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A selection of Christmas canapes on three plates including sausage blinis, gin and tonic cake squares and beetroot tacos

31 Christmas canapé recipes

Published: December 16, 2020 at 7:45 pm

Every good party needs tasty finger food and elegant canapés to serve alongside the fizz, and whether you want chilli chicken wings or Welsh rarebit croquetas we've got you covered with our top recipes.

Try our easy Christmas canapés recipes and Christmas nibbles for the best Christmas party food. Plus we've got plenty more quick and easy canapé recipes to choose from.


If you’re planning a Christmas party this year we’ve got some quick finger food ideas to serve with your Christmas drinks (check out our festive recipes). Our Christmas nibble recipes are easy to make, from turkey sausage puff pastry tarts to sticky pork belly skewers. We also have some fun twists on Welsh rarebit, spring rolls and croquettes.

Christmas canapé ideas

Mini sausage rolls

Serve a plate of these irresistible sausage rolls, with an extra buttery and flaky pastry, as a canapé for your next festive get-together.

A gold tray topped with puff pastry sausage rolls

Tear ‘n’ share sausage roll

Perk up your party buffet with our epic sausage roll and camembert wheel.

Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls Recipe with Cheese

Chopped egg salad on salt and vinegar crisps

Get inventive with your party food and try this easy all-in-one egg salad and crisps canapé, great for vegetarian guests.

Chopped Egg Salad Canapé Recipe on Crisps

Gin and tonic traybake squares

Treat your guests to these mini boozy squares at your next drinks party – sweet canapés make a thoughtful extra touch.

Gin and Tonic Traybake Squares Recipe

Pickled beetroot tacos with goat’s cheese

Kick off a festive party with these easy vegetarian canapés perfect for fuss-free hosting.

Pickled beetroot mini tacos with goat's cheese and walnuts

Maple-glazed sausage blinis

Kick off a festive party with these easy canapés, turning cocktail sausages into impressive bitesize party food.

Cocktail Sausage Canapés with Maple-Glaze

Chilli-and-marmalade-glazed pork belly squares

Kick off a festive party with our easy canapés. These sticky-sweet bites can be partly prepared ahead for fuss-free entertaining.

Pork Belly Canapés Recipe with Marmalade

Christmas croquettes with bread sauce

These crispy balls are easy to make and perfect at keeping a hungry crowd happy over the festive season.

Stuffing Croquettes with Bread Sauce

Duck samosas

Check out our impressive samosa recipe packed with tender duck, wrapped in super flaky pastry and served with a fresh coriander chutney – perfect for entertaining over the festive season.

Samosa Recipe with Duck

Chilli chicken wings with yogurt and oregano

These juicy wings are spiced with paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and fresh oregano, serve with a light yogurt sauce to feed a hungry horde over the festive season.

Chilli Chicken Wings Recipe with Yogurt

Croquettes with black pudding and apple sauce

Looking for impressive Christmas canapés to serve guests over the festive season? These indulgent croquettes are packed with smoked black pudding and creamy blue cheese.

Black Pudding Croquettes with Apple Sauce

Mini lobster rolls

Proper posh Christmas party food! These mini lobster rolls are easy to make but look impressive – perfect for hassle-free entertaining at a Christmas party. Check out our lobster recipes here

Mini Lobster Rolls Recipe

Devilled coronation eggs

Need an easy canapé to serve this Christmas? Try our coronation chicken devilled eggs – a retro canapé combined with a simple classic British sandwich – perfect party food. More quick and easy canapés here

Devilled Eggs Recipe with Coronation Chicken

Sausage rolls with turkey and cranberry

Try these crispy turkey, stuffing and cranberry sausage puffs for an easy festive canapé. This recipe makes 15 and can be made well in advance, meaning you'll be ready for all those Christmas parties.

Turkey Sausage Puff Pastry With Stuffing and Cranberry

Tajín cauliflower Christmas bites

Jazz up your veggie canapés this Christmas with tajín, a classic Mexican seasoning made from lime, chilli and salt.

A silver tray topped with orange roasted cauliflower with a pot of white sauce in the corner

Mini quiches with smoked salmon and courgette

These little wonders look striking, are gorgeously crunchy and easy to put together. Great for an easy addition to any festive buffet.

Mini Quiches with Smoked Salmon and Courgette

Vegan pulled pork sliders with mustard slaw

Change up pulled pork buns with jackfruit for an easy yet moreish Christmas nibble idea to serve your vegan friends this Christmas.

Jackfruit Pulled Pork Recipe with Vegan Slaw

Christmas party tartines

In need of really quick and easy cold canapés to make? Try our simple party tartines for fuss-free festive party food that's a bit more substantial than canapés.

Easy Party Canapé Recipes

Carrot, halloumi and dill balls

How can you make halloumi even better? Sabrina Ghayour says: combine it with carrot and dill, and deep fry. And we agree. Perfect with drinks.

Halloumi Balls Recipe with Carrots

Prawn canapés with avocado

This canapé recipe is great for Christmas party food. It's your classic prawn cocktail with a twist. Pass them around your Christmas party for an easy Christmas nibble. Try our traditional prawn cocktail recipe here.

Avocado and prawn cocktail toasts

Welsh rarebit croquetas with pickled onions

These Christmas canapés have a crunchy exterior, a melty inner and a satisfyingly tangy edge. They're a definite crowd pleaser and a great way to use up leftover cheese over the Christmas period.

Rarebit And Pickled Onion Croquetas Recipe

Fresh figs stuffed with goat’s cheese

Looking for a vegetarian Christmas canapé recipe? These crunchy filo-baked fresh figs make an awesome Christmas nibble or starter that is easy to make. Plenty more fig recipes here.

Goat's Cheese Filo Parcels Recipe with Figs

Cod fritters Christmas canapé with harissa honey dip

Mix up the Christmas canapés this year with these crunchy fish fritters with sweet and spicy dip from Persian cooking guru Sabrina Ghayour. They're a great idea for a middle-Eastern dinner party spread or Christmas party.

Spiced Cod Fritters Recipe With Harissa Honey Dip

Pork belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce

These pork belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce make easy but impressive canapés for the festive season.

Pork-Belly Skewers Recipe With Caramel Sauce

Lamb kofta puff pastry canapés with tomato sauce

This recipe from Persian cook Sabrina Ghayour for flakey puff pastry wrapped around tender lamb koftas is sure to be a hit with your dinner party guests over the Christmas period.

Lamb Kofta Rolls Recipe With Tomato Sauce

Mar hor Christmas nibble recipe (Galloping Horse)

This is a meat-free version of a classic Thai recipe and is an easy canapé to have with drinks at any festive dinner party. Try our other Thai recipes here

Mar Hor Recipe (Galloping Horse)

Mini buck rarebit canapés

A Welsh rarebit topped with an egg is called a buck rarebit. This version is beautifully bite-sized, perfect for sharing over the Christmas period for finger food.

Mini Welsh Rarebits Recipe

Mozzarella cheese sticks recipe with spicy dipping sauce

Want to please a crowd this Christmas? Try our gooey mozzarella sticks with a punchy dipping sauce. These are best cooked from frozen, so they are a perfect make ahead Christmas nibble over the festive season. Check out our best cheese recipes here

Mozzarella Dippers Recipe with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Chorizo and tomato mini frittatas recipe

These easy canapés can be made ahead then reheated in a warm oven to serve at a festive dinner party.

Chorizo And Tomato Frittatas Recipe

Duck rice paper rolls with mango

Ready in just half an hour, these are great cold canapés to make if you're looking for a fresh festive snack.

Duck Rice Paper Rolls Recipe with Mango

Fig and goat’s cheese puffs Christmas canapé

The easiest Christmas party finger food with just four ingredients and ready in half an hour. This simple puff pastry canapé serves 16 so great for a crowd.

Roasted Figs with Goat's Cheese Canapé Recipe

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