Canapés are a big hit in every party or function. Not only are they delicious and elegant-looking, but they are also filling mouthfuls because most of them have a bread base. Canapés can also be served any time of the day. You can have them for afternoon tea and pair them with sweet items like scones and lamingtons.

Most canapés are easy to prepare and can be made ahead of time, making them the perfect cocktail food. However, if you’re serving a big crowd or corporate function, it might be best to have your canapés catered by professionals in Melbourne. This way, you can be assured of the overall quality of the food you’ll be serving, and you won’t have to worry about getting your hands dirty.

Here are six awesome canapé recipes to try for your next corporate event.

1. Baked Potato Bites

Simple yet appetizing, baked potato bites are a healthier alternative to potato fries. Use baby potatoes, cut them into half, and then balance the flavour by adding sour cream and bacon. Adding asparagus spears on top would make the canapé healthier and more appetising to guests.

2. Parmesan Onion Canapés

Add a little flavour to the usual onion rings by pairing them with parmesan cheese. To make the parmesan onion canapé, mix the onion, sour cream, parmesan cheese and mayonnaise. Top the spread with some paprika to add colour.

3. Beef and Mozzarella Meatballs

Go off the usual vegetable canapé or pastry and serve some beef and mozzarella meatballs to meat-loving guests. The best part of this appetizer is the surprise bite of cheese inside the meatballs. Prepare this dish by using ready-rolled meatballs and stuffing it with some mozzarella cheese.

4. Wasabi Shrimp With Avocado on Rice Cracker

Avocado is one of the most flavourful and healthiest spreads for canapés. Besides being the main ingredient in guacamole, an avocado spread works well with rice crackers and wasabi shrimp. This dish is perfect for guests who love spicy food. Servers just need to warn guests that the food is spicy and that there’s seafood in it in case the guest has seafood allergies.

5. Mini Brownies

Different kinds of mini snacks

The classic chocolate canapé is a perfect dessert after a series of savoury bites. Brownies are always a great choice since they have chocolate and are easy to pick up and eat. You can add nuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows into the brownie mix for even more texture and flavour.

6. Sardine Rillettes

Not a lot of people are a fan of sardines, but these scrumptious sardine rillettes could change their opinion. This tangy and creamy spread paired with crackers is made with canned sardines, cream cheese, shallots, green onions and lime juice.

Choosing canapés for parties and gatherings is a fun and stimulating exercise. You can call in and ask for a tasting where the caterer can present you with different samples and variations of canapés. With the help of professionals, preparing hundreds of canapés for vegetarians, meat-lovers and sweets-loving guests will be an easy feat to pull off.