Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just drinks in the garden, canapés are always a nice touch.
Whenever someone says canapés I often think; expensive, complicated and where do I even begin in making them! However, I’ve found 4 easy, inexpensive, yummy canapé recipes that I love to make;
1. Asparagus in prosciutto
This elegant party appetizer is super easy, in just a few simple steps.
Step 1: Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each asparagus spear
Step 2: Preheat a barbecue grill or chargrill pan on high. Spray the asparagus lightly with olive oil spray. Cook on grill, turning occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until the prosciutto is golden and the asparagus is bright green and tender crisp.
Step 3: Transfer to platter and serve.
2. Pea and prawn crostini
Pea and prawn crostini are easy to make in just 15 minutes, making them a perfect party nibble. The peas are mixed with lemon and mint for lovely freshness.
Step 1: Blitz together the peas, a squeeze of lemon juice, a bit of garlic, mint and the oil with seasoning. Chill until ready to serve.
Step 2: Arrange the bread slices on a baking tray and drizzle with the oil. Grill until lightly toasted on both sides.
Step 3: Arrange on a serving platter, put spoonful of pea puree onto each bread slice. Top each one with prawns, enjoy!
3. Hot and Spicy Chicken skewers
Hot and spicy chicken skewers are the perfect way to spice up your buffet table, and low calorie too!
Step 1: Put the chicken pieces, teriyaki marinade and maple syrup into a food bag, seal tight and mix well. Leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Step 2: Soak skewers in water for 30 mins. Heat grill to medium. Thread a chicken fillet onto each skewer and transfer to a grill rack. Grill chicken for 8-10 mins, turning halfway, until cooked through.
Step 3: Serve with sweet chilli dipping sauce.
4. Strawberry cheesecake pots
These sweet pots are best prepared before guests arrive, they take a little longer to prep than the other canapés but always go down well. Strawberries not your thing? This recipe also works great with raspberries or blueberries.
Step 1: Crumble light digestive biscuits into a bowl. Divide the crumbs between 6 wine glasses or small tumblers.
Step 2: Place 200g light condensed milk into a bowl and add the zest and juice of 1 lemon and 1tsp vanilla extract (optional). Stir together until the mixture has thickened.
Step 3: Whisk 150g extra light cream cheese and 150g tub fat-free Greek yogurt in a small bowl until smooth then fold into the thickened condensed milk. Don’t over beat the mixture. Spoon this creamy mixture over the biscuits.
Step 4: Chop 250g fresh strawberries, mix with 3tbsp strawberry jam and top the cheesecakes with the fruit to serve.
Step 5: Chill for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Charlotte M – Seeing Me Project blogger