24 Chef Secrets To Making Festive Canapés
Be the host with the most.
Christmas parties are great. Mainly because of Christmas canapés.
But canapés can be tricky. They're fiddly and involve a lot of prep work. You could just not make them but WHAT IS A PARTY WITHOUT CANAPÉS? NOTHING, I TELL YOU, NOTHING.
So, we asked chefs Mark Hix and Kevin Gratton of Hix Restaurants for their tips on how to make great, no-fuss canapés:
Six canapés per person is a good number to aim for, unless you're serving dinner.
Five to six different canapé options is good for a medium-sized party.
In general, canapés should be only one mouthful.
Canapés can be a substitute for a meal.
Don't spend too much time faffing with canapés. Keep things simple!
It's completely fine to cheat and buy ready-made things from the supermarket.
If you're stuck or feeling very lazy, you can just buy dim sum from Chinatown.
Festive canapés are all about sweet-smelling spices and little touches of luxury.
Prep as much as you can beforehand.
Always have a few "static" bowls of things like crisps on hand to complement your canapés.
Good-quality ingredients are most important.
If you want to make your own canapé bases, a clever twist is fried plantain.
Always go the extra mile to make your canapés look beautiful.
Use interesting trays or cocktail sticks to make canapés look prettier.
Sprinkling herbs or seasoning will also make canapés look ~fancier~.
Vol-au-vents are still acceptable.
Intensify your flavours to make memorable canapés.
Aim to get a good contrast on everything: contrast of colours, textures, even temperatures!
Stick to classic flavour combos. Canapés aren't the place to try anything crazy.
If you're on a budget, make vegetarian canapés. You don't have to buy expensive foods: Anything can be delicious as long as the ingredients are high quality.
If someone has dietary requirements, just make all your canapés suitable for them.
Don't bring out all your canapés at once.
Pair your canapés with champagne, or serve a variety of cocktails.
For dessert canapés, make half the amount of savoury canapés you're serving.
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