The simplest way to think about canapés is to remember that all canapés are finger foods, but not all finger foods are canapés.
Canapés are, traditionally, small-bite treats made on a base of bread or crackers. Since bread is the more common foundation, it gets served either plain or toasted, often with the crusts removed. If you want a simple solution to canapé bread, try our recipe for Canapé Toast Squares. This will make everything easy as you set up the finger-food trays. The more difficult part of serving these treats is figuring out what not to make.
The options are so extensive, and so delicious, that it is difficult to keep the menu limited. Recipes like Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés, Watercress Canapés, and Asparagus-Blue Cheese Canapés all result in great small-serving bites that blend a combination of creamy, salty, and savory: some even add in just that little bit of sweetness. However you slice these appetizers, the best approach is to create the flavors of unique simple sandwiches—minus the tops—and savor the results. Remember, you might even consider Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles mini appetizers to be canapés. They're certainly not sandwiches, so we won't argue with that.