Easy, delicious appetizer using spicy, capicola ham. Make sure you use fresh basil, as the flavors will not be the same if you use dried. These can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, but be sure to bring them up to room temperature before serving to blend the flavors.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
25 canapes
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Slice baguette on the diagonal into 25 slices about 1 inch thick. Spread slices generously with cream cheese.

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  • Place a single basil leaf on top of the cream cheese and press down slightly so basil adheres to cheese. Top with a thin slice of capicola.

Nutrition Facts

318 calories; protein 11.5g; carbohydrates 13.3g; fat 24.3g; cholesterol 47.4mg; sodium 643.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2008
We made these for a New Years party. They were a big hit with the party goers and super easy to make. We used mascarpone cheese instead since we had it in the fridge but I'm sure it would be great with cream cheese. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
01/01/2008
We made these for a New Years party. They were a big hit with the party goers and super easy to make. We used mascarpone cheese instead since we had it in the fridge but I'm sure it would be great with cream cheese. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/16/2008
Very good and so easy! I used 2 basil leaves per bread slice and served them with sliced cantaloupe. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2008
Easy easy and my guests cleaned the plate. I did half capicola and half sopressato. Sopressato went first. Took another's advice 2 basil leaves (one is too subtle) and served with melon slices. I gave 5 stars for the quick easy and relatively inexpensive idea. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2009
I made this for a girls' gathering recently and it was a real winner! I did not have Capicola but used Italian Sopressata instead. I will do as the other reviewer and use both next time. Make sure you use a generous spread of cream cheese and large leaves of basil. Simple fast and delicious for any get-together. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
Easy & tasty! My deli was out of Capicola (seriously) so I had to use Pastrami but it was still awesome. Other than that made the recipe exactly as indicated. Took these bad boys to a wine tasting event & not only did I not come home with a single one but I also didn't even get to try one at the winery (thankfully I snuck one beforehand lol)! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/09/2012
Really easy and guests liked them. I doubled the basil leaves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2008
This recipe is fantastic! I took it to a dinner party for 8 and we cleaned the plate! Highly recommended. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2015
I have made these several times & they always disappear! Definitely let them come up to room temperature before your guests arrive - so much more flavorful. I've been known to spread cream cheese on a roll and stuff it with capicola & fresh basil leaves & eat it as a sandwich - inspired by this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2016
Easy and delicious! Used the fresh basil which makes it perfect Read More
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