Portable, easy to handle and silverware-free, canapés afford us many special freedoms, including the benefit of being able to taste a large variety of foods without over-eating!
Thank The French!
Rising in popularity around the same time cocktail parties started to become fashionable, we can thank the French for calling fancy finger foods, “canapés,” since the late 18th century.
Originally served as a thin slice of toasted or fried bread that was then covered with something savory, canapés earned their name by their physical nature, which is to have ingredients “sitting” on top of bread.
A little later on, the English began a similar tradition that they referred to as, “amuse-bouche,” which translates ironically from French to mean, “mouth amuser or palate pleaser.”
Micro-Sized Portions of Delight
Given that today’s canapés are both savory or sweet and also feature just about anything served in a micro-sized portion, its likely that what we whip up today is a blending of an amuse-bouche and a canapé. However, the latter name sounds more appealing so it’s quite likely why it’s the one that “stuck.”
Today’s canapés are an excellent option for any size gatherings, but most especially those where you have people arriving at different times and you are not sure how many guests to expect or how hungry they might be.
- 2 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 1/2-1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 20 crackers, non-flavored
- 20 fresh raspberries
- 20 small basil leaves
- 1 In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream and1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar then taste. If your mixture has a nice subtle vinegar flavor with a touch of sweetness, you're good to go. If you can't really taste the balsamic, add a little bit more and even a pinch of salt, then taste again.
- 2 This mixture can be loaded into a piping bag or a plastic bag for dispensing. When ready to serve, pipe or squeeze out about 1/2 teaspoon onto each cracker then stick on single raspberry and one single basil leaf onto each dollop then serve.
- 3 Can be assembled and placed in refrigerator for a few hours, but will begin to lose crispness as time wears on.