Canapes and Crostini Recipes

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

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Crostini D'Emily

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Tiny toasts to serve with a festive dip or baked garlic!

Bayou Crostini

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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

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Looks elegant and very, very tasty.

Nutty Goat Cheese Bites

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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.

Rye Bread Party Pizzas

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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!

Bay Scallops with Garlic Parsley Butter Sauce

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They say smell is the sense most closely linked to memory recall, and that was certainly the case while making these garlicky, buttery bay scallops on toast. As waves of the wonderful aromas wafted up from the pan, they brought back a flood of vivid memories of my first kitchen job.

Daddy's Shrimp Toast

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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.

Mini Philly Cheesesteaks

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Miniaturized sandwiches don't usually float my boat, or submarine, as they're almost always not as good as the full-sized versions, but these mini Philly cheesesteaks really captured everything I love about the classic.

Pumpkin Seed Flatbread with Sweet Onions and Feta

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As I researched the health benefits of pumpkin seeds I discovered that not only did they have lots of nutritional benefits, but contained large amounts of tryptophan. Yes, that tryptophan, the 'turkey valium' you read about every year. I've always wanted to try them instead of pine nuts on various recipes. Little did I know I was really inventing an alternative medicinal treatment.

Crab Delights

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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!

Sweet Bacon Crackers

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Butter crackers are baked with bacon and brown sugar to make a delicious snack.

Avocado Toast

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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.

Inspiration and Ideas

Just Garlic Toast

Here's the blank canvas for any savory canape or crostini!

Cucumber Sandwiches

"A friend made these for my bridal shower—delicious!" – ndpotter

Easy Cucumber Party Sandwiches

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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.