12 last-minute appetizers
By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Unexpected guests on your doorstep? Try these convenient, no-fuss recipes. They’re short on time, big on flavour.
- Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Warm Gluten-Free Biscuits
- Mustard-Spiced Nuts
- Neapolitan Milkshake
- Kale Chips
- Watermelon Salsa
- Best Ever Lentil Hummus
- Apricot, Chicken and Almond Salad
- Smashed Avocado and Almonds on Toast
- Berry Greek Yogurt Pops
Time-saver appetizers are welcome all year round but never more so than during the holidays when friends drop in to share the cheer. Each of these quick, last-minute recipes highlights convenience products. More and more prepared foods, such as croustade shells, frozen unbaked tart shells, puff pastry and ready-made polenta, are available at stores. All help to speed up preparation and are well suited for these appetizer ideas. Every recipe saves on time but not flavour.
Pork Wonton Dumplings
These irresistible Chinese-style snacks may look complicated yet you can make them in about 30 minutes.
Walnut, Brie and Grape Salsa Tartlets
You can make the grape salsa ahead of time, ready and waiting to top these tiny cups of nuts and cheese.
Thai Chicken Salad Croustades
These chicken salad bites are a fusion of Thai flavours – peanut, lime and a bit of heat from chili sauce. You can double the chicken salad ...
Warm Goat Cheese, Basil and Roasted Pepper Tarts
Make the cheese balls ahead of time, then serve as is with toothpicks. Or pop them into tart shells to bake and serve hot or slightly warm.
Savoury Puff Pastry Squares
With puff pastry on hand, it won't take long to produce these stylish canapes.
Smoked Turkey Roll-Ups
Not only are these roll-ups quick hors d'oeuvres but they also make tantalizing lunch fare for kids and adults alike.
Polenta with Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Relish
Tubes of ready-made polenta are available in the deli section of most supermarkets. Just cut, cook and top with this delicious relish for a seduction ...
Smoked Trout Roll-Ups
Smoked trout, with the skin still on, retains moistness and has a mild sweet flavour and flaky texture. If you can't find it, smoked salmon or smoked ...
Baked Brie with Cranberry Caramelized Onions
If time is short, you can make the topping well ahead and even spread onto the Brie up to a day ahead. The marriage of rich melting cheese with sweet ...