It's the party season, so why not spend more time with friends and less time in the kitchen? These quick and easy Christmas canapés are a total gift!
No party is complete without delectable finger food to accompany those Christmas cocktails. We've put together our tastiest nibbles that can be made in 10 minutes or less, to eliminate stress and release you from kitchen captivity.
Serrano-wrapped pear with goat's cheese
These fresh and fancy nibbles are simple to assemble and really look the part on a platter. All you need are four ingredients and a few cocktail sticks to create seasonal Serrano-wrapped pear with goat's cheese.
Speedy, low-fat and gluten-free, these please-all peppers are an ideal last-minute fix. Peppery rocket and grilled artichoke topped with salty feta go well with the sweetness of these tiny South American firecrackers. Pop open a jar of peppadews and you're halfway there!
Feta and cucumber bites
The king of quick canapés, cucumber bites look oh-so decorative. The fresh crunch of the cucumber combined with a creamy garlic, ricotta, dill and feta filling make these a must for your party platter.
Scandi smoked salmon
Get the 'hygge' feeling this Christmas and go Scandinavian with your sharing board. Smoked salmon is a festive classic. Add dill, crunchy red onion, punchy horseradish and a squeeze of lemon for an irresistible starter people can help themselves to. To make it even easier, your soured cream mix can be made a day ahead and chilled.
Mini salt beef bagels
If you're a fan of seriously meaty finger food, these flavour-packed bagel bites are a great addition to any party table. Pickle your radishes with vinegar and a pinch of salt in advance, then throw them together just before the guests arrive.
Spanish tomato bread with jamón Serrano
Make Spanish-style tapas in five minutes flat. The perfect accompaniment to Christmas drinks, this traditional treat is made with a quick salsa, slivers of jamón and slices of fresh baguette.
Horseradish chicken tartlets
Sure to disappear in a flash, these simple chicken tartlets can be created with ready-made croustades or mini Yorkshire puddings. Put together just before serving to avoid soggy bottoms and add a dollop of crème fraîche to the horseradish if your guests aren't keen on heat.
Creamy pesto with prosciutto dippers
This really is the easiest of assembly jobs but trust us when we say they'll be snapped up no sooner than they're on the table. Prosciutto-wrapped grissini with a pesto and cream cheese dip are the answer to your effortless canapé prayers.
Figs with prosciutto
This delicious fig starter with shavings of Parmesan and a drizzle of balsamic can be ready and plated in five minutes. The sweetness of the figs and acidity of the vinegar are a match made in heaven.
Thai spinich bites
You'll find fresh Thai flavours and crunchy chopped peanuts in these super-cute spinach bites. Ramp up the chilli and ginger for a little fire in the belly!
What's your easiest-ever canapé? Let us know in the comments below...