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This is a party-size carrot and cheese spread recipe that will make your guests wanting more. Spread it on canapes, melt the cheese and enjoy.

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Tea sandwiches (crostini) are perfect for any occasion and people can’t seem to stay away from them. The inspiration for the carrot and cheese spread comes from something we tried at a Russian restaurant. I wanted to make my own version and I must say it turned out great.

This is a party-size recipe and it refrigerates really well if you don’t use it all in one swoop or you can cut it in half to feed a smaller crowd. The canapes are especially amazing when broiled just until the cheese melts; lots of gooey cheese in this recipe!

Ingredients for Russian Carrot and Cheese Spread:

4-5 medium cooked carrots (1.5 to 2 cups grated)
2 cups mozzarella cheese, finely grated
2 cups medium cheddar cheese, finely grated
3 medium/large cloves of garlic, pressed
1 cup real mayonnaise

Other things you will need to make canapes:
2-3 long baguettes (P.S. for parties, save some time by buying pre-sliced baguettes!)


You have to try these Carrot and Cheese Crostini when they come out of the oven and the cheese is hot. Incredible! @NatashasKitchen

How to Make Carrot and Cheese Spread:

1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add carrots, cover and boil 12-15 minutes or until they are firm-tender. You don’t want them to get too squishy or they’ll be difficult to grate.

2. Remove carrots from water and allow them to cool while prepping other ingredients. Once carrots aren’t too hot to handle, peel the skin and grate on the larger holes. Place into a mixing bowl.

3. Grate mozzarella and cheddar cheese on the fine grater and add to the bowl.Β Add 1 cup mayo and pressed garlic thenΒ stir to combine. You may add more/less mayo or garlic in accordance with your taste buds but I thought this was perfect.

Carrot and Cheese Spread @NatashasKitchen
Carrot and Cheese Spread @NatashasKitchen

Assembling Carrot and cheese canapky (canapes):

Spread over baguette slices and enjoy.

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Ok, here is an amazing tip! Try baking the finished canapes at 350˚ F for 8 minutes or until the tops are golden. The cheese melts and the garlic seems to have a little less bite. Oh my goodness! It’s goodness for sure!

You have to try these Carrot and Cheese Crostini when they come out of the oven and the cheese is hot. Incredible! @NatashasKitchen

Carrot and Cheese Spread

4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This is a party-size carrot and cheese spread recipe that will make your guests wanting more. Spread it on canapes, melt the cheese and enjoy.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$7
Servings: 3 cups of spread

Ingredients

  • 4-5 medium carrots 1.5 to 2 cups grated
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese finely grated
  • 2 cups medium cheddar cheese finely grated
  • 3 medium/large cloves of garlic pressed
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise

Other things you will need to make canapes:

  • 2-3 long baguettes

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add carrots, cover and boil 15 minutes.
  2. Remove carrots from water and allow them to cool while prepping other ingredients. Once carrots aren't too hot to handle, peel the skin and grate on the larger grater. Place into a mixing bowl.
  3. Grate mozzarella and cheddar cheese on the fine grater. Add to the bowl.
  4. Then add 1 cup real mayo and add pressed garlic. Stir to combine everything.

Assembling Carrot and cheese canapky (canapes)

  1. Spread about 1 Tbsp on each baguette and enjoy!
  2. Try baking the finished canapes at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes or until the tops are golden. The cheese melts and the garlic seems to have a little less bite. Oh my goodness! It's goodness for sure!

Recipe Notes

Try putting the finished product under the broiler for 5 minutes or until the tops are just golden. The cheese melts and the garlic seems to have a little less bite.

 

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You have to try these Carrot and Cheese Crostini when they come out of the oven and the cheese is hot. Incredible! @NatashasKitchen

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  • Rachel
    April 30, 2019

    Can I peel the carrots before boiling them? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 1, 2019

      Hi Rachel, from my research keeping the skin on boiling them in their original state makes them taste better. Keeping that on also helps with the carrots texture. Reply

  • Mary
    April 12, 2019

    For a party size of 40- would this recipe be enough or double/triple it? Reply

    • Natasha
      April 13, 2019

      Hi Mary, I would double the recipe for that many people. I hope you love the spread! Reply

  • Serge Melnikoff
    October 27, 2018

    My ex-wife introduced me to this. Great recipe. Always a crowd favorite…even with Americans. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 27, 2018

      I’m so happy you like it Serge! Thank you for the great review! Reply

  • Lily
    August 21, 2017

    Amazing recipe. So easy and so good. Everyone loved it at my party. I had left over bacon bits that I added, and that may have added a new dimension to the flavor. I made these before without the bacon and still they were phenomenal. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 21, 2017

      Lily, thank you for the wonderful review and thank you for making it 😬 Reply

  • Tanushka
    December 23, 2016

    After reading all of these awesome reviews, i am making these kanapki and the smoked Gouda cheese one for the party i am going to!!
    question for you Natasha, can i buy the shredded mozarella and cheddar from trader joes to save the time, or you know that grating it fresh will make it even better?
    AND THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORKβ™₯β™₯β™₯ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 23, 2016

      Yes, you can definitely buy pre-shredded cheese to make it easier :). I hope you love this recipe!:) Reply

      • Tanushka
        December 23, 2016

        I will let u know Sunday morning :)) can’t wait to do it!!!! Reply

      • Tanushka
        January 1, 2017

        I made these twice already!! Last week and yesterday and the comments of how good these are only get louder!! People even wanted more! I guess next time i will be making 6 baguettes!! :)) THANK YOU Natashenka for such easy and amazing recipe!! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          January 2, 2017

          Wow! This is so nice to hear Tanushka! Thank you so much! Reply

  • Mary
    November 11, 2016

    hi natasha, can i somehow turn this into a make ahead recipe? maybe can i boil the carrots day before and then mix in the mayo in the morning? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 11, 2016

      Hi Mary, you can make the entire spread ahead of time, even several days in advance and use it when ready πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Mary
        November 21, 2016

        Would i add in the mayo ahead of time also? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          November 21, 2016

          Yes πŸ™‚ Reply

  • victoria ross
    December 29, 2015

    These are my staple party favourite. The fussiest of kids and adults devour them! and getting some extra veg into the kids without them noticing is great. I use softer bread than french sticks as its easier for little ones and really older ones and always put under the grill. Thank you Natasha love your recipes and instructions are really clear! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 29, 2015

      Thank you for such a nice review Victoria and for the compliment 😁. Reply

  • Christina
    December 10, 2015

    I made these for a party I literally could not stop eating them. The are so crunchy, delicious and wonderful! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 10, 2015

      Christina, I’m so happy you loved it, thank you for the great review πŸ˜€. Reply

  • Viktoriya
    October 26, 2015

    Hi Natasha,
    Would the canapΓ©s still taste good cold after they’ve been broiled? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 26, 2015

      Hi Viktoriya, they are good at room temp after being under the broiler. You can also reheat them in the oven if you want them warm. Reply

  • Inna
    August 31, 2015

    How do u measure cheese,in measuring cup once its already grated????? Or by oz before grated??? ☺️Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 31, 2015

      Hi Inna :). I measured after it’s already grated. Reply

  • Nadia
    April 13, 2015

    Made those last night for late dinner snack and everyone loved them! So easy to make and oh so delicious! Of course had a request for another batch this morning lol Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 13, 2015

      You know it’s good when it’s requested again the next day! πŸ™‚ That’s awesome πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Annie
    March 31, 2015

    Looks Delish!!! Can i cut the recipe in half? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 1, 2015

      Yes, absolutely! You can cut all the ingredients in half and it will still work great πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Lauren
    January 20, 2015

    This pregnant mamma wanted some hot canapΓ©s with her coffee for breakfast and guess what?… These hit the spot like no other… I put one garlic clove because this baby doesn’t enjoy garlic and they were still so delicious! Also there was a lot of left over so I put it in a bowl and refrigerated it for later so when the kiddos went to bed this pregnant lady went and made anothe batch to enjoy with tea… Love how you can make a huge batch and just make several canapΓ©s at a time and refrigerate the rest and make more when your soul desires some! πŸ™‚ So nummy!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2015

      Congratulations on being prego! πŸ™‚ How far along are you? I’m so happy this recipe satisfied a craving for you πŸ™‚ Reply

  • dina
    December 15, 2014

    yum looks good! have you tried putting grated boiled eggs?sooo good Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 15, 2014

      Dina, I haven’t tried them on this recipe but they would make a great topping :). I did use them on this CanapΓ©s recipeReply

  • Inna
    November 1, 2014

    So is it best to bake them or just broil for couple minutes?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2014

      I bake for 8 minutes and its’ just enough to melt the cheese. You could broil them but keep a close eye on them so they don’t scorch. Reply

  • Inna
    November 1, 2014

    How do u measure 2cups of cheese? Once its already shredded?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2014

      Yes, once it is shredded. You usually get 2 cups shredded cheese from 8 oz of cheese. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2014

      Yes, once it is shredded. You usually get 2 cups shredded cheese from 8 oz of cheese. Reply

  • Annie
    October 21, 2014

    Hi, this looks great! Can i store the left over spread in jars? How long will it last for? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 21, 2014

      You can refrigerate leftover spread. I think it would last about a week in the refrigerator. You can keep it in jars, tupperware, anything really. Reply

  • galina
    August 9, 2014

    Hey Natasha, these look great, do you think I can prepare the mixture today in the evening and refrigerate it over night and bake them tomorrow for lunch? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 9, 2014

      Yes that would work great! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • lyuda
    May 7, 2014

    Can these be reheated in a microwave later or would they end up soggy? We’re having a party at work and I’m trying to choose recipes that would be delicious eaten either cold or rewarmed in a microwave (another nurse here). I was thinking these, your tefteli in sauce recipe, pelmeni/vareniki, and I’m undecided between the raspberry apricot cheesecake or medovik cake…. suggestions? All your recipes look awesome! πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 7, 2014

      Hmmm…. well, the spread will be good warm or cold. If taking it to work, you might go easy on the garlic and just serve it in a a bowl along-side the pieces of bread so people can assemble their own canapes. The tefteli in sauce would reheat well. Pelmeni/vareniki might not be the best idea; they don’t microwave as well as they reheat on the pan. Also, I’m thinking that pelmeni burps might not be the best for work – you know exactly what I mean πŸ˜‰ lol. The medovik cake would last longer at room temperature. Reply

      • Lyuda
        May 7, 2014

        Ok true, I forgot about pelmeni burps lol. The nurses wanted to try some Slavic food and I of course wanted to do my favorite recipes. What are a couple salads you would recommend that would go well with other dishes that people might bring in that aren’t Slavic? Thanks for all the planning help! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Nata
    May 1, 2014

    These are a gem πŸ™‚ Don’t skimp on the garlic people! Great recipe Nat! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2014

      I agree; I love me some garlic (although it’s best not to eat these right before church – lol). Thanks so much for a great review! Reply

  • katrina
    March 12, 2014

    Hi where do u buy ur bread and whats the name cuz i’ve tried making those with other bread and it would get hard and crispy Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 12, 2014

      This was a thin french bread from Fred Meyer. I usually buy the baguettes at Fred Meyer. Reply

  • Tanya
    March 9, 2014

    Thank you sweetheart for this wonderful recepie!!! Every time I have gests over I make them!!! First thing that is gone are this kanapki!!!:) then they ask for recepi!!!:))) Also every time our family’s get together, gess what they ask me to make??? Of course this buterbrodi!!! Thank you so much for sharing and God bless you and family!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 9, 2014

      That’s so awesome!! I just re-made this same recipe a couple days ago to re-photograph it. I feel like the pics are a little sad looking and so it doesn’t get the attention it should. Thanks so much for your fantastic feedback! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Mila
    November 20, 2013

    Natasha, I made this for work today for our team’s potluck and they were yummy. I had to serve them cold (but I did have them in oven to melt the cheese a bit) but there were still very delicious. I did use store bought shredded cheese to save some time. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2013

      You are welcome Mila and thank you for a good report :). Reply

  • Tanya
    November 8, 2013

    Thank u Natasha for this wonderful recepi!!! Everybody loved it especially my hubby and son!!! God bless and thank u for sharing!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 8, 2013

      Awesome!!!! Did you put them in the oven or serve them cold? Reply

  • Vita
    October 4, 2013

    You can also try this not in the oven, just fry the carrots with some oil then cool in fridge, when cool mix in the cheese and mayo and galic and spread on bread, add some green onion for color:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 4, 2013

      Yum! Yum! Thanks for sharing your version. I love to hear how other people make their variations of dishes! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • MR
    September 27, 2013

    My mom makes this spread and she also adds “Shproti” on top. Very yummy. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 27, 2013

      Oooh Shproti πŸ™‚ Does she toast hers? Reply

  • olga
    September 11, 2013

    If I make these and then want to eat them in say, 4 hours? what would you suggest doing? Is it possible to prepare the mixture and then add to the bread and then serve, or could i reheat the already made ones when the time came up to eat em? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 11, 2013

      You could do it either way. Put the finished ones under the broiler a little but to melt the cheese. So good! Reply

  • Diana
    August 28, 2013

    All I can say is who needs meat sandwiches when you have these babies!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 28, 2013

      It’s hard to stop once you start eating them :). Reply

  • Vita
    February 12, 2013

    Made this yesterday with fresh carrots. Let me tell you, it was the bomb! Had it both broiled and regular. Love this recipe so much. Easy and delish. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 12, 2013

      Awesome, I’m glad you love the recipe :). Reply

  • Mariana
    February 8, 2013

    These are delicious!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2013

      I’m glad you liked the recipe :). Reply

  • Irina
    December 24, 2012

    Oh goodness!!! These hit the spot! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 24, 2012

      You are welcome Irina πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Dina
    September 15, 2012

    I was nervous about making this for my husband birthday party without trying it before. I made it any and so glade I did this is my now one of the favorite appetizer. My family and in laws loved it, thank you for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 16, 2012

      I’m so glad that your family loved it, you are very welcome πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Kristina
    May 29, 2012

    Hello Natashinka! so i finally made it back to your site but guess what? i’ve been making bunch of stuff just without telling you how it went…. but now i will tell you it all right here!
    i had my 21st bday on April 27th so for my party i invited a ton of youth and we decided to serve very few things instead of the usual 17 salads, macaroni, mashed potatoes, salyonoye, cheeses and salamis, fish and myaso and podliva and so on…. we did the Chicken Shishkabobs with mushrooms and zuccini, Carrot and Cheese sandwiches, buffalo chicken dip, spinach and strawberry salad and grilled potatoes and for the desserts- fruit and cake Spartak and Korolevskiy. they. were. a. HIT! all everyone kept talking about was the chicken and how yummy it was and the cakes “wow they look so professional and they taste amazing, where did you buy them?!” hehe πŸ™‚ so thank you thank you thank you for your awesome blog and God bless you and your hubby and your kiddo and family and everyone!!! πŸ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2012

      That’s so awesome!! Sounds like a delicious menu and you sound like quite a cook! Thanks for letting me know. Your comment made me smile big πŸ˜€ Reply

    • Mary
      April 13, 2019

      Would you bake these for 8 mins and then broil them? Or choose one or the other? Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        April 13, 2019

        You can choose either one Mary. Reply

  • alyonka
    April 7, 2012

    I just made it and my 2 year old loved it….. thankyou for all that you do. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 7, 2012

      Awesome!! You’re welcome. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • March 28, 2012

    These look delicious, I can’t wait to try! Thanks!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 28, 2012

      Try putting them under the broiler for few min…yummmmmmmmmmm Reply

  • Alina
    March 8, 2012

    Can you make the toppings a day in advance? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 8, 2012

      Yes πŸ™‚ Reply

  • angelina
    February 8, 2012

    I made those last night….they are so good….oh by the way we ate them with the barely soup you posted. thanks! I always get excited when i see a new post of yours. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 8, 2012

      Did you broil them? Those would go well with soup. Reply

  • Vikulya
    February 7, 2012

    I broiled them. Yummmmm! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 7, 2012

      I don’t like to say it,….. but, told you so πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Vikulya
    February 7, 2012

    Oh, how delicious they were ! Thank you, dear:-) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 7, 2012

      I’m so glad you liked them. Did you try broiling or eat them as is? Reply

  • Polina
    February 3, 2012

    they look cute Reply

  • Sveta
    February 2, 2012

    These r super tasty but dont eat before choir Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 2, 2012

      I know what you mean. If you bake them, the garlic isn’t as potent, but still I agree with you. Don’t eat before choir. lol. Reply

  • Julia
    February 1, 2012

    These look so delicious, and easy to make! i love ur blog, i seriously go on it everyday to check for goodies:) God Bless u Dear! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 1, 2012

      Thanks Julia! God bless you too darlin’! Reply

  • Emma
    January 31, 2012

    Definitly goina to try! Thanks Sunshine:) You post so much thanks 4 having the time to do that God bless you! xx Reply

  • January 31, 2012

    These look so good, yum!!!I will make it for my sisters bridal shower this weekend. Reply

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