Capicola Canapes Recipe -
Capicola Canapes Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Capicola Canapes

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"Easy, delicious appetizer using spicy, capicola ham. Make sure you use fresh basil, as the flavors will not be the same if you use dried. These can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, but be sure to bring them up to room temperature before serving to blend the flavors."

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Original recipe makes 25 canapes Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  1. Slice baguette on the diagonal into 25 slices about 1 inch thick. Spread slices generously with cream cheese.
  2. Place a single basil leaf on top of the cream cheese and press down slightly so basil adheres to cheese. Top with a thin slice of capicola.
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Jan 01, 2008

We made these for a New Years party. They were a big hit with the party goers and super easy to make. We used mascarpone cheese instead since we had it in the fridge but I'm sure it would be great with cream cheese.

Aug 16, 2008

Very good and so easy! I used 2 basil leaves per bread slice and served them with sliced cantaloupe. Thanks for the recipe!


9 Ratings

Oct 15, 2008

Easy, easy and my guests cleaned the plate. I did half capicola and half sopressato. Sopressato went first. Took another's advice, 2 basil leaves (one is too subtle) and served with melon slices. I gave 5 stars for the quick easy and relatively inexpensive idea.

Apr 11, 2011

Easy & tasty! My deli was out of Capicola (seriously), so I had to use Pastrami, but it was still awesome. Other than that, made the recipe exactly as indicated. Took these bad boys to a wine tasting event & not only did I not come home with a single one, but I also didn't even get to try one at the winery (thankfully I snuck one beforehand, lol)!

Apr 09, 2012

Really easy and guests liked them. I doubled the basil leaves.

Sep 30, 2009

I made this for a girls' gathering recently and it was a real winner! I did not have Capicola but used Italian Sopressata instead. I will do as the other reviewer and use both next time. Make sure you use a generous spread of cream cheese and large leaves of basil. Simple, fast and delicious for any get-together.

May 09, 2008

This recipe is fantastic! I took it to a dinner party for 8 and we cleaned the plate! Highly recommended.

Aug 17, 2015

I have made these several times & they always disappear! Definitely let them come up to room temperature before your guests arrive - so much more flavorful. I've been known to spread cream cheese on a roll and stuff it with capicola & fresh basil leaves & eat it as a sandwich - inspired by this recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 318 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.3 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 47 mg
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 24.3 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 11.5 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 644 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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