Whoever says the food is just about satiating the taste-buds? Ask someone who makes canapes, for instance, and you’ll understand what we mean! Assembling three totally different layers of ingredients into one bite-sized dish is not a piece of ‘canape’.
So, what’s the secret to preparing a perfect canape that not only satisfies the taste-buds but also gratifies the visual and olfactory senses? Let’s break down the four different layers that comprise a canape, and what an ideal canape catering at Melbourne should offer you:
- THE BASE: BUILDING A STRONG FOUNDATION
The foundation for a strong canape lies in its base, which should be a fine blend of firm and gentle. The most common type of canape base comprises bread in some form – toast, crisp, cracker, toasted brioche or baguette. But if you want to refrigerate your canape to be served later, bread isn’t a good idea as it might turn soggy. In such cases, a vegetable slice (potato, cucumber, beetroot, etc.) is a good alternative.
- THE BODY – THE FLAVOUR ZONE
This second layer singlehandedly enhances the entire flavour of the canape. What comprises this layer differs with each canape. If you’re looking for a classic meat canape, then beef, pork and lamb are great options. A veggie canape can comprise combinations like broad beans, tomatoes, celery etc. Chicken and prawn are great choices, too.
- THE TOPPING – LET’S GLOSS IT UP!
This layer ensures that the flavours from the second layer are further enhanced. This layer might be a simple dressing of mayonnaise, Greek yogurt or butter, or a more elaborate one made of hummus, vegetable or meat.
- THE GARNISH: LAST, BUT NOT THE LEAST!
Your canape’s appearance is just as important as the taste, which is where its garnish comes in. Typical canape garnishes may consist of celery, dill leaves, carrot, thyme sprigs and practically anything that’s visually appealing.
Ensure that the canape menu provided by your prospect canape catering service contains options for persons with dietary restrictions and a section reserved for vegetarian delights. Lastly, a complementary tangy sauce is the perfect icing to your canape!