Canapé is a type of hors d’œuvre or French appetizer that usually comes in small, decorative and finger-sized bites. This type of dish which is also known as tartina in Italy can also be referred to as a finger food but not all finger foods are canapés. The word "canapé" means couch or sofa in French. This draws a resemblance that garnish sits on top of a base food, usually a bread, as people do on a sofa. Traditionally, canapé has four layers or composition. First is the base which is usually a stale white bread thinly sliced into geometric shapes, and toasted, sautéed or fried until golden and crispy. Other than bread, crackers may also be used as a food base. Second is the layer of spread, either butter or cream cheese, which should complement with the flavor of the third layer which is composed of any savory piece of food such as cheese, meat, ham, fish or foie gras. Lastly is the garnish to make the dish more decorative, flavorful and inviting. Common choices of garnish are caviar, herbs, chopped vegetables, scallions and truffle oil.
|The word "canapé" means couch or sofa in French.|
Recently, the Foodies+, my favorite community in G+, launched a series of month-long activities where each member should post a recipe or two following the theme for the month. From tapas for the month of July, we jumped to canapés for the entire month of August. The members were able to showcased their creativity with their amazing and wonderful renditions. I might be a little late for the party but better be late than never!
|These Asian-inspired starters are so tasty and very easy to make.|
As my personal contribution, I made my own version of Crispy Wonton Canapés. The dish is made from crispy-fried wonton wrappers which served as the base crackers. I top them with a thin layer of garlic-mayonnaise spread, the same dip I used in my calamares tapas. From then, I prepared three kinds of main toppings to choose from – sliced cheese, sautéed tuna flakes and stir-fried corned beef. I decorated each mouthful with a basil leaf and a slice of tomato. These Asian-inspired starters are so tasty and very easy to make. The good thing about wonton crackers is that they can be kept long without compromising their crunchiness, and they can be eaten as they are just like ordinary crackers – only more savory and more crispy-thin in the simplest sense. Another thing, of course, is that they are also versatile as you can use any toppings as you desire.
Crispy Wonton Canapés
Number of Servings: 10 to 15
For the wonton crackers
- 20-30 pcs. wonton wrappers
- paprika powder to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup cooking oil
For the toppings
- 150 grams tuna flakes in oil, drained and set aside the oil for sautéing
- 150 grams corned beef
- cheese, thinly sliced into strips
- 2 tbsps. butter
- 1 large white onion, finely chopped and divided into two
- 8 cloves garlic, minced and divided into two
- 3 pcs. medium-sized tomatoes, finely chopped and divided into two
- 2 pcs. small tomatoes, thinly sliced into wedges
- store-bought or homemade garlic-mayonnaise dip (see recipe here)
- 20-30 pcs basil leaves
Crispy fry the wonton wrappers
- Sprinkle the wonton wrappers with paprika powder. In a frying pan, heat the cooking oil on medium to low heat. Fry the wonton wrappers until brown and crispy.
- Transfer the fried wonton wrappers on paper towel to drain excess oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper while still hot. Set aside.
Prepare the toppings
- Prepare the garlic-mayo dip. Set aside.
- Heat the leftover tuna oil. Sauté the first batch of onion, garlic and tomatoes until fragrant and limp. Add the drained tuna flakes and cook for about five minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
- Sauté in butter the second batch of garlic, onion and tomatoes. Add the corned beef and cook until well done. Set aside.
Make the canapés
- Spread a small dollop of garlic-mayo on top of fried wonton wrapper.
- Top It with choice of toppings from cheese, sautéed tuna and garlic.
- Garnish the canapés with basil leaves and sliced tomatoes. Serve and enjoy!
TIPS FROM ENZ:
- The wonton crackers are quite versatile so you can prepare additional and different toppings as you wish.