and stir up multiple toppings. Cut cherry tomatoes in half, mix with olive oil and basil for a burst of freshness. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

Add another twist to the platter with caramelised onions and goats cheese. Simply cook the onions in olive oil with salt and pepper, until they have that perfectly browned state releasing sweetness. Pair with crumbs of goats cheese to balance the flavours. If you are serving more refined palates, go for smoked salmon with cream cheese and garnish with chives. Serve on wooden boards to add that rustic vibe.

2. Quesadillas

This Mexican snack is filling, sinfully delicious and everyone’s mex favourite!


Prepare your choice of filling (meat or mushrooms) by sautéing in pan with salt, pepper and paprika. Stuff between two tortilla breads, top with cheddar, mozzarella, coriander and hot sauce before lightly cooking on the griddle. Once cooled, cut in desired shapes and crown with chopped tomatoes and sour cream.

3. Chicken Lettuce Cups

These Asian lettuce wraps make for refreshing, crunchy, flavourful canapés. They are so undemanding yet scrumptious, that we keep coming back for more.


Cook minced chicken in a pan with olive oil, add strong Asian flavours of red chilli, lemongrass, lemon leaves, ginger and soy sauce. Stir with green onions and garnish with coriander. Place this humble filling in lettuce leaves {pre-cleaned and pre-washed} just before serving to avoid losing the freshness of the leaves.

4. Tuna Tartare Fishcakes

Fish cakes are similar to Spanish croquettes; a fish patty coated in breadcrumbs and fried. Make it the traditional Yorkshire way for a British addition to the menu or with a swift tuna tartare spin.


Boil potatoes until tender and mash with tartare sauce, spring onions, salt and pepper according to taste. Mix in tuna and form small-sized cakes. Dust a little flour on each side, dip in egg, coat with breadcrumbs, chill for 15 mins and pan-fry in olive oil until cooked. Serve with a tiny dollop of tartare sauce, garnished with dill on top.

5. Chocolate Mousse

No world theme can be complete without France and no party without chocolate! The combination of both, is this indulgent, decadent yet light dessert, that can be prepared in advance to serve when needed.


Melt chocolate and butter together, whisk in egg yolks and set aside to cool. Whisk egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form and add sugar gradually until stiff peaks can be seen {try inverting the bowl on your head if you like to live on the edge!}. Fold through the chocolate mixture along with single cream for an impeccably light, fluffy mousse.

Layer chocolate ganache on the bottom and biscuit crumbs for an absolute dessert. Use espresso cups for ideal canapé presentation.

6. Lemon Granita

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This Sicilian classic comes to the rescue for those who do not like to end the meal on a heavy note. A tart, refreshing dessert for those who love the tang.


Boil some water, add sugar and lemon to taste. Allow it to cool till room temperate and freeze in metal tray. Keep breaking the granita with a fork in between other recipes and this showstopper will be ready just like that! Best served in shot glasses, garnished with mint.

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