Simple yet lively canapes to spice up your summer hosting

When the sun is shining and you have a glass of fizz in hand, there's no time to stop for a full-on, sit-down meal.

We much prefer something dainty to nibble on while we natter away the warm hours in the garden. So why not give these incredibly simple recipes a go.

Here, OK! shares with you the tastiest, bite-sized canapes that will wow your guests for any special occasion this summer. They look so fancy you'll fool guests into thinking you've spent hours prepping, but in reality they're very easy and super quick to make for even the most amateur of chefs.

Crayfish cocktail blinis

Smothered with lovely fresh flavours, these petite pieces are thoroughly delectable

Serves 12 – 15


  • Store-bought blinis
  • 75g sour cream
  • Fresh chives, chopped
  • Cucumber, diced
  • A pack of fresh crayfish
  • Caviar
  • Fresh dill


Tip: Prawns, which might be more readily available to buy in-store, make an excellent alternative to crayfish.

Smoked salmon on rye

These canapés are salty, smoky and creamy – ideal with a glass of something crisp and white

Serves 12 -25


  • Dark rye bread
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 150g smoked salmon
  • Fresh cucumber, cut into ribbons
  • Fresh dill
  • Fresh black pepper


Tip: Try ribbons of sweet carrot instead of smoked salmon to create a similar, but vegetarian, colour palette.

Fig, goat's cheese and honey crackers

These little beauties melt in the mouth and pair beautifully with a glass of something fizzy

Serves 8 – 12


  • Seeded crackers
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 150g soft goat’s cheese
  • 8-10 figs
  • Smooth honey
  • Fresh mint leaves


Tip: Try switching goat’s cheese for a flavoured cream cheese.


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