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May 17, 2007 08:39 AM

American-styled canapes/hors d'oeuvres?

I am currently putting together a menu of 'American' canapes/hors d'oeuvres and am looking for inspiration.
I would love some suggestions of typical modern canapes currently being served on the party scene in the States.

I look forward to many exciting ideas.


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    1. I'd say one of the most American hors d'oevres would be deviled eggs. They are very traditional, but are having a been of a renaissance here as they're modernized. You'll find tons of deviled egg recipes online; now, you'll see chefs mix in chipotle peppers, fresh herbs, horseradish, even caviar. Get creative - there are a lot of ways to change them up.

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      1. re: katecm

        Here's a v. recent thread on this subject - lots of wonderful ideas:

        1. re: MMRuth

          You might laugh - and I don't know how "fancy" these need to be - but my girlfriends insist for baby showers held in North Dakota (I'm from MN but have thrown a few up there) that pickle roll ups are essential. You take lunch meat (ham), spread with regular room temperature cream cheese and roll it around a baby dill pickle. Then you slice it coin-style and put a little toothpick in it. I have to admit - I had raised eyebrows, but seriously, they're not THAT bad.

        2. re: katecm

          Check it out - the NY Times agrees! Theirs comes with shrimp.

        3. I've also read that miniature hamburgers and pigs in the blanket are "all the rage" (or maybe were six months ago) at socialite cocktail parties and charity events, believe it or not. Finding or making miniature hamburger buns may be a pain though.

          1. Here are a few ideas:

            Smoked Salmon Cornets on Rye, Bay Scallops with Basil Dream on Rye, Cheddar and Port Wine on Toast Points, Boursin and Pecans on Rye, Turkey and Cheese on Rye, Mini-Tacos, Dried Apricots with Rum Cheese and Macadamia Nut, Ham and Cheese Pinwheels on Pumpernickel, and Genoa Salami Cornets with Dijon Cream.

            For mini-burgers, you could buy dinner rolls, and slice in half if you want them even smaller. Another popular one is water chestnuts wrapped in bacon.

            1. Crabtinis and Shrimp Cocktails
              Mini frenchdips
              Profiteroles stuffed with seafood salad, shrimp, crab and scallop
              Scallops wrapped in bacon