Nibbles with a Shropshire flavour

PUBLISHED: 16:14 16 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:10 20 February 2013

Nibbles with a Shropshire flavour

Nibbles with a Shropshire flavour

Impress your guests with canapés made in your kitchen from local produce

If you are entertaining over Christmas and New Year and are planning to make canaps for your guests, try using some ingredients from local producers to make them extra special.

Making canaps can be time consuming and a bit fiddly but the effort is well worth to add a touch of class to your festive gathering whether its a
pre-Christmas do or a New Years Eve party. With good organisation you can use different products to make your canaps stand out from the crowd with people leaving your party talking about how fantastic the food was. Serving them with local drinks including beer and wine and fancy cocktails is even more impressive.

Traditionally canaps were salty or spicy to encourage guests to drink more. Canap is French for sofa or couch and became a culinary term in France during the 18th century as the thin pieces of bread resembled a sofa on which the topping would sit. The word was introduced to England in the 1890s.They are also classed as hors d'oeuvres and in Italy crostini has much the same meaning.

The base of a traditional canap can be small slices of bread or toast, crackers or pastry. A savoury butter or spread is then added followed by the topping; often meat, fish, cheese, relish, caviar or foie gras. They should be decorative and small enough to be eaten in one bite. Other nibbles accepted as canaps can include skewers, the good old cocktail sausage, chicken wings, foods from other countries such as spring rolls, samosas, mini poppadoms, lamb koftas or mini versions of popular dishes like beef Wellington, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding or fishcakes. Check out our chef Eds roast beef crostinis.

9 bite-size ideas

1. Pimhill Mill at Harmer Hill make Organic Oatcakes which act as a perfect base for your canap

2. The Flavoured Butter Co. based at Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre produces a range of flavoured butters to use as a spread

3. Buy some top quality meat for your chosen canaps: try Mini Shropshire Black Ham from Dukeshill Ham Company, Telford, which is available through mail order, or sausages from Buttercross Farm Foods, Market Drayton, which has a lovely farm shop on site

4. For something unique, visit Alternative Meats website for unusual meats such as wild boar, buffalo and ostrich

5. Smoked salmon from Bings Heath Smokery near Shrewsbury is a nice treat or order your favourite fish from Fish in a Box, Newport

6. Tanatside Cheese with Cranberries or Marches Blue from Shropshire Cheese Company, Llanyblodwel, is a delicious festive cheese or try Mr Moydens Wrekin Blue

7. Heathers Harvest produces a range of chutneys ideal for adding to a canap including Beetroot and Ginger Chutney or select one from Mums Stuff, Newport

8. For a festive tipple try Ludlow Vineyards Shropshire Applejack brandy or The Wood Brewerys Christmas Cracker ale

9. For something sweet to round off the evening you can buy chocolates from Shropshire producers Bonbonniere or Beyond Dark, both in Shrewsbury, or Chocolatefarm, Ditton Priors. The Connoisseur Cake Company, Whitchurch, and The House of the Rising Bun, Newport, both make lovely cakes.

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