Typically, canapés are small pieces of bread cut into pretty shapes and topped with any number of ingredients to create a perfect one-bite treat. To save time, buy cocktail rounds or cocktail breads in white, rye, or pumpernickel. These tiny loaves are already cut to the ideal canapé proportions. If you don’t have cocktail bread, just use a cookie cutter to cut out your favorite shapes.
- 1 package white-bread cocktail rounds
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 medium cucumber, finely diced
- 1 small sweet pickle, finely diced
- Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 1 tablespoon cream cheese
- 1 scallion, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush 20 cocktail rounds with butter on one side, and sprinkle each round with a pinch of garlic powder. Place the rounds on a baking sheet and toast for 3 minutes or until golden.
In a small bowl, combine the diced cucumber and sweet pickle. Season with salt if necessary (the pickle will already add a measure of saltiness). Spoon the cucumber-and-pickle mixture onto a paper towel to drain.
In another bowl, combine the sour cream, cream cheese, and scallions. Spread each cocktail round with the cream-cheese mixture, and top with a small spoonful of the cucumber mix.