I think canapés are essential at a wedding as they set the scene and provide a reverend talking point, which in turn helps with the joining of two families. My top tips for choosing canapés for a summer wedding are…
- Whilst keeping your selection light, fresh and clean, your canapés still need to sustain and act as a soak up too.
- Make sure your canapés will hold up in 30 degrees (here’s hoping) – there’s nothing worse than a base that’s too soft.
- You don’t have to serve meat canapés in the summer – I often just serve a good selection of vegetarian and fish eats.
- Have fun – use combinations of Asian fusion and Mediterranean canapés, and create plenty of colour.
- Make sure you order enough canapés. Summer wedding receptions may last longer as your guests relax in the sun. I’d recommend five per person.
- Consider a gin and tonic sorbet or goats cheese ice cream – don’t be afraid to have savoury sorbet/ice creams.
- A fabulous seafood bar on ice (in the shade) makes a great alternative to passed eats.
- Supplement canapés with static nibbles to provide variety – think crudités and cheese straws.
- How about ordering a whole Serrano ham on a beautiful stand with a professional Spanish carver – heavenly.
Summer Wedding Canapé Suggestions
Here are some of my favourite summer canapés…
- Toasted brioche with smoked duck, aioli and raspberry ‘jam’
- Japanese style radish and rare beef roll-ups
- Ahi tuna with toasted black and white sesame seeds
- Quail Egg Royale – smoked salmon, quail egg, brioche and hollandaise (pictured)
- Scallop tartar, avocado and yuzu
- Parmesan cornet, salt cod mousse and avruga
- Cucumber boxes filled with a fresh salad of feta, mint and parsley, topped with shiso cress
- Tea marbled quail eggs with smoked paprika and herb mayonnaise
- Ricotta cake with slow roast tomatoes and basil
- Chilled watercress and honey soup with pumpkin seed toast
- Waffle cones of delicious sorbets
- Ginger shortbread with pickled cucumber spaghetti and Pimm’s jelly
Guest post by Julie Gray of Bovingdons
Image from Bovingdons