How to make scrumptious party canapes

When you say canapes you mean party already!

Canapes are those little bites most people love with a glass of bubbly. A glass of wine should always be served with some food as it makes it a more enjoyable experience. You will enjoy the taste of the food better and the wine won’t go straight to your head!

This Christmas greet your guests with a few canapes they will really appreciate, as they look festive and attractive and like most finger foods are easy to eat in one bite. As always you can use your creativity here and be as inventive as you like.

  • Prep Time : 40 minutes


  • soft ready sliced white bread
  • smoked salmon – 100 g
  • butter, chive, olives
  • dill, basil leaves
  • small mozzarella balls
  • courgette – 1
  • cherry tomatoes
  • slices of Parma ham – 4
  • capers – a few
  • soft spreadable cheese like Philadelphia – 250 g
  • pastry cutters


Cut the courgette into half. Slice one half into thin slices lengthwise and the other half into thin circles. Cook them on both sides on a hot griddle pan  until soft. With a pastry cutter or just with a knife cut the bread out into small circles

Spread some softened butter over the bread then cut a slice of salmon and lay it over. Chop finely the chives then mix with the cheese until you reach a softer consistency. Put in a piping bag and squeeze out over the salmon. If you don’t have one you could make it by rolling a small rectangle of baking paper then cutting the tip off.

Roll a courgette and put it over the cheese. Finish off with some sliced tomatoes and some dill to decorate

You can do the same but put an olive on top instead and hold everything together with a cocktail stick

Make some Parma ham canapes by laying the ham over the bread and wrap an olive around a courgette slice. Garnish with dill again

You can use your creativity and cut the bread into stars, Christmas trees etc. Here I have cut the salmon into a star and decorated it with the soft cheese, sliced olives and a caper

Make a mini caprese by piercing in sequence a mozzarella ball, a cherry tomato and a basil leaf in a cocktail stick

With the round courgette slices I have made mini canapes’

It looks so festive already… now let’s get a good quality bottle of Prosecco. My favourite is Prosecco from Conegliano which sold in the UK. It comes very close from my home town! Cheers!


8 thoughts on “How to make scrumptious party canapes

  1. You have such a magic touch in the kitchen, Alida. Your canapes look delightful. Sometimes I think I would rather eat all the canapes than the meal! Of course, a nice bottle of wine is a must!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida..


  2. Dear Alida,

    You are amazing and a lifesaver! I have been looking for something to bring to a holiday party, and now I have found it..Your Canapes are beautiful, festive, and are very delicious I am sure. Many to choose from or have it all. They look simple but elegant! I think Louise said it perfectly you definitely have that magic touch! Thanks again for sharing..
    Blessings, Dottie 🙂


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