Oscar entertaining made easier? Try these canapes

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Oscar entertaining made easier? Try these canapes

Using a building block approach to Oscar party canapes, diners are able to select from a buffet of ingredients – from bases and spreads to toppings and garnishes – to design snacks that suit their tastes.
Party Canapes

Yield: Each spread recipe makes enough to top 24 canapes. If you opt to use 24 of each canape base (for a total of 96 canapes), supplement the three spreads below with a purchased choice, such as hummus, tzatziki or flavored cream cheese.

Start to finish: 30 minutes



For 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 garlic-herb cream cheese spread:



4 ounces softened cream cheese

2 tablespoons milk

Pinch of salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic



Method:



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



For zesty barbecue spread:



3 tablespoons barbecue sauce

2 tablespoons spicy red pepper jelly

¼ cup sour cream

Splash of hot sauce



Method:



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



For 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



Method:



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 TOPPERS:



Small cooked and peeled shrimp

Shredded cooked chicken

Halved cherry tomatoes

Crab meat

Small wedges of manchego cheese



For GARNISHES:



Shaved Parmesan cheese

Sliced green and black olives

Sliced hot peppers (such as piri piri or Peppadew)

Sliced scallions



Method:



To assemble the canapes, 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.

Oscar entertaining made easier? Try these canapes

Using a building block approach to Oscar party canapes, diners are able to select from a buffet of ingredients – from bases and spreads to toppings and garnishes – to design snacks that suit their tastes.
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