Shrimp canapés are classic party finger foods that always please a crowd! This easy entertaining recipe can be customized three ways to help your next party stand out.
Shrimp is one of my favorite foods in the entire planet, and I’m the only one in my family who eats shrimp. Do you know what that means? More for me!
It also means that any chance I get to cook with shrimp for guests, I take it. There are so many delicious, easy shrimp appetizers, shrimp side dishes, and shrimp main dishes and it makes me so happy when I get the opportunity to make a big batch for others who love shrimp as much as I do.
One party appetizer that I’ve been making for several years is a classic shrimp and cream cheese cucumber cup canapé.
What is a canapé?
When I started throwing parties in my twenties, I kept seeing three main terms being thrown about in the world of party planning: canapés, hors d’oeuvres, and appetizers. They are all, basically, the same thing and are often used interchangeably.
However, some food folks will tell you that canapés tend to refer to finger food that can be eaten in one bite. Today’s dish can definitely be considered one-bite appetizers and fast finger food. I also like the alliteration of “cream cheese cucumber canapés.”
Shrimp Cream Cheese Cucumber Canapés Two Ways
I like to make both of these versions of this super easy, fast, delicious Shrimp Cream Cheese Cucumber Canapé dish. The first uses larger shrimp and cucumber slices; the second consists of bay shrimp with cucumber cups.
Bonus: Vegetarian Option!
Another detail that I love about these canapés is that it’s so easy to make them vegetarian!
Simply leave the shrimp off. If you are making both the shrimp version and the vegetarian version, remember that some vegetarians do not eat food that has also been prepared with the same kitchen tools or on the same appliances as the meat versions, so I like to make sure I am using different knives, cutting boards, and serving trays if I offer both the seafood and the vegetarian options. Just to be safe and ensure everyone enjoys these delectable little treats!
Have you made any of these versions of shrimp and cucumber canapés before? What’s your favorite one-bite finger food at parties?