Canapes with Garlic Herb Cream Cheese and Avocado

The herbed cream cheese infused with a little garlic makes for an amazing spread for crostini. Top with avocado and you have a very impressive little tea sandwich.

My cousin Lena shared a photo of these (her favorite canapés) on Instagram and I couldn’t resist trying out the recipe. You know Lena from other recipes on this blog such as her Meatballs in a cream sauce (Tefteli), or the ridiculously amazing Creamy Cauliflower soup with shrimp, and not to mention her Chebureki recipe that you all rave about and have pinned over 500 times; no big deal ;). Yeah it’s the same Lena.

In leu of cream cheese, you can also use Boursin cheese to kick the flavor up a notch. If you’re using cream cheese like we did; don’t forget the garlic (I am telling you this because we forgot the garlic the first time :-O). I like love garlic. The trick is to be a discreet garlic lover and never chomp down on garlic before social functions; you will lose friends.

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Ingredients for Tea Sandwiches:

1 French baguette (you can also use sourdough or any kind of baguette really)
2 Tbsp Melted butter for toasting the bread
8 oz cream cheese, preferably softened
1/4 cup of chopped dill, finely chopped (plus more to garnish)
2 green onion stalks, finely chopped; you can garnish with onion too
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 avocado
1 lemon (to keep avocado from browning)
Freshly ground black pepper

How to Make Canapes:

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
1. Slice the bread into 1/3-inch slices (cut on the diagonal if it’s a very small baguette to get bigger slices).  Place them on a baking sheet and lightly brush both sides with melted butter.

2. Bake 5 minutes, or until they are just starting to golden. Do the ”poke” test with your finger to make sure they are still soft in the center. Let these cool to room temperature. It’s ok if they are still a little warm when spreading.

Toppings:

Cut your avocado in half, remove the pit, spoon the avocado flesh out of the shell and cut avocado into slices. Finely dice both onions and chop 1/4 cup of fresh dill.

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3. Use a fork to mash together 8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup chopped dill (fresh or frozen), chopped green onion and your pressed garlic clove (I’m way too lazy to finely chop garlic. I love my OXO Garlic Press).

4. Spread enough herbed cream cheese over each canapé to generously cover the top.

5. Top canapés with avocado slices and squeeze a few drops of lemon juice over each avocado slice (to keep from browning), then sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with dill and green onion and you’re done! It’s best fresh but tastes great even after refrigeration.

Canapes with Garlic Herb Cream Cheese and Avocado

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
The herbed cream cheese infused with a little garlic makes for an amazing spread. Top with avocado and you have a very impressive little tea sandwich.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Servings: 35 +- canapes

Ingredients

  • 1 French baguette
  • 2 Tbsp Melted butter for toasting the bread
  • 8 oz cream cheese preferably softened
  • 1/4 cup of chopped dill finely chopped
  • 2 green onion stalks finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon - to keep avocado from browning
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Slice the bread into 1/3-inch slices (cut on the diagonal if it's a very small baguette to get bigger slices). Place them on a baking sheet and lightly brush both sides with melted butter.
  2. Bake 5 minutes, or until they are just starting to golden. Let these cool to room temperature.
  3. Toppings: Cut your avocado in half, remove the pit, spoon the avocado flesh out of the shell and cut avocado into slices. Finely chop both green onions and 1/4 cup of fresh dill.
  4. Use a fork to mash together 8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup chopped dill, chopped green onion and your pressed garlic clove.
  5. Spread enough herbed cream cheese over each canapé to generously cover the top.
  6. Top canapés with avocado slices and squeeze a couple drops of lemon juice over the avocado slices (this keeps the avocado from browning), then sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with dill and green onion and you're done! It's best fresh but tastes great even after refrigeration.

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  • Oksana
    January 25, 2017

    Made them for company and they were a hit 😉 also my 3rd recipe from u today haha.. my number one source! Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 25, 2017

      Again, you’re welcome Oksana! What a great compliment your review is, really!! 🙂 Reply

  • Agnes
    April 17, 2015

    Just want you to know that my mouth drools every time I think about these-I love them that much! 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 17, 2015

      That means I have succeeded with this recipe post 🙂 Thanks so much Agnes for your awesome feedback! 🙂 Reply

  • Anastasia
    August 31, 2014

    These turned out to be so yummy. I love avocado and will make sure to make it again. My guests went crazy over it last night. Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 31, 2014

      In so happy to hear that! Thanks for the great review 🙂 Reply

  • Alyanka
    April 25, 2014

    can i substitute dill for something else? or if i won’t add the dill would it taste ok? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 25, 2014

      You can leave out the dill and it will still be ok with just the onion in there 😉 Reply

  • Ally C.
    January 1, 2014

    I made this recipe for New Year’s Eve, it turned out so good! I also added smoked ham and sliced cheese from the Euro store. Yummy! Thanks for sharing Natasha:] Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 1, 2014

      Woah!! Smoked ham and sliced cheese sound so so good! Thanks for sharing your version! Reply

      • olya
        April 12, 2014

        I love this recipe. I added a slice of tomatoes, it was really yummy. Thanks for the recipe Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 13, 2014

          Oooh yum that sounds like a nice, fresh addition! Reply

  • Ally C.
    December 26, 2013

    Just made this delicious appetizer, thanks for sharing! I love your website:] Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2013

      Woot Woot! It’s also our favorite canape. The avocado just makes it all so creamy and delicious! 🙂 Thanks for the great review. Reply

  • July 24, 2013

    Natasha, a client we met from Asia would surely be delighted on this recipe, as there’s an avocado tree in his backyard. Would definitely suggest this recipe to him. Reply

  • Emma
    March 22, 2013

    I love these I can’t wait to try them! Reply

  • March 19, 2013

    avacado=the best stuff on Earth. Cream cheese and garlic are right there along with it. 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 19, 2013

      I agree, I use avocado, garlic and cream cheese all the time :). Reply

  • nadia
    March 19, 2013

    Hi Natasha, thanks for wonderful recipes (i’m new to your site). Tried these canapes with 3 cloves of roasted garlic (just roasted it whole in skins in the pan for about 10-15min) since i’m not crazy about garlic breath from any members of my family! Tasted very very good!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 19, 2013

      Welcome to the site Nadia :). I like your twist on incorporating roasted garlic instead of fresh. Reply

  • March 17, 2013

    looks so delicious,.. like a crostini. love that you used cream cheese instead of goat cheese, i hate goat cheese. i’ve seen similar recipes that require goat cheese. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 17, 2013

      I always have cream cheese in the fridge, very versatile cheese in my house :). Cream cheese is definitely easier to find and way less spendy. I agree; it tastes much better too! Reply

  • March 16, 2013

    I love garlic and eat it raw, in private, with my beet salad :). These little appetizers look lovely, I always look for more recipes to use avocados because it’s difficult sometimes to come up with ways to use them other than in guacamole and salads. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 17, 2013

      Thank you Julia ;). Reply

  • Lena
    March 15, 2013

    haha Natasha you are too much, thanks, where do i leave my autograph lol? yeh dont forget a few drops of lemon juice on top of avocado 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2013

      Haha, Thank you so much Lena :), we love the recipe, I will edit the recipe to include some lemon juice. Reply

  • Elena
    March 15, 2013

    You could also put lemon juice on avocado, that would prevent browning. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2013

      Yes you can totally do that 🙂 thanks for sharing the idea!!! Reply

  • Sveta
    March 15, 2013

    These look so good Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2013

      Thanks sis :). Reply

  • vikulya
    March 14, 2013

    These cute little guys look yummy:-)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Will the avocado turn darker if it will sit a little while on the table?
    Blessings to your family! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 15, 2013

      Eventually they will. Covering with plastic wrap will keep avocado green for much longer. Being exposed to air, makes them to turn brown. If making them for the party, I would recommend to bring the whole avocado or two with you and add it on top of the canapes before serving :). Reply

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