The Canadian Living Test Kitchen offers a great collection of hors d'oeuvres recipes that you can make-ahaed or throw together at the last minute.
Chinese dumplings, wontons make great pick-and-dip party food. Although these morsels may not be the authentic variety, the sausage and cream cheese filling will have guests coming back for more. Look for wonton wrappers in the produce section.
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These little golden rolls with a cheesy, tangy filling keep perfectly in the freezer, ready to cook in small quantities for impromptu guests and snacking.
A dip is a fun way of adding variety to the week of lunches. Pack about 1/2 cup (125 mL) of this dip, wedges of pita bread, carrot and celery sticks or your child's favourite vegetable in separate containers. Add a few rice chips or potato chips and your child will think it's a party.
These open-faced sandwiches look very elegant on an hors d'oeuvre tray. You can also use chicken breast or roast beef instead of the pork.
Delicious served warm or at room temperature, these appetizers are great on their own or on small toasts.
Juicy pear, creamy cheese and flaky-pastry bites look fancy but are truly easy and quick to make. You can also use an apple instead of the pear.
The easiest of quick bites to make, these will be just about the most popular since there's a myriad of fillings from which to choose. Coloured or flavoured tortillas add extra whimsy.
With a perfect m?nge of flavours, these slices of pink salmon and dill-speckled cream cheese sandwiched in a bakery-fresh loaf are hard to resist.
Crisp, golden appetizer cups look like little bird nests. Use them as a base for any number of toppings, such as smoked salmon and cream cheese, or red pepper jelly or goat cheese and roasted red peppers.
A touch of Caribbean jerk-type seasoning and bright, sweet mango bring warmth to any winter gathering.
Centre-cut ribs, sometimes labelled pork Chinese spareribs, are perfect for appetizers because they are easy to pick up and eat in two bites.
Decorated with a colourful mixed peppercorn crust, this pâté makes a festive presentation. It is lighter than most traditional pâtés because it uses light cream cheese instead of butter.
Mini pita breads are perfect for last-minute entertaining because they can be topped with a variety of staples on hand at a moment's notice. Try sliced Brie cheese, pepperoni and sauce, or pesto and goat cheese. You can also open them into pockets to fill with prepared salads or spreads.
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