Clam Canapés…an easy to make appetizer recipe with a retro flair for your next cocktail party! Spend your time with your guests rather than in the kitchen…this delicious hors d’oeuvre takes only fifteen minutes to make!
The summer is prime entertaining time for my husband and I. We have a running joke with our friends that we don’t invite anyone over except in the summer. It’s for the most part true, but mostly because the rest of the year is so hectic for us with our teens’ sport seasons.
But once summer rolls around, we love to relax by the pool with friends. Cocktails, a few hors d’oeuvres, a rack (or two) of smoked ribs (my husband’s specialty) and great company are a recipe for a perfect evening!
Sometimes I like to draw my inspiration for recipes from the past. When I think of retro party food, my mind immediately goes to canapés.
The beauty of the Clam Canapés recipe I am going to share with you today is its simplicity. Whether your cocktail party is formal or casual, I think most of us would agree we’d rather spend our time with our guests rather than in the kitchen.
Canapés can be built on bread cut into thin slices or crackers, and usually include a spread, possibly another item and a garnish. With my creamy hot Clam Canapés, the spread is made from a cream cheese, clams and green onion mixture, and garnished with paprika.
I like to serve appetizers that I can make ahead of time or that take minimal prep time the day of the party to keep things as easy and simple as possible. These hot Clam Canapés are both. Making the clam and cream cheese spread only takes minutes, and it’s easy enough to prepare it the night before. The clam spread can be refrigerated until you’re ready to use it. Once the party starts, you can quickly spread a spoonful onto each bread round and broil them for three to five minutes until the cheese has melted. You’ll want to serve them while they’re hot.
My Clam Canapés are featured along with many other fabulous vintage recipes at Better Homes and Gardens’ Vintage Recipes Worth Throwing a Party For. There are so many great recipes in this collection that I am not sure what I want to make first! I hope you’ll stop over and check them out!
If you are looking for even more recipe and DIY party inspiration, Better Homes and Garden has a new magazine called Get Together! It’s packed with entertaining and party ideas as well as lots of fabulous recipes. They have some wonderfully themed party ideas, including a backyard movie night idea that I absolutely love and a puppy picnic that looks like a lot of fun as well. (We have 3 dogs that I know would enjoy that!) They also share invitation ideas, hostess gifts, party appetizers for different budgets, and so much more! My copy is practically dog-eared at this point. You can pick up your copy of Get Together at newsstands today or online HERE to help you with your party planning!
They also have some free vintage recipe cards that you can download as well. Aren’t they fun?!
- 3 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 6.5 oz can chopped clams, drained
- 1/3 cup swiss cheese, shredded
- 1 tbsp green onion, chopped (including some green parts)
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- dash of Worcestershire sauce
- dash of paprika for each bread round
- 18 sliced rounds of french baguette
- Combine all ingredients except paprika in bowl and mix well.
- Spread mixture on top of each slice of bread.
- Give each round a dash of paprika.
- Broil until cheese melts, approximately 3-5 minutes.