Canada Day is quickly approaching and what better way to celebrate than with a spread of delicious appetizers? Not only are they easy to make but these recipes are also full of diverse flavours and ingredients to keep you and your guests interested. All of the ingredients are available at Rabba Fine Foods for you Toronto readers but should be available at most major grocery stores across the country. All six of the appetizer recipes are inspired by Canadian flavours so you can expect to find some maple and bacon!
Here are 6 easy Canada Day appetizers
Maple Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
This easy appetizer is full of Atlantic flavours combined with smoky maple bacon. All you have to do is wrap the shrimp with smoky bacon and glaze them with sweet maple syrup. Then, bake them in the oven until the bacon is crispy and the shrimp are cooked.
Canadian Cheese & Fruit Board
Would this even be an appetizer recipe list if we didn’t include a board? Since Canada is known for its cheese-making tradition and abundant fresh produce, start by placing a variety of Canadian cheese along the board (think cheddar, brie, goat) and pair them with seasonal fruits like strawberries, grapes and fresh apple slices. You really can’t go wrong here!
Mini Poutine Bites
It doesn’t get more Canadian than poutine, right? To put a creative spin on this classic, you can make some mini poutine bites (everyone will love these)! Start by filling small oven-safe cups or muffin tines with crispy fries, cheese curds and gravy then bake until the cheese is melted and the gravy is bubbling.
Canadian Salsa Skewers
Skewers are always a hit for a gathering. Start by threading cherry tomatoes, mini bocconcini cheese balls and diced red and green peppers onto a skewer with alternating colours. Then simply drizzle with zesty lime and maple dressing for some added flavour. Simple and delicious!
Canadian Bacon and Cheese Sliders
Everyone loves a good burger and sliders are even harder to keep on the table! If you’re ready to become everyone’s favourite host, you’ll want to make these bad boys. Start by layering Canadian bacon, cheese, and a tangy sauce between mini burger buns. Bake until the cheese is melted and the buns are lightly toasted. Add any toppings you like!
Nanaimo Bar Bites
No spread would be complete without a sweet treat! Create some bite-sized Nanaimo bars by layering a graham cracker crust, custard and chocolate ganache in small cupcake liners. Then let them set in the fridge and serve!