My mother-in-law is so gracious. When we have family gatherings involving food, she emails me the menu so I can check for low-carb-approved foods. We had a get together yesterday, and my MIL asked us to bring an appetizer for everyone. I made these cute and delicious Ham Chive Cream Cheese Canapés. Ham and cream cheese are a tasty combination on their own, so I jazzed these up with chive and a garnish of sliced grape tomato.
Four ingredients, and that includes the garnish! The ingredients are ham, cream cheese, chives and slices of grape tomato. I picked up some ultra-thin sliced DaBecca ham from my grocer’s deli counter. I used two ham slices for each of my canapés because the slices were so thin. Philadelphia cream cheese is my favorite cream cheese, so that is my top choice for this recipe. It’s so smooth and creamy. I love it. Finally, the chives. It’s best to use freshly chopped chives (as opposed to dry) for these little guys. A little goes a long way for flavor, but add as much as you would like.
The Execution – Ham Chive Cream Cheese Canapés
Let your cream cheese get to room temperature before spreading on the ham. Alternatively, you could use whipped cream cheese for easier mixing and spreading. Gather the ham slices. I like to separate each ham slice before assembling. Doing this ahead of time prevents the slices from getting stuck together and hard to separate during assembly. Finely chop the chives. Stir them into the room-temperature cream cheese in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Lay out a ham slice (or two if yours are very thin), and spread a thin layer cream cheese and chive mixture to the edges of the ham slice. Try to keep the cream cheese thickness as consistent as possible. Once the cream cheese is spread, gently and tightly roll up the ham. Repeat this process until all of your ham slices are rolled.
Grab a very sharp knife. I used our freshly sharpened 8″ Zwilling Pro chef’s knife to cut these. The trick to getting a clean cut and non-squished canapé is to 1) use a super sharp knife and 2) drag the knife in one direction while very gently putting force on the roll. If you cut with a back and forth motion, it could squish the canapé. Putting to much pressure while slicing will also squish it. Slow and steady slicing is the key to a pretty end result.
Once the canapés are cut, top each one with a disc of sliced grape tomato and some chive. Secure everything with a toothpick, and you are ready to serve. These Ham Chive Cream Cheese Canapés are sure to be the star of your next party.
- 8 oz Ham thinly sliced
- 8 oz Cream Cheese Philadelphia recommended
- 1 bunch Chives finely minced, a few set aside for garnish
- 10 whole Grape Tomatoes sliced, for garnish
- Pull out the cream cheese and let it come to room temperature. Alternatively, get whipped cream cheese for easier spreading straight out of the fridge.
- Pull out the ham and separate the slices for easy assembly. Set aside.
- Pull out the chives. Reserve a few chives for garnish. Finely chop the remaining chives. In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and chopped chives. Set aside.
- Slice 10 grape tomatoes into slices, making little discs that will top the canapés. Set aside.
- Lay out a slice of ham and gently spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture on the ham. Roll each topped ham piece into a tight roll.
- With a very sharp knife, slice the rolls into 1"-1.5" long rolls. Wipe cream cheese off the knife as needed for clean cuts.
- Top each canape with one disc of sliced tomato and chive. Secure with decorative toothpicks.
Nutrition Facts for Four Canapés:
Calories: 167 | Total Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 4mg | Total Carbohydrates: 2g, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 2g, NET CARBS: 2g | Protein: 110g
*Recipe can be found on MyFitnessPal under "KetoCanape Ham Chive Cream Cheese Canapés".*
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