10 Best And Easy Christmas Canapes Nibbles For Your Christmas Day

Sure, over Christmas it’s the big dinners that steal the show, but let’s not forget how impressive (not to mention how fun!) it can be to put together a few clever Christmas canapes nibbles for your friends and family, to keep their taste buds on their toes before the main course. 

10 Best And Easy Christmas Canapes Nibbles For Your Christmas Day

10 Best And Easy Christmas Canapes Nibbles For Your Christmas Day

The one thing I personally look forward to on a cold Christmas night is not the warm fire, family gathering or the feeling of fleeting nostalgia… it’s knowing that the huge amount of smoked salmon in the fridge is just being spread over the fresh cream cheese & warm herb croissants. Yum!

It makes me wonder how canapés on Christmas could be considered dull? All the brilliant festive flavours come out of hiding. There’s a myriad of combinations to play around with, and that doesn’t just limit us to the supermarket standard of mulled wine, cinnamon and ‘hints’ of orange flavourings. 

Take our sticky date puddings, for example, this is a perfect example of playing with juicy flavours which have that musky brown butterscotch taste, a fruity touch of plum and a light pecan crunch to top it all off. Something this soft and sticky has no business being this indulging.

So if you are having a party during this festive season, don’t forget the canapés – they look impressive and take only a small amount of time to prepare. Nail nibbles this Christmas with these simple and stylish crowd-pleasers!

Here are a couple inspirations from our chefs around the world. If you want to see more from them, click on their name and it will get you to their profile and other menus!

Chef Sally – Beirut

A mixture of canapes which can be passed and more hearty buffet items to fill up your guests on delicious and interesting bites of food from around the globe.


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Parmesan Poppyseed Crackers

One of chef Sally’s signature snacks which is an ideal finger food to nibble on.

Butternut Squash Soup Shots with Spiced Pepitas

Little soup shots, perfect for the holiday season, with crunchy spicy roasted pumpkin seeds.

Maple Glazed Duck Breast on Sweet Potato Chips with Pomegranate and Kumquots

Crispy homemade sweet potato chips topped with thin slices of maple glazed duck breast and garnished with beautiful pomegranate seeds and kumquots.

Sea Bass Ceviche in Corn Tortilla Cups

With lots of citrus and chilies, these bites are refreshing to the palate.

Chicken, Apple, and Cheddar Empanadas

Sweet and sour delicious empanadas, the perfect tasty and filling canapé

Roasted Shrimp cocktail

An American classic with a spicy horseradish and catsup dip for these beautiful jumbo shrimp.

Heirloom Tomato Platter

Fresh heirloom tomatoes with a shallot and sherry vinegar dressing.

Fried Olives with Spicy Herb Yoghurt Dip

Green olives, coated in breadcrumbs and fried to a golden brown and served with a heady herb spice yoghurt.

Selection of holiday cookies

Your choice of 3 different classic holiday cookies to finish on a sweet note.

Chef Antonio – New York

Chef Antonio will bring Spain to your plates with his lovely tapas style canapés.

Tapas are a variety of small savory Spanish dishes, often served as a snack with drinks, or with other Tapas as a meal. To “tapear” means, going from bar to bar for drinks and tapas. Is an essential part of the social culture of Spain.

Pintxo of Spanish omelet potatoes and onions 

Pintxos are ‘finger food’, much more than tapas are. Invariably they will be served on a slice of bread and are usually cold, which makes them much like canapes.

Wonton tartlets stuffed of Russia salad

Despite the name, this is one of the most typical Spanish Tapas. It is made of potato, carrot, green peas, tuna, capers, boiled egg and olive mayonnaise.

Stuffed baked mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms with caramelized onions and raisins topped with crispy bacon are one of the most traditional Spanish appetizers.

Homemade tartlet tortilla chip with patatas bravas 

“Patatas Bravas” or Bravas Potatoes is one of the classic Spanish tapas dishes and is served in bars all over Spain.


Because you cannot go wrong with fresh meatballs in a light, tangy Tomato Sauce with Peas and Rosemary. Meatballs are often served in tapas bars as a snack or an appetizer.

Bocaditors del leche 

These bacon wrapped dates are sweet, salty and impressive on the plate, they’re most delicious when very hot.

Puff pastry empanadas filled with sardines and tomato

The Spanish empanada is one of the most popular Tapas recipes from Galicia (northern Spain).

Once you’ve amused a few bouches with these canapes, you’ll have set the bar pretty high for the rest of your Christmas cooking. And of course, all canapés should be served with champagne…So cheer up because with Christmas canapes nibbles the world is your oyster. Tag us on with anything cool you see or come up with! Happy Christmas Planning…

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