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Recipes: Party canapés

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2D

Start to finish: 30 minutes

Canapés are the ultimate in ease when it comes to party food. They can be combined in endless ways to suit any taste. Each spread recipe makes enough to top 24 canapés. If you opt to use 24 of each canapé base (for a total of 96 canapés), supplement the three spreads below with a purchased choice, such as hummus, tzatziki or flavored cream cheese. Recipe from the Associated Press.

INGREDIENTS

For the bases:

24 multigrain crackers

24 thin slices of seedless cucumber

24 toasted baguette slices

24 purchased phyllo cups (found in the grocer's freezer section)


For the spreads:

Garlic-herb cream cheese

4 ounces softened cream cheese

2 tablespoons milk

Pinch of salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and milk until smooth. Stir in the salt, pepper, thyme, oregano and garlic.


Zesty barbecue spread

3 tablespoons barbecue sauce

2 tablespoons spicy red pepper jelly

1/4 cup sour cream

Splash of hot sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

In a small bowl, stir together the barbecue sauce, red pepper jelly, sour cream and hot sauce.


Orange sweet potato spread

1 medium sweet potato, microwaved until fork- tender

2 tablespoons orange marmalade

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

Peel the sweet potato, then place it in a medium bowl and mash it. Stir in the orange marmalade and vinegar, then season with salt and pepper.


For the toppers

Small cooked and peeled shrimp

Shredded cooked chicken

Halved cherry tomatoes

Crab meat

Small wedges of manchego cheese


For the garnishes

Shaved Parmesan cheese

Sliced green and black olives

Sliced hot peppers (such as piri piri or Peppadew)

Sliced scallions

To assemble the canapés: Arrange the bases on a large serving tray. Top each with a small dollop of one of the spreads. Press one of the topping choices into the spread, then finish each with a garnish.

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