Dec 2
2013

Easy Holiday Canapé Trio

in Appetizers, Christmas, New Years

Easy Holiday Canapes

This month I am partnering with Whole Foods and Kitchen PLAY to help you out with your holiday entertaining.  Although the holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, how often do we stress over what we are going to put on the table and end up spending more time worrying about the food than mingling with our guests and enjoying the celebrations?  Whole Foods and I are here to help you throw your best holiday party yet with their “Buy Some, Make Some” event.  Here’s how it works: Whole Foods Market does a little bit of the work, then you finish it off and take all of the credit.

Holiday shopping at Whole Foods Market

If you want a hassle-free appetizer to serve at a holiday party, canapés are the answer.  Canapés are a type of appetizer—a small, decorative finger food usually made by topping a small piece of bread with a garnish, although crackers or pastry are also often used.  I love them because they are easy to assemble, are beautiful and delicious! When it comes to canapés, I like to have a variety of at least 3 different kinds.  So today I’m sharing three different canapé ideas that are simple and delicious—Smoked Salmon Canapés, Brie & Pear Canapés, and Apple & Truffled Walnut Canapés.  These are meant to inspire you, so don’t feel tied down to my combos, make up your own!  Feel stuck? I have found that the cheese mongers that work the cheese counters at Whole Foods Markets are incredibly knowledgeable.  You could always stop in and ask for a cheese pairing to create your own unique canapé combination!  Need more help with the holidays? Whole Foods also has a great “Cheat Sheet” with all kinds of helpful information for you to use!

Easy Holiday Canape Trio

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Easy Holiday Canapé Trio

Smoked salmon is one of my favorite things, and here I pair Changing Seas Norwegian Smoked Salmon with thin slices of toasted baguette, crisp slices of Persian cucumber, a tiny dollop of tangy crème fraiche, and a vinagery caper to top things off.

Smoked Salmon Canapes

Smoked Salmon Canapés

Baguette, thinly sliced and toasted
Changing Seas Norwegian Smoked salmon, cut into small pieces (about the size of the baguette slices)
Persian cucumber, thinly sliced
Crème fraîche
Capers

To serve, place 1 to 2 thin slices of Persian cucumber on top of a slice of toasted baguette, then add a piece of smoked salmon.  Add a small dollop of crème fraîche and top the dollop with a single caper.  Repeat to make as many canapés as desired.

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Brie and pears is one of my favorite combinations because they complement each other so well.  Here I layered sweet and creamy Comice pear slices with Whole Foods Market Exclusive Imported French Double Creme Brie 60% on top of slices of toasted baguette and drizzled them with the tiniest bit of Aseda Wild Honey.

Brie & Pear Canapes

Brie & Pear Canapés

Baguette, thinly sliced and toasted
Whole Foods Market Exclusive Imported French Double Creme Brie 60%, cut into thin wedges
Comice pear, thinly sliced
Aseda Wild Honey

To serve, place a wedge of brie on top of a slice of toasted baguette, then add a slice of Comice pear and finish with a drizzle of Aseda Wild Honey.  Repeat to make as many canapés as desired.

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My third canapé is a bit less traditional, as it is on the sweeter side of things—unlike most canapés which tend to be savory—but no less delicious.  I topped toasted slices of baguette with slices of Honey Crisp apple, a spoonful of New England Cranberry Co.’s Cranberry Chutney, and finished things off with a Whole Foods Market Truffled Roasted Walnut. The sweet crisp apple combined with the tangy cranberry chutney and the chocolate crunch of the walnut bring a fabulous trio to the canapé platter.

Apple Truffled Walnut Canapes

Apple Truffled Walnut Canapés

Baguette, thinly sliced and toasted
New England Cranberry Co.’s Cranberry Chutney Fruit spread
Honey Crisp apple, thinly sliced
Whole Foods Market Truffled Roasted Walnuts

To serve, place a slice of Honey Crisp apple on top of a slice of toasted baguette.  Top the apple with a spoonful of New England Cranberry Co.’s Cranberry Chutney, then top the chutney with a single Whole Foods Market Truffled Roasted Walnut.  Repeat to make as many canapés as desired.

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Make sure you don’t miss even more great ideas at the #WFMholiday Twitter Party featuring Whole Foods Market. Mark your calendar for December 10, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT. You could win one of ten Whole Foods Market gift cards valued at $50 each. Register for the party on Eventbrite!

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*Dislcosure: I was compensated for recipe development and writing this post as part of my participation in a campaign with Whole Foods Market and Kitchen PLAY.  All opinions are my own.

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Jayne December 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Cute ideas! I like little bites like these but never really make them at all. Pinning this for a family gathering end of this month. Let’s try something new! The smoked salmon one will blow them away ;-)

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JulieD December 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I love these! They are so cute and so easy!!

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Betsy December 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm

These look so fun and easy to make. I’ll be making some for my next party! Thanks!

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Betsy December 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

So I made these for a Christmas party at work and they were a big hit, especially the pear one. Thanks again Fuji Mama!

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