Best quick and easy party canapés
For the easiest ever party snacks try one of our five-minute canapé recipes. These recipes use ready-made ingredients so there's absolutely no cooking involved!
Looking for quick and easy canapés recipes? Party season is here and we're helping you to create cold canapés in five minutes.
We set ourselves the challenge of coming up with cold canapés recipes that you could put together in minutes without having to do more than open a few packets (and do a minimal bit of chopping).
These five simple canapés will satisfy the fussiest of guests.
Mini baked spuds with fondue dip
- Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6.
- Toss 750g mini new potatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil and season.
- Spread out on a baking tray and roast for 20-30 minutes or until tender.
- Toss with chopped rosemary and dried chilli flakes for the final 10 minutes.
- To make the fondue dip, put 100g gruyère, 100g emmental, 100ml double cream and a halved garlic clove in a small pan and gently heat until melted.
- Discard the garlic and serve with the potatoes for dipping. Makes 20.
Mini chorizo and cheddar tacos
- Use a 5cm round cutter to cut small circles from 4 corn tortillas.
- Brush with oil then sit in the gaps of an upside-down mini muffin tin and bake at 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 for 8 minutes until crisp.
- Divide 1/2 a tub of guacamole between each shell then top with finely chopped red onion and red chilli.
- Fry 50g chopped chorizo until crisp and sprinkle over half the tacos.
- Cut 50g smoked cheddar into tiny dice and sprinkle over the rest. Scatter over chopped coriander to serve. Makes 16.
Szechuan pepper chicken skewers
- Mix 2 tbsp dark soy sauce, 1 tbsp mirin, 1 tsp crushed szechuan peppercorns, 2 tbsp caster sugar, 2 crushed garlic cloves and 1 tbsp sriracha in a bowl.
- Cut 500g skinless chicken thigh fillets into 3-4cm pieces and marinate for 2 hours.
- Push bite-sized pieces of chicken onto skewers, put on a baking sheet and roast at 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, gently reduce the left-over sauce in a pan until sticky, then glaze the chicken skewers with this for another 5 minutes until charred and sticky.
- Sprinkle over toasted sesame seeds to serve. Makes 12.
Caviar and crème fraîche crisps
- Tip a large bag of salted crisps into a bowl, spoon a pot of crème fraîche into another bowl with a serving spoon, open a jar of lumpfish or salmon caviar and let people help themselves. Makes 40.
Miso baby aubergines
- Cut 500g baby aubergines in ½ lengthways, lightly score and brush with a little vegetable oil.
- Heat a frying pan to medium-hot and cook, cut-side down, for 4-5 minutes or until really caramelised and soft. Flip and cook for a minute.
- Heat the grill to high. Mix together 75g white miso, 2 tbsp caster sugar, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tbsp grated ginger and 3 crushed garlic cloves.
- Put the aubergine halves cut-side up on a baking tray, spoon over all of the miso sauce and grill for 5 minutes until charred and the aubergines are really soft. Makes 20.
Pickled watermelon with feta
- Cut 1 small watermelon into 2cm cubes.
- Mix 1 tsp honey, 2 tbsp white wine vinegar, a pinch of dried chilli flakes and a pinch of salt. Add the melon and toss. Chill for 30 minutes.
- Cut a pack of feta into 2cm cubes. Stick the cubes of watermelon and feta onto cocktail sticks with a leaf of coriander.
- Sprinkle with sumac to serve. Makes 20.
Beetroot ‘caviar’ blinis
- Finely dice 2 cooked beetroots and put in a bowl with 1 finely chopped shallot and 1 tsp sherry vinegar.
- Mix 4 tbsp crème fraîche and 4 tbsp soft cheese, and stir in 1 tbsp chopped dill and some seasoning.
- Top 16 blinis with 1 tsp of the cream mix then spoon over the beetroot and finish with more dill. Makes 16.
Merguez sausage rolls
- Squeeze the meat from 400g of merguez sausages into a bowl and add 2 crushed garlic cloves and a little seasoning.
- Unroll a pack of ready-rolled puff pastry and cut in 2 lengthways.
- Take ½ the meat mixture, form it into a long sausage along the longest side and then fold over the pastry to completely enclose.
- Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with nigella seeds, then cut into 3cm pieces.
- Repeat with the remaining meat and pastry, and chill for 20 minutes.
- Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 and cook the sausage rolls on baking-paper-lined trays for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and golden. Makes 20.
Fig and manchego bites
Carb-dodgers will love these fruity canapés. Rather than use bread as a base the fig keeps things low calorie and healthy.
To make these easy canapés, cut ripe figs into slices making sure they are thick enough to act as a platform to hold the toppings. Add a slice of salty manchego, a piece of toasted walnut and a drizzle of runny honey.
Mini pâté and pepper toasts
To make your canapés more simple you can buy bags of ready-made mini crostini which saves a lot of time wrangling with the toaster. Any pâté would work here, we used chicken liver pate but just choose your favourite - you could even make this vegetarian with a mushroom or pepper pâté.
To make this easy canapé, spread crostini with chicken liver pate. Drain a jar of caper berries and choose the smallest ones. Cut Peppardew peppers into small pieces then top the pate with a caper berry and a little slice of pepperdew pepper.
Pear and parma wraps
Sweet pear and creamy, salty roquefort are a classic match. You want pears that are ripe but still firm, mushy ones won't do here. You only need a small piece of parma ham to wrap so when buying bear in mind that one slice should do you for 3 canapés.
To make this simple canapé, cut a pear into slim wedges. Add a slice of roquefort to each pear slice then wrap everything in a piece of parma ham.
Salmon and cucumber rounds
Salmon is a classic Christmas ingredient, and works well in a quick canapé recipe. We like to use hot smoked salmon because it flakes into perfect bite-size chunks. Most supermarkets do a fresh tartare sauce and it's worth seeking one out as it will give a homemade quality to these canapés.
To make these simple canapés, cut a cucumber into thickish rounds. Top each with ½ teaspoon of bought tartare sauce. Add a couple of chunky flakes of hot smoked salmon and a sprig of dill.
Mini deli skewers
Italian deli ingredients make brilliant quick party nibbles and this recipe combines all of our favourites. Bocconcini or mini mozzarella balls are widely available now and perfectly bite-sized but you could also cut large firm mozzarella into cubes. Stuffed olives give an extra bump of flavour.
To make this quick canapé, wrap a mini mozzarella in a small basil leaf and push onto a cocktail stick. Add a piece of sun blush tomato and a stuffed olive.