Canapes and Crostini Recipes

Tiny toasts make the best party bites. Find 5-star recipes for canapes and crostini.

Staff Picks

Crostini D'Emily

Rating: 5 stars 78
Tiny toasts to serve with a festive dip or baked garlic!

Bayou Crostini

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
Broiled oysters are elevated from southern backyard fare to upscale appetizers that still call for licking your fingers afterwards. You can use plain oysters or smoked oysters in this recipe which is sure to please every oyster lover out there. This is a great brunch dish or supper appetizer and goes particularly well with champagne.

Veggie Delight on Garlic Bread

Rating: 4.5 stars 106
Looks elegant and very, very tasty.
By Ila

Nutty Goat Cheese Bites

Rating: 4 stars 41
Tastes rich and crunchy, yet it's very quick and simple to prepare. Lovely with a nice glass of wine. Sometimes I make this for myself to eat with a salad.

Cheese Puffs (Gougeres)

Rating: 4 stars 35
Light, airy, cheese puffs are a versatile addition to a meal or appetizer plate. Tiny, they're like soup nuts. Larger, they pair well with beer or wine. Even bigger, they can be split and filled with ham, chicken, tuna salad, or even more cheese! These are easier to make than the recipe sounds, yet the result looks impressive enough that you can tell your friends you slaved over them.

Creamy Dill Cucumber Toasties

Rating: 4.5 stars 969
I got this recipe years ago from a friend of a friend. I love it and make it all the time for parties. It looks great on the platter, and it is super easy! Everyone loves it!
By Allrecipes Member

Daddy's Shrimp Toast

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
My father made this for me while experimenting in the kitchen. It was absolutely the most delicious way to use shrimp. I think I've gotten pretty good at making this dish but it still doesn't compare to my father's! Don't be fooled by the ingredients. Most are optional and this is easy to make! Great for parties as appetizers or a main dish.
By LISA158

Crab Delights

Rating: 4.5 stars 94
Have these as appetizers or a light lunch. Using English muffins and canned crab meat. You can store in freezer until ready to use, then cook them. This is also good with Clam Chowder for lunch or dinner. Enjoy!

Easy Cucumber Party Sandwiches

Rating: 5 stars 45
These easy, beautiful, yummy sandwiches are perfect for brunches, tea parties or spring and summer lunches. Can be prepared ahead of time and assembled just before serving. This is an easy appetizer to prepare the day before, except for the assembly. The cream cheese mixture is actually better after about 8 hours. Feel free to experiment with the dressing; we prefer the buttermilk dressing but ranch or Italian works great, too. Also, cocktail bread can be substituted for the hand-cut bread, which will save 10 to 15 minutes.

Basil Pesto Bread Rounds

Rating: 4.5 stars 120
A very easy, versatile recipe of a pesto topping on French bread slices. One of my most requested recipes! Great for potlucks or as an accompaniment to soup or salad meals. Try them with sun-dried tomato pesto!

Avocado Toast

Rating: 4 stars 31
Low on ingredients? This is quick, easy, and surprisingly filling. This recipe capitalizes on the wonderful taste of avocado, so make sure yours is in season and ripe. The idea of this snack is that avocado will overwhelm the cheese, but the cheese will add an additional taste into the mix.


Rating: 4.5 stars 60
This is a crispy, flavorful way to serve a baguette that is so pretty it is perfect for entertaining!

Inspiration and Ideas

Just Garlic Toast
Rating: Unrated 4
Here's the blank canvas for any savory canape or crostini!
Cucumber Sandwiches
Rating: Unrated 30
"A friend made these for my bridal shower—delicious!" – ndpotter
Rye Bread Party Pizzas
Rating: 4.5 stars 52

Very easy little pizzas to make -- my family counts on them for New Year's Eve! This recipe uses plenty of melted cheese, a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a dash of ketchup, all mixed with beef and sausage. Perfect for preparing ahead and freezing!