Canapes with Garlic Herb Cream Cheese and Avocado
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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.
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 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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
Bake 5 minutes, or until they are just starting to golden. Let these cool to room temperature.
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.
Use a fork to mash together 8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup chopped dill, chopped green onion and your pressed garlic clove.
Spread enough herbed cream cheese over each canapé to generously cover the top.
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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Hi, this recipe sounds amazing and I can’t wait to make it. Is there a portion size for this recipe?
Hi Abby, you may click jump to recipe and click servings to adjust the serving size and ingredients. Hope that helps.
Hi, sounds delish, but no salt? Do you use salted butter? I ask because avocado typically needs so much salt and pepper to bring out its flavor and I only see pepper 😃
Hi Courtney, you may use salted or unsalted butter. Depends on your preference, but versions are good.
Is there a mistake in the serving size for this recipe? Does one load make 35 pieces? Most of your other canapes recipes seem to say that one loaf produced 16-20 pieces?
Thank you! I am looking forward to trying it this weekend.
Hi, Marian, that is accurate, we have them sliced relatively thin, and these baguettes are pretty long! I hope you love this recipe!
Made them for company and they were a hit 😉 also my 3rd recipe from u today haha.. my number one source! Thanks!
Again, you’re welcome Oksana! What a great compliment your review is, really!! 🙂
Just want you to know that my mouth drools every time I think about these-I love them that much! 🙂
That means I have succeeded with this recipe post 🙂 Thanks so much Agnes for your awesome feedback! 🙂
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.
In so happy to hear that! Thanks for the great review 🙂
can i substitute dill for something else? or if i won’t add the dill would it taste ok?
You can leave out the dill and it will still be ok with just the onion in there 😉
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:]
Woah!! Smoked ham and sliced cheese sound so so good! Thanks for sharing your version!
I love this recipe. I added a slice of tomatoes, it was really yummy. Thanks for the recipe
Oooh yum that sounds like a nice, fresh addition!
Just made this delicious appetizer, thanks for sharing! I love your website:]
Woot Woot! It’s also our favorite canape. The avocado just makes it all so creamy and delicious! 🙂 Thanks for the great review.
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.
I love these I can’t wait to try them!
avacado=the best stuff on Earth. Cream cheese and garlic are right there along with it. 😉
I agree, I use avocado, garlic and cream cheese all the time :).
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!!!
Welcome to the site Nadia :). I like your twist on incorporating roasted garlic instead of fresh.
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. 🙂
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!
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.
Thank you Julia ;).
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 😉
Haha, Thank you so much Lena :), we love the recipe, I will edit the recipe to include some lemon juice.
You could also put lemon juice on avocado, that would prevent browning.
Yes you can totally do that 🙂 thanks for sharing the idea!!!
These look so good
Thanks sis :).
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!
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 :).