07.29.10 by Shirley
Cocktail Party Canapés: Crêpes
Party night: You got the crew, the chit chat and the cocktails … now it’s time to scope out the snacks. Part 2 of 3.
Lights are dim, music is pumping, guests are a couple of drinks in — we say, go ahead and let their eyes wander … over to the lineup of hot bites (by that we mean actual food) next to the sideboard. These mini crêpes are hot and easy to nab fast, barely causing a speed-bump in someone’s efforts to cruise your party. That’s what we call a thoughtful hostess.
Begin with a basic crêpe recipe, then cut cooked dough into small shapes and top, stuff or pile on the delicious toppings, like:
- Roasted cherry tomato, bacon and goat cheese with fresh basil.
- Mini crab or salmon cakes with lemon and dill aioli.
- Short rib ragu with a touch of orange marmalade.
- Grapes baked until soft with a hint of olive oil then sprinkled with kosher salt and fennel seed.
- Grilled calamari and white bean salad.
Once stuffed, hold the bite in place with a cocktail pick and display on a stylish serving platter.
Roasted Cherry Tomato, Bacon and Goat Cheese Crêpe Bites
Master a few combinations of ingredients and this becomes an easy go-to party recipe that changes hopefully as often as your guest list.
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
- Olive oil
- 8 strips bacon, cooked and cut in 1-inch pieces
- Goat cheese
- Basil, chopped
- Crêpe dough, cooked and cut into 3-inch rounds (use a cookie cutter or slice around the bottom of a large ramekin with a knife)
- Toss tomatoes with garlic, olive oil and S&P, then spread in a single layer in a roasting pan.
- Bake in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes, then watch and pull out of the oven when they begin to brown.
- Layer round crêpe dough with a roasted tomato, a dab of goat cheese, a small bacon slice and fresh basil.
- Roll the ingredients into the dough, place a cocktail pick in each wrap to hold, set on a tray to serve.