Easy bruschetta Spread store-bought baguette slices with garlic butter. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and toast in a 375F (190C) oven. Top with store-bought bruschetta mixture from your supermarket deli cart.
Buffet antipasti On a large platter, arrange rows of marinated peppers, mushrooms, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, slices of prosciutto and salami, melon balls and dolmas (grape leaves stuffed with rice or meat). Serve with sliced Italian bread.
Holiday wraps Mix 1 tbsp (15 mL) of wasabi paste (available at Asian supermarkets or the sushi counter of your grocery store) with 1/2 cup (125 mL) of mayonnaise. Spread thinly on tortillas and top with slices of deli roast beef. Roll, then slice into rounds. Or try seafood salad with coriander, smoked salmon cream cheese topped with a handful of baby spinach leaves, or smoked turkey and roasted red pepper strips.
No-carb canapés Top cucumber slices with a spoonful of bottled antipasto, or a slice of smoked salmon and a sprig of dill.
Cheese crunches Fill celery sticks with spreadable cream cheese and top with chopped dried figs, dried cranberries or apricots.
Spicy chicken drumettes Toss chicken wing drumettes – available in your grocery store’s meat department – with green, jalapeno-flavoured Tabasco sauce. Roll in sesame seeds and bake in a 375F (190C) preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes.