Christmas Canapés

This year I have been to several cookery courses in the demo kitchen of  Hey Pesto! in Tullamore.  Here, proprietor Yvonne Carty, runs a boutique catering company specialising in canapes, so who better to ask for some Christmas Canapé recipes?

Over to you Yvonne…..


I make a lot of canapés – both for business and home entertaining. This year I’ve been asked for easy canapé ideas at my cookery demos so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites. I hope you like them!

Mini Tartlets

I used to make my tartlets from filo pastry – a rather long process but I came across the idea for these on holidays last year and they have made my life much easier!

What you need:canapes 004 - Copy

  • a mini-muffin tray
  • a packet of wonton wrappers
  • some sunflower oil
  • a pastry brush

What you do:

  • Brush each wonton sheet with oil and mould it into the muffin tin to make a small case. (This really is so much easier to demonstrate than to explain!)
  • When you’ve filled the mini muffin tray sprinkle the cases with a little salt and bake at 200 C for 4 mins (no more, no less, trust me).
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack and then use or store in airtight container for up to 4 days.

This is what your end product should look like:


The possibilities are now endless….Some fillings I use are:

  • Avocado & crab topped with some crème fraiche and dill mustard
  • Red onion marmalade and Cooleeney brie (put in oven for minute or two to soften the cheese)
  • Inch House Black Pudding and caramelised apple
  • Prawn cocktail
  • Thai beef salad

Sticky Christmas Sausages

This is another great recipe from my favourite Christmas book ‘Nigella’s Christmas’  and the best thing is that they can be prepared in advance and frozen  – just put mix and sausages in plastic bag and take out of freezer a few hours before your guests are due!

What you need:

  • 2lbs cocktail sausages (approx. 60)
  • 125 ml Tastefully Yours sweet chilli sauce
  • 60 ml cranberry sauce
  • 60 ml soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. dark muscovado sugar
  • Juice of 1 small orange
  • Juice of 1 lime

 What you do:

  • Mix together all the ingredients except the sausages to make glaze
  • Put sausages in foil tray (much easier than cleaning a roasting tray!)
  • Pour glaze over sausages and mix to coat.
  • Cook for 20 mins then turn and cook for another 10 -20 mins until they’re hot and sticky.


Smoked Salmon/Trout Wraps

This is another quick and easy idea which doesn’t really need a recipe!

What you need:

  • Tortilla wraps (I find the Discovery ones the easiest to roll!)
  • Cream cheese
  • Some Goatsbridge Smoked Troutor some Smoked Salmon

What you do:

  • Simply ‘butter’ your tortilla wraps with the cream cheese
  • Place strips of trout or salmon on the cheese
  • Season with a little black pepper and lemon juice then roll into a ‘tube’
  • If you have time wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge to set but otherwise trim the two edges, cut wrap into three then cut each piece into two diagonally (again this is much easier to show!)
  • Other fillings which work are roasted peppers, Parma ham, pesto……..

Happy Cooking!

If you would like details on upcoming cookery classes or Hey Pesto!’s catering,  check out the Hey Pesto! website or email

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Recipes: Yvonne Carty at Hey Pesto! 

Photographs: Yvonne Carty & Paula Ryan Photography 

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