Quick and easy canapes to pass round at a party, including savoury and sweet nibbles from mini Parma ham tarts and pea and prawn crostini to caramel Nutella lollies.
We’ve got lots of quick and easy canapes recipes for you to make at home including salmon blinis, apple toasts and many more simple ideas. Quick and easy canapes to pass round at a party, including savoury and sweet nibbles that everyone will love. These simple recipes look so impressive that your guests will never know how easy they are to make.
Throwing a party? Whether it’s for a Christmas party, New Year’s drinks or just a weekend away with the family, these quick and easy canapes are very easy to assemble. Think savoury bites like Parma ham tarts to pea and prawn crostini to sweet bites, like caramel Nutella lollies. Your friends and family are sure to be impressed.
First up are these mozzarella bites pictured above. These mozzarella bites may look fancy but they’re actually really easy to make and can be rustled up in no time. We love the smoked flavour from the Parma ham and the creaminess from the mozzarella bites.
Got a sweet tooth? Try our sweet canape ideas including mini doughnuts, cheesecake pots and whoopie pies.
Browse through for more quick and easy canape recipes…
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Classic smoked salmon makes a delicious party nibble, and we love these cheat’s vol au vents that use a couple of clever shortcuts.
Get the recipe: Smoked salmon and pea vol au vents.
These mini Parma ham veggie tarts are so simple to make and taste as good as they look. Made with only 5 ingredients our smoky Parma ham, cream and egg based tarts are perfect for parties.
Get the recipe: Mini Parma ham veggie tarts
Pea and prawn crostini are so easy to make an dready in just 15 minutes, making the perfect party nibble. The peas are mixed with lemon and mint for lovely freshness.
Get the recipe: Pea and prawn crostini
We love this idea of spicy salmon with guacamole – what a perfect pairing. These canapes are bite sized and easy to make to.
Your friends are going to be rather impressed with these dainty beetroot and mushroom topped blinis. Ready in minutes!
Why not make these strawberry cheesecake pots for your guests? With fat-free Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries and crunchy sweet biscuit, these canapés are sure to down a treat. Prepare these pots in advance and watch the smiles on your guests faces when you serve them – perfect.
Get the recipe: Strawberry cheesecake pots
These beetroot and goats’ cheese crostini are so easy to assemble that you can make plenty in one go, plus they look really start sprinkled with thyme and orange zest.
These easy to make hot and spicy chicken skewers are sure to be a family favourite. Serve with dips like hummus and watch them disappear in minutes.
Get the recipe: Hot and spicy chicken skewers.
Crispy prawns are coated with coconut and served with a zesty chilli dip to make party food that everyone can pass around and share.
Get the recipe: Crispy prawns with sweet chilli dip
These are the perfect grown-up party bite, but are SO easy to assemble using readymade ingredients. The results are so morish!
Get the recipe: Crackling, ham hock and apple toasts
Make retro vol-au-vents in 4 flavours with this super simple recipe that’s also one of our most shared.
Get the recipe: Vol-au-vent selection
These no-cook light bites are so easy to make by threading watermelon, cheese and cured ham and mint onto a cocktail stick. They look the party for a special occasion though.
Get the recipe: Waterlemon, cured ham and feta
We think that sweet canapes are just as important as savoury and our caramel cream Nutella lollies make ideal finger food. With a smooth and creamy texture and nutty flavour, these naughty pops will be gone in no time at all!
Get the recipe: Caramel cream Nutella lollies
If you’re bored of the same old salmon blinis, we’d recommend making these delicious crushed potatoes with smoked salmon toppers. The potato and salmon make a mouth-watering combo, gone in seconds.
Roasted sweet potato discs are topped with guacamole, soured cream and tomato salsa to make a delicious hot party bite that’s also vegetarian and naturally gluten free, so everyone should be able to enjoy them! They are SO moreish.
Get the recipe: Mexican roasted sweet potato bites.
These smoked salmon roses may look fancy but they’re actually really easy to make. Simply top some rye toast with a cream cheese mixture and wrap some smoked salmon on top – simple yet effective.
Get the recipe: Smoked salmon roses on rye toast
Make this unusual leek, blue cheese and walnut pizza and slice it into small squares to pass around as a canape. It’s so easy, and one pizza will go a long way when it’s cut into party bites!
Get the recipe: Leek and blue cheese pizza
What better way to serve nibbles than on individual crunchy crackers? Topped with all manner of delicious toppings like classic tuna and sweet corn or sweet beetroot and fiery horseradish, these party cracker bites are the perfect thing to customise yourself.
Get the recipe: Party cracker bites
Ever considered making doughnuts as a sweet canapés? They’re not as hard to make as you may think – especially with our simple apple doughnuts with apple puree recipe. They only take 30 mins to cook and you can make a batch of 28 in that time. Covered in sugar, bursting with sweet apple filling and served with cream and an apple purée, these mini doughnuts will be a big hit with your guests.
Get the recipe: Apple doughnuts with apple puree
Sausages make the perfect party food that everyone will enjoy from adults down to any little people you have running around. Wrapping sausages in bacon gives them a delicious salty crunchy casing and let’s face it, who doesn’t like bacon?
Get the recipe: Sausages in bacon
Simply skewer small mozzarella balls, sundried tomatoes and basil leaves
onto cocktail sticks to make these quick and easy Woman’s Weekly Pisa
Get the recipe: Pisa mozzarella
Buttery pastry and meaty sausage pieces make these a classic treat with a twist – literally. Our twisty sausage rolls are sure to please your guests. We like serving them up with a range of dips so that everyone can have their favourite.
Get the recipe:Twisty sausage rolls
This steak on sticks recipe makes a delicious party food option that is tender, simple and yummy. Make sure you serve your steak pieces with tangy dips such as tangy BBQ dip or a cheese fondue for extra flavour.
Get the recipe: Steak on sticks
It doesn’t have to be Christmas to enjoy these delicious Christmas canapé crackers. These spring roll-style crackers are a fun choice for party food and they only take 25 mins to cook. With three different fillings, there will be something for everyone. Choose from avocado, prawn and lemon, Feta and lime or sausage and cranberry.
Get the recipe: Christmas canapé crackers
Smoked salmon blinis are delicious, moreish and give your party a fancy touch – your guests will never have to know how easy they are to make. These simple bites can be made in no time at all, simply top soft blinis with fresh sour cream and smoked salmon and hey presto!
Get the recipe: Smoked salmon blinis
Need to make something quick? Then these moreish, snack-sized Roquefort and peach bruschetta are just the answer. All you need are some juicy peaches, a stick of French bread and a pack of creamy Roquefort cheese and you’re ready to start stacking. No cooking required, these nibbles can be made in minutes.
Get the recipe: Roquefort and peach bruschetta
These leek and cranberry Caerphilly strudels are warm filo pastry parcels bursting with flavour. With a creamy leek and Caerphilly filling, these tasty treats will be a hit with your guests. This recipe uses ready-made pastry so only takes 25 mins to cook – even the kids will love these!
Get the recipe: Leek and cranberry Caerphilly strudel
These cheese and chive puffsmake great savoury finger food. Bursting
with cream cheese and fresh chives, these soft choux pastry balls will
go down a treat with a glass of bubbly. Serve in a plastic bowl or a
weaved basket for a rustic look.
Get the recipe: Cheese and chive puffs
Everyone loves a chip ‘n’ dip option with a drink so why not go one step further with our potato skins with lots of delicious dips? Your guests will love mixing and matching our mexican-inspired selection of fiery salsa, cool sour cream and chive and chunky guacamole.
Get the recipe: Potato skins with dips
Keep your party food traditional with good old British Yorkshire puddings and beef. This is also a sneaky way of using up that left over roast beef and making it go a little further.
Get the recipe: Mini Yorkshire pudding and beef
Everyone loves a smoked salmon canape. For a really easy assembly job that looks impressive, put together these healthy smoked salmon, cottage cheese and rocket rolls.
Get the recipe: Smoked salmon, cottage cheese and rocket rolls
Serve mini potato cakes with a sweet chilli and mayo dip for extra flavour. These bite-sized treats won’t be on the plate for long!
Get the recipe: Chilly Philly potato cakes
These individual chocolate and cranberry cheesecake shots look super classy, and if you serve them as dessert you won’t have lots of plates to wash up afterwards. Result.
Get the recipe: Chocolate and cranberry cheesecake shots
These cute bite-size cake pops are perfect for parties. You can decorate them in any way you like to theme to your party and the little ones will love helping you to make them if you can find the time to let them help!
Get the recipe: Cake pops
There’s nothing worse than turning up to a party and not being able to eat anything, so don’t forget your veggie friends! These mushroom and spring onion frittatas are delicious hot or cold.
Get the recipe: Mini vegetable frittata
The classic smoked salmon and cream cheese combo is given a modern and healthy twist by adding a little courgette instead of serving it up on bread. These lovely little parcels are the perfect size to pop in your mouth.
Get the recipe: Courgette curls with salmon and cream cheese
These teensy chocolate honeycomb mousse pots are ideal for a
sophisticated bash. Sprinkle shards of Crunchie bars on top of the
chocolate mousse for a simple but impressive finishing touch.
Smoked salmon cheese wheels are one of those nibbles party guests can’t get enough of. And all you need is three ingredients – smoked salmon, soft cheese and dill.
Get the recipe: Smoked salmon cheese wheels
Homemade bread sticks are delicious served slightly warm and are the
perfect thing to dunk in your favourite dip too. This clever recipe uses
a little pickly to give them an extra kick.
Get the recipe: Cheese and pickle straws
It takes just 15 mins to make these quick and easy Chilli prawn toasts. Pile the prawns and rocket onto toasted white bread cut into circles with a cookie cutter, or use ready-made blinis for an even quicker canape.
Get the recipe: Chilli prawn toasts
These Thai fish cakes are bursting with sweet, fragrant flavours. They combine lemongrass, ginger, red chilli and of course fish together to make the ultimate canapés. Serve with sweet chilli dipping sauce and watch them disappear off the plate.
Get the recipe: Thai fish cakes
These delicious Moroccan chickpea cakes are great for home entertaining. They are easy and fast enough to make at the last minute for your guests.
Get the recipe: Moroccan chickpea cakes
You don’t have to be posh to enjoy the expensive taste of caviar. These salmon and caviar topped potatoes are great party canapés and are filling, too. Soft new potato topped with chopped fresh chives, crème fraiche and smoked salmon, these bites will go down a treat if you’re looking to impress.
Get the recipe: Salmon and caviar topped potatoes
These little morsels will add a splash of colour to your party with fresh asparagus and broad beans and creamy mozzarella.
Get the recipe: British asparagus, broad bean, and mozzarella bruschetta
Finish off your canapes with a little sweet treat. Turkish delight, cut up small is the perfect mellow mouthful. Flavoured with rose water and with a soft and smooth texture, this recipe will soon become a regular recipe at your parties.
Get the recipe: Rose Turkish Delight
We love these tasty Woman’s Weekly minty pea parcels. They’re filled with mint, peas and spring onion and each parcel contains just 60 calories.
Get the recipe: Minty pea parcels
These savoury Parmesan bites are quick, easy and the perfect choice for kids’ parties. Filled with creamy melted Parmesan cheese and covered in crisp flour-based coating, these bites are a great finger food for any get-together.
Get the recipe: Savoury Parmesan bites
These mini macaroons are the perfect thing for a sweet treat once the savoury canapes are all worn out. In pretty pastel shades they make a picture perfect addition to any party. You can colour and flavour them any way you like too if you have a theme, perfect!
Get the recipe: Mini macaroons
Your friends will be so impressed when you tell them you made these delicious free-form cheese and chutney scones. What they don’t need to know is how quick and easy they are to make – your secret is safe with us!
Get the recipe: Free-form cheese and chutney scones