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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.

Goodbye crudité, hello cocktail canapés.

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
  • S&P
  • 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)
  1. Toss tomatoes with garlic, olive oil and S&P, then spread in a single layer in a roasting pan.
  2. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes, then watch and pull out of the oven when they begin to brown.
  3. Layer round crêpe dough with a roasted tomato, a dab of goat cheese, a small bacon slice and fresh basil.
  4. Roll the ingredients into the dough, place a cocktail pick in each wrap to hold, set on a tray to serve.