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Cocktail Party Hors d'oeuvre Recipes
Mozzarella & Sun-dried Tomato Bites
Makes 24 canapés
Advance prep:  Day of party so bread is fresh.
Last-minute prep:  Broiled about 1 minute before serving to melt the cheese.
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, julienned, in olive oil, drained
  • 1 baguette
Steps to prepare:
  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Slice baguettes into rounds, about 3/8” thick.
  3. Slice mozzarella into 24 pieces about 3/8” thick
  4. Cover baguette round with a slice of mozzarella.
  5. Top with 2-4 sun-dried tomato slivers.
  6. Broil for about 1 minute, until cheese melts.
Note: Stay next to the oven while broiling the bites. It takes about a minute for the cheese to melt and about one more minute to burn!

Smoked Salmon Canapés
Makes 24 canapes.
Advance prep:  Day of party so ingredients are fresh.
Last-minute prep:  None.
  • ½ pound smoked salmon, sliced thin
  • 8 slices pumpernickel bread
  • Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Capers
  • Lemon zest 

Steps to prepare:

  1. Spread cream cheese on the slices of bread.
  2. Use a biscuit or cookie cutter to cut out bite-size (1 3/4" - 2") shapes in the bread and salmon.  A selection of biscuit/cookie cutters are available at hobby stores.
  3. Place the salmon over bread bases of the same shape.
  4. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  5. Garnish with lemon zest and 3-5 capers.
Prosciutto & Melon
Makes 32 pieces
Advance prep:  Day before party and refrigerate.
Last-minute prep:  None.
  • ½ pound thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1 ripe cantaloupe or honeydew melon
Steps to prepare:
  1. Cut prosciutto slices lengthwise into 32 strips.
  2. Cut melon in half lengthwise & scoop out seeds.
  3. Cut into eight wedges and remove rinds.
  4. Cut each of the eight pieces in quarters and wrap with prosciutto.
  5. Use a toothpick to hold together.
Curried Tuna on Cucumber
Makes 40 servings.
Advance prep:  Mix topping the day before party and refrigerate.
Last-minute prep:  3 hours before party, cut & top cucumbers.
  • 1 7-oz. can of tuna, drained
  • ¼ cup currents
  • ¼ cup chopped toasted pecans
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chutney
  • Curry powder to taste
  • ¼ cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 seedless cucumbers
Steps to Prepare:
  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Cut cucumber into slices less about ¼” thick.
  3. Spoon tuna mixture onto each cucumber slice.
Pepperoni Bites
Makes 20 large appetizers.
Advance prep:  Prepare the day before.
Last-minute prep:  Bake 12-15 minutes before serving.
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup chopped pepperoni
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 2 packages refrigerated biscuits (10 each)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Steps to prepare:
  1. Combine mozzarella, pepperoni, and pizza sauce.
  2. Separate biscuits and flatten to 3+ inch circles.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in each circle.
  4. Bring edges of circle together and pinch together to seal.
  5. Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet.
  6. Brush with milk.
  7. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake in 350 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes.

...many more hors d'oeuvres recipes found in specific themes and our blog!