Recipe: Canapés: Smart Casual Canapés


Hosting a canapé party sounds VERY formal. But in reality it's just getting together with a few friends or family and offering a few bites of food to help the occasion along. Prep them way ahead and finish last minute so that you can concentrate on being a top host. If you enjoy the sound of these canapés then you'll love the 10+ other brand new ideas in our smart-casual canapés chapter.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 a pack of parma ham
  • 1 a log of crumbly goat's cheese
  • 1 dash of olive oil
  • 125 g ricotta
  • 3 Courgettes
  • 100 g parmesan
  • 1 lemon
preheat the oven

Step 1

Preheat The Oven

preheat the oven to 190°C.

Cut the potatoes

Step 2

Cut The Potatoes

peel the sweet potatoes and slice into rounds about 1cm thick and 2cm across, use a pastry cutter to make them all the same.

Season the potatoes

Step 3

Season The Potatoes

place in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking tray. brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Bake and cool

Step 4

Bake And Cool

bake the sweet potato in the oven for about 15 minutes until just soft and lightly browned. remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Top the potato

Step 5

Top The Potato

top each potato round with some folded parma ham then crumble the goat’s cheese on top of that. return to the oven for a few minutes until the cheese has slightly melted. serve warm. makes approx 16 rounds

Cut the courgettes

Step 6

Cut The Courgettes

slice the courgettes into rounds about 3cm thick. use a teaspoon to remove the courgette flesh, making sure you leave a small layer at the bottom to form a cup.

Start the filling

Step 7

Start The Filling

chop the spare courgette flesh finely and add two thirds to a mixing bowl with the ricotta.

Finish the filling

Step 8

Finish The Filling

grate the parmesan and add two thirds to the bowl of ricotta and courgette. add the zest of the lemon and mix the ingredients thoroughly and season with salt and pepper.

fill the courgettes

Step 9

Fill The Courgettes

use a teaspoon to fill each courgette cup with the mixture and level the top.

Bake the filled courgettes

Step 10

Bake The Filled Courgettes

sprinkle the tops with the remaining parmesan and place on a baking tray. bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is nicely browned and crisp.

Serve to guests!

Step 11

Serve To Guests!

Serve the two canapes together. Makes 16-18 of each.

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