Fuss-Free Canapés & Entertaining | Melissa Hemsley
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Fuss-Free Canapés & Entertaining


Fuss-Free Canapés & Entertaining


Canapés can be a really fun way to get creative in the kitchen and keep guests busy too. They don’t need to be stressful or dreaded when it comes to entertaining. Prepping in advance and using ingredients you’ve probably already got at home can wow guests and let you enjoy your party too. So here are a few of my favourite recipes both sweet and savoury for fuss-free festive feasting…

Buckwheat Blinis with Beetroot Tahini

As always, the season inspires what I want to eat, so beetroot plays a starring role in these miniature pancakes which you can prep in advance and leave to chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

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Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds

If you’re looking for new ways to add some veggies in at home, try these sweet potato rounds. Slice up a sweet potato, pop them in the oven and they make the most delicious base for whatever topping takes your fancy.

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Chickpea Fries with Sage & Parmesan

These chickpea fries from my cookbook Eat Green are inspired by Panisse (a popular snack from Provence, France) and make the most delicious canapés too! Serve as they are with crispy sage and parmesan or serve with your favourite dip.
Get the recipe in Eat Green.

The Fuss-Free Party Platter

Not technically a Canapé but this fuss-free version definitely hits the spot when it comes to entertaining. When you want to WOW your guests but haven’t got time to cook or prep, a festive grazing board is just the ticket for keeping things stress free for YOU. Get inspired & create your own platter for minimal effort but maximum results.
Get inspired here.

Chocolate and Pistachio Dipped Apples

These chocolate & pistachio dipped apples are SO easy and hit the spot when you need something a little sweet after a meal or for a snack. They’re good fun to get kids involved with and a great way to use up apples.

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Chocolate & Orange Tahini Bites

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These tasty sweets are perfect served with coffee after dinner. As they’re made in a baking tin, you can slice them up as small as you like for bitesized delights.
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Fruity Chocolate Dippers

These easy little guys hit the spot every time. Simply melt your favourite fair trade chocolate, dip in segments of satsuma or clementine then sprinkle a tiny little bit of sea salt on top & a few chopped pistachios or nuts or seeds if you’re feeling fancy. Chill in the fridge/freezer until set, et voila!

Happiness Balls

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No party is complete without my Happiness Balls! So easy to make and great to get kids involved too. I also love making these and gifting them to friends and family. Roll them in anything you have at home that might need using up or get creative.
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Chocolate Coconut Clusters

My *Chocolate Coconut Clusters* from my cookbook ‘Eat Happy’ are perfect to make with kids… be big or little! These quick little clusters are just four ingredients and are deliciously moreish. Make them bitesize for a show stopping canape. They can be kept in the fridge and enjoyed throughout the week so you always have a little chocolate love to hand. Look out for fairtrade chocolate too!
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Sticky Spicy Salty Nuts

These deliciously moreish *sticky spicy salty sweet nuts* were created as a super snack for my good friend Gary Barlow, to celebrate his triumphant “Night at The Museum Show”. These take no time at all so easily satisfy and make them with whatever nuts and seeds you have at home; anything goes!
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Orange & Pomegranate Fizz

A festive tipple is always needed and this one can be turned into a mocktail whilst keeping the flavour. If you’re after a cocktail, it might be nice to swap the prosecco for a shot of vodka instead if you like and top up with sparkling water.
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  • Judith Shah
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