3 Quick & Easy Cheese Appetizers

I’ve been talking about Thanksgiving entertaining all week and today I’m sharing a few of my favorite cheese appetizers for a party, or wine & cheese gathering. These are not really “recipes” but more like “easy assembly” lite bites. I displayed them in unique ways using a re-purposed doll hutch, a retro-style kitchen scale, and another faux wooden scale. You can see the complete wine & cheese bar here.

First up are these Italian style canapes. I can make a meal on these alone!

Italian Style Canapes

1 Italian or French baguette, sliced about 1/2 inch thick

Goat Cheese at room temperature

Prepared Pesto

Diced Roma tomatoes

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees while slicing the baguette. Lay the slices on a baking sheet and cook for about 5 minutes, until slightly toasted. Remove bread and spread with Goat cheese, then pesto, and top with diced tomatoes. Serve and enjoy!

This next item uses brie and can be customized to the occasion. For Fall I like to use Pear preserves; for Christmas use Cranberry, Spring and Summer use strawberry or apricot preserves. It’s all delicious.

Brie Bites

1 package philo cups

Small wheel or triangle of brie

Pear Preserves

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, and remove the rind from the brie. Cut small pieces from the brie and place inside each cup. Top with a dollop of preserves and bake for 5 – 7 minutes or until brie is melted. Remove and let cool slightly, and serve.

This last bite sized nibble is one that goes back to my childhood, and I’ve never seen anyone else prepare it. My dad used to make this when they entertained friends and I always loved it. The combination is unexpected but so delicious.

Hawaiian Style Bites

Cheddar Cheese cut into cubes

Canned Pineapple Chunks, drained and patted dry.

Assemble the two ingredients with cheese on the bottom and pineapple on top and insert a toothpick to secure. Serve at room temperature.

Bon Appetit!


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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Nina Patricia says:

    yumm, yumm, yumm. I’m addicted to cheese!

  2. I’ve never tried the Italian Style Canapes with goat cheese…I bet they are amazing! I have a friend that lives in Italy and I got a recipe for something like that but instead of the goat cheese you put a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese, a scoop of pesto and a sliced roma tomato on a sliced baguette. I can’t wait to try it with the goat cheese this time! Thanks for sharing your recipes!


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